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

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For readers with guts: a lovely collection of twenty-two disturbing stories from shock-master, Chuck Palahniuk, guaranteed to unsettle those who aren’t deranged yet. But they’re also immensely entertaining and hilarious, particularly to those with an appreciation for black humor. The taboos are bound to offend and may make you cringe or even hurl; the humor may make you laugh until you asphyxiate. A stand-out story is Red Sultan’s Big Boy, about a loving father who buys his daughter a horse with a stained reputation. It pokes fun at the absurdity of political correctness and describes—in graphic detail—a disgusting and very haunting viral video. You won’t be bored, for sure.

-- Lucas

— From Lucas K. Staff Picks


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 From the Hardcover edition.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780345807120
ISBN-10: 034580712X
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: April 19th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English