Palahniuk’s New Book Damned

Funny story. I did not realize that today was the release date for DAMNED, Chuck Palahniuk’s new novel.

So naturally…. I drove across town in the pouring rain and tumultuous wind in my Matchbox car to buy it. The wind nearly flipped me, but I braved it, rushing in, buying the book for an insane amount of money, and leaving.

Was it worth it?

It’s CHUCK PALAHNIUK!!! He’s awesome!

He wrote Fight Club, Choke, Lullaby, Invisible Monsters, and Rant. Not to mention tons of other awesome books.

What’s this one about?

“Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued eleven-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a mari­juana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell. Madison shares her cell with a motley crew of young sinners that is almost too good to be true: a cheerleader, a jock, a nerd, and a punk rocker, united by fate to form the six-feet-under version of everyone’s favorite detention movie. Madison and her pals trek across the Dandruff Desert and climb the treacherous Mountain of Toenail Clippings to confront Satan in his citadel. All the popcorn balls and wax lips that serve as the currency of Hell won’t buy them off.

This is the afterlife as only Chuck Palahniuk could imagine it: a twisted inferno where The English Patient plays on end­less repeat, roaming demons devour sinners limb by limb, and the damned interrupt your dinner from their sweltering call center to hard-sell you Hell. He makes eternal torment, well, simply divine.

So, should you read it? Did I mention that CHUCK PALAHNIUK wrote it!!!!!!!! It’s going to be intensely inappropriate, super creative, and hilarious. I cannot wait to read it. Now I’ll stop posting this blog and get crackin’ on reading.

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About Derek Berry

Derek Berry is a novelist and spoken word poet. Derek is the author of Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County (PRA Publishing, 2016). He co-founded and organizes The Unspoken Word, a literary non-profit based out of Charleston, SC, which provides an intendent home for the poetic arts through regular readings, workshops, and community fundraisers. He is on the Executive Board of the Charleston Poetry Festival, the inaugural production of which will be Fall 2017. His work has appeared in The Southern Tablet, Cattywampus, Charleston Currents, Illuminations, RiverSedge, and other journals.He has performed in venues across the United States and Germany. He has worked as a photographer’s assistant, busboy, and bookseller. He currently works at a curation facility for Cold War History.

Posted on October 18, 2011, in Blogging, books, Characters, Education, Language, library, novel, publishing, Word Salad, writer, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I’m glad you made it to the book store and back in one piece! Also good to know that people still buy actual books…

    Let me know if this one meets your exceedingly high expectations…

  2. Hello! I’ve been reading your web site for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from New Caney Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!

  3. I’m not that significantly of a internet reader to be honest but your blogs really good, maintain it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your internet site to come back down the road. Cheers

  1. Pingback: Review: Damned by Chuck Palahniuk « Word Salad

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