Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread (Paperback)

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Finally receiving a degree in communications, Monkey takes her newly written resume to Llewellyn Food Product Marketers, Inc. Now employed, she finds herself standing behind a folding table located in grocery and department stores offering food samples for shopping consumers. Blessed with nonstop charm and a pleasant smile, Monkey was an instant success. However, when the company is faced with the test of selling a problematic kind of cheese that has the fragrance of feces and burning hair with a touch of salmonella, an unforgettable cast of characters appear. All watch in tense drama as Coyote throws down his gauntlet in an ultimate challenge for promotion.
This and many others make up a collection of short stories full of wit and humor written by none other than Chuck Palahniuk himself. Chuck has a peculiar way of exposing the reader to awkward situations that is guaranteed to stir an inner emotion or two. From an overfed cat that is the center of an inconceivable insurance scam, to a father taking full advantage of a teachable moment for his young son to learn the twisted truth about the facts of life. It's all here. All the out of the ordinary bases are covered in this book of the bizarre.
Labeled as Transgressional Fiction, Palahniuk often creates characters that have been marginalized in one way or another by society, and then react with self-destructive aggressiveness. Embellishing in the fact that 'truth is stranger than fiction', Palahniuk has accomplished a strong cult following by infusing personal experience with enjoyable exploits. Due to his early success with the novel Fight Club, Chuck has been allowed free reign and creativity for future projects. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread brings his uncommon style of originality to the page in small portions of controlled insanity.

— Mike, Albuquerque


Chuck Palahniuk, literature's favorite transgressive author, gives us twenty-one stories and one novella in Make Something Up, a compilation that disturbs and delights in equal measure. In "Expedition," fans will be thrilled to find to see a side of Tyler Durden never seen before in a precursor story to Fight Club. And in other stories, the absurdity of both life and death are on full display: in "Zombies," the best and brightest of a high school prep school become tragically addicted to the latest drug craze—electric shocks from cardiac defibrillators; in "Knock, Knock," a son hopes to tell one last off-color joke to a father in his final moments; and in "Tunnel of Love," a massage therapist runs the curious practice of providing "relief" to dying clients. Funny, caustic, bizarre, poignant, these stories represent everything readers have come to love and expect from Chuck Palahniuk. You'll never forget them. Just try.

About the Author

CHUCK PALAHNIUK is the author of fourteen novels—Beautiful You, Doomed, Damned, Tell-All, Pygmy, Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Diary, Lullaby, Choke, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and Fight Club—which have sold more than five million copies altogether in the United States. He is also the author of Fugitives and Refugees, published as part of the Crown Journey Series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him on the web at

Praise For…

Praise for Chuck Palahniuk and Make Something Up:

"Palahniuk doesn't write for tourists. He writes for hard-core devotees drawn to the wild, angry imagination on display and the taboo-busting humor."
—The New York Times 
"Palahniuk is a bracingly toxic purveyor of dread and mounting horror. He makes nihilism fun."
—Vanity Fair

“Palahniuk displays a Swiftian gift for satire, as well as a knack for crafting mesmerizing sentences."
San Francisco Examiner

“Few contemporary writers mix the outrageous and the hilarious with greater zest.”

"Few authors have captured the pathologies of modern life quite like Palahniuk."
Rocky Mountain News

“Chuck Palahniuk is one of the most intriguing writers of our time.”
—Tucson Citizen

"For the first time, Palahniuk collects his short stories, which feature his signature humor, horror, and grit. [The] other stories deal with fire, bodily fluids, malfunctions, critiques of material society, bestiality, a bewitched tennis ball, and a murder at a Burning Man-type retreat. The collection is essential for Palahniuk fans and will likely win him some new ones."
Publishers Weekly

"Palahniuk comes roaring back from a stretch of experimentalism with 23 tales celebrating his ongoing affection for the macabre... Pathos and panic and penitence from one of the darkest and most singular minds in contemporary American lit."
Kirkus Reviews

"Even as you likely suffer debilitating motion sickness from the jarring emotional turns on every other page, you’ll be inescapably restrained by an author who knows exactly what he’s doing and has you right where he wants you. Palahniuk’s uniquely modern style throws out any antiquated conventions that could keep him from destroying any expectations that keep you in complacent narrative comfort."

Product Details
ISBN: 9780345807120
ISBN-10: 034580712X
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: April 19th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English