Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread

Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread

by Chuck Palahniuk


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Stories you'll never forget—just try—from literature's favorite transgressive author

Representing work that spans several years, Make Something Up is a compilation of 21 stories and one novella (some previously published, some not) that will disturb and delight. In "Expedition," fans will be thrilled to find to see a side of Tyler Durden never seen before in a precusor 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, while 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345807120
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 121,249
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.68(d)

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


Portland, Oregon

Date of Birth:

February 21, 1962

Place of Birth:

Pasco, Washington


B.A. in journalism, University of Oregon, 1986

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Table of Contents

Knock-Knock 1

Eleanor 10

How Monkey Got Married, Bought a House, and Found Happiness in Orlando 18

Zombies 28

Loser 40

Red Sultan's Big Boy 50

Romance 70

Cannibal 80

Why Coyote Never Had Money for Parking 89

Phoenix 102

The Facts of Life 122

Cold Calling 129

The Toad Prince 136

Smoke 146

Torcher 149

Liturgy 176

Why Aardvark Never Landed on the Moon 182

Fetch 195

Expedition 211

Mister Elegant 232

Tunnel of Love 246

Inclinations 255

How a Jew Saved Christmas 310

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