Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk (1962-)


Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk (February 21, 1962) is an American novelist and freelance journalist, who describes his work as transgressional fiction. He is the author of the award-winning novel Fight Club, which also was made into an acclaimed film of the same name.

Palahniuk began writing fiction in his mid-30s. By his account, he started writing while attending workshops for writers that were hosted by Tom Spanbauer, which he attended to meet new friends. Spanbauer largely inspired Palahniuk's minimalistic writing style.

Palahniuk's books prior to Lullaby have distinct similarities. The characters are people who have been marginalized in one way or another by society, and often react with self-destructive aggressiveness. He labels these stories as transgressional fiction. Beginning with Lullaby, the style of his novels changed to mostly satirical horror stories.

Palahniuk has won the following awards:


  • 1997 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (for Fight Club)
  • 1997 Oregon Book Award for Best Novel (for Fight Club)
  • 2003 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (for Lullaby)

He was nominated for the 1999 Oregon Book Award for Best Novel for Survivor and for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel for Lullaby in 2002 and for Haunted in 2005.

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