This year brings not one, but two new opportunities for Fight Club fans to indulge in their inner Tyler Durden. Almost 20 years after writing the novel that inspired the 1999 cult movie, author Chuck Palahniuk is revisiting some of his most iconic characters. On Monday, Palahniuk released Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread, a collection of 21 short stories and one novella that are said to “disturb and delight.” One of those short stories will act as a prequel to the events of his novel, showing “a side of Tyler Durden never before seen.” And, on Tuesday, Palahniuk and Dark Horse comics released the first issue of Fight Club 2, their new graphic novel series that will detail the “boring” suburban life of the unnamed narrator and his wife, Marla.
For all the wannabe members of Project Mayhem out there, The A.V. Club has an opportunity for you to get your hands on these brand new publications. One grand prize winner will receive a copy of Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread and Fight Club 2 - Issue 1, both signed by Chuck Palahniuk himself. Five runners-up will win a copy of Make Something Up. For your chance to win, simply send an email to email@example.com with the subject line “Palahniuk.” Be sure to include your name and mailing address in the body of the email. US entrants only. One grand prize winner and five runners-up will be selected, at random, from eligible entries on Thursday, June 4. Estimated retail value of the prize is $30.95. An official synopsis for both Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread and Dark Horse Comics’ Fight Club 2 - Issue 1 can be found below.
“In Make Something Up, both 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.”
“The sequel will be told from the— at first— submerged perspective of Tyler Durden as he observes the day-to-day tedium of the narrator’s life. Because 20th Century-Fox created the convention of calling the protagonist Jack, I’m calling him Cornelius. He’s living a compromised life with a failing marriage, unsure about his passion for his wife. The typical midlife bullshit. Likewise, Marla is unsatisfied and dreams of accessing the wild man she’d once fallen in love with. She tampers with the small pharmacy of drugs that her husband needs to suppress Tyler, and— go figure— Tyler reemerges to terrorize their lives.”