Books by Chuck Palahniuk

CHUCK PALAHNIUK's six novels are the bestselling Diary, Lullaby, and Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher; Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke. He is also the author of the nonfiction profile of Portland, Fugitives and Refu

ADJUSTMENT DAY by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: May 1, 2018

"A caustic fantasy about emasculated men, power reversals, proletariat revolution, and extreme violence. Sound familiar?"
An uprising in Portland, Oregon, leads to social revolution and terror in this relentless satire of our splintered times. Read full book review >
MAKE SOMETHING UP by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: May 26, 2015

"Pathos and panic and penitence from one of the darkest and most singular minds in contemporary American lit."
Palahniuk (Beautiful You, 2014, etc.) comes roaring back from a stretch of experimentalism with 23 tales celebrating his ongoing affection for the macabre.Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL YOU by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"By Palahniuk's standards, this is actually a subtle and empathic piece of work."
Less macho than most of Palahniuk's work, this Cinderella-with-sex-toys parable is the transgressive writer's attempt at a feminist (or post-feminist) novel. Read full book review >
BURNT TONGUES by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Dark, subversive and disquieting fiction for readers ready to go all the way down."
Twenty stories of embattled brothers and twisted sisters hand-selected by Palahniuk and two comrades from his online community The Cult. Read full book review >
DOOMED by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"If you only read one book this year about a dead teenager posting on message boards about playing supernaturalist and tempting Satan's wrath, let it be this one."
Well, what do you know? Little Maddy Spencer got out of Hell. God help us all. Read full book review >
Released: June 11, 2012

"Not worth replacing your old paperback, but a nice collector's item for Palahniuk's cult."
Palahniuk (Damned, 2011, etc.) plays literary DJ, revisiting and updating his 1999 novel Invisible Monsters. Read full book review >
DAMNED by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"The novel sustains a consistency of narrative voice, but there is little plot or momentum, until it climaxes at the end with a power play, identity transformation and O. Henry-ish twist, followed by the most frightening of all possible promises: 'To be continued…'"
As the provocative novelist probably intended, reading this book is hell. Read full book review >
TELL-ALL by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: May 4, 2010

"Those who aren't sure what they're in for with Palahniuk won't want to start here."
Beneath the glamour of Hollywood lies an ineffable sadness, a commonplace notion that this occasionally amusing novel both belabors and mocks. Read full book review >
PYGMY by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: May 5, 2009

"Stylistically exhilarating but not for every taste."
A series of dispatches written in fractured and occasionally hilarious English suck readers into the mind of exchange student and would-be terrorist Pygmy. Read full book review >
SNUFF by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: May 20, 2008

"The sordidness might appeal to the Palahniuk's cult following, but it won't extend it."
The notorious novelist's excursion into the world of porn might well be his most moralistic work to date. Read full book review >
RANT by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: May 1, 2007

"Not for everyone, but readers who like to walk on the novelist's wild side will rave."
Viciously incisive and lethally funny social commentary in a novel cast as an oral biography. Read full book review >
HAUNTED by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: May 17, 2005

"Stomach-churning horror that takes a bit too much joy in its diabolic machinations."
A writers' retreat turns out to be more hellish than its participants would have imagined. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 2004

"Dolorous yet exhilarating dispatches from the edge."
Palahniuk takes a break from his pitch-black, apocalyptic fiction (Diary, 2003, etc.) and spins a few yarns about real people—some not insane or suffering from a debilitating illness. Read full book review >
DIARY by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: Aug. 26, 2003

"A loose-limbed nightmare both vaporous and all-enveloping: awe-inspiring."
Failed artist becomes wife of carpenter on picturesque island—then, in Palahniuk's remarkable sixth novel (after Lullaby, 2002), everything goes to hell. Read full book review >
Released: July 8, 2003

"For Palahniuk, the more acute the angle the better, but his is another solid entry in the Crown Journey series, with its premium on deep-dish subjectivity."
Novelist Palahniuk (Lullaby, 2002, etc.) squires readers through Portland at its outlandish best. Read full book review >
LULLABY by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"Outrageous, darkly comic fun of the sort you'd expect from Palahniuk."
The latest comic outrage from Palahniuk (Choke, 2001, etc.) concerns a lethal African poem, an unwitting serial killer, a haunted-house broker, and a frozen baby. In other words, the usual Palahniuk fare. Read full book review >
CHOKE by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: May 15, 2001

"Palahniuk is a cheerful nihilist with a mordant wit and a taste for scatological humor. Fair warning: some may find his language and imagery offensive."
The author of Fight Club (1996) takes as the hero of his fourth novel an unlovable loser who doesn't blame Mom. Read full book review >
SURVIVOR by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Brilliant, engrossing, substantial, and fun: Palahniuk carves out credible, moving dramas from situations that seemed simply outlandish and sad on the evening news. (Author tour)"
A morbidly fascinating black fantasy about a young cult member's rise to fame and his fall from grace, written by West Coast novelist Palahniuk (Fight Club, 1996). Read full book review >
FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"This brilliant bit of nihilism succeeds where so many self-described transgressive novels do not: It's dangerous because it's so compelling."
Brutal and relentless debut fiction takes anarcho-S&M chic to a whole new level—in a creepy, dystopic, confrontational novel that's also cynically smart and sharply written. Read full book review >