Chuck Palahniuk writes a Hell of a story
For Madison Spencer, the 13-year-old narrator of Chuck Palahniuk’s new novel Damned, the most unpleasant thing about being doomed to Hell isn’t the “noxious Great Ocean of Wasted Sperm,” or even the giant, flesh-eating demons, but rather, endless screenings of The English Patient.
Not that Palahniuk, 49, wants to start a literary beef with Canadian author Michael Ondaatje, whose book the movie is based on. “I just wanted something that Madison would not really appreciate,” he says over the phone from his home in Portland, Ore. “And that’s a movie that was kind of a slog to get through, so Madison and I agree on that point.”
Besides, it seems nothing is safe from satire in the Fight Club author’s 12th novel, which can best be described as a cross between Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club and Dante’s Inferno. Like the latter, Damned is the first book in a planned trilogy, and Palahniuk says he’s almost finished writing the second. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)