10 Best Chuck Palahniuk Books That All Book Lovers Need To Read

Share via

Charles Michael Palahniuk, known professionally as Chuck Palahniuk, is an American novelist, who describes his work as transgressional fiction. He is the author of the award-winning novel Fight Club, which also was made into a popular film of the same name. In this list, we compiled the 10 best Chuck Palahniuk books for you.

10. Damned

This Palahniuk novel concerns a thirteen year old girl, named Madison who finds herself in Hell, unsure of why she will be there for all eternity, but tries to do her best in order to make it through.

9. Snuff

This novel is about an aging adult film star named Cassie Wright, who intends to cap her career by breaking the world record for serial fornication by having sex with 600 men on camera—one of whom may want to kill her.

8. Diary

This Palahniuk novel concerns a diary which is the eerie tale told by Misty Marie Wilmot, a waitress in a hotel, as her husband lies in a coma after a suicide attempt. Once she was an art student dreaming of creativity and freedom, but she hasn’t painted in years.

7. Haunted

It is a novel, which includes twenty-three made up stories of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter.

6. Rant

It's a novel about a serial killer, named Buster 'Rant' Casey. A high school rebel, Rant Casey escapes from his small town home for the big city where he becomes the leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing. Rant Casey will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his short, violent life.

5. Lullaby

In this novel, a journalist, named Carl Streator, is doing a story on crib death when he notices a strange connection between not only the deaths of these babies, but of his own wife and infant as well. As Streator continues to investigate a culling song he believes is responsible for all these deaths, he meets Helen Hoover Boyle, a real estate agent, who has also suffered and profited from this same culling song.

4. Choke

This novel is about the story of Victor Mancini, a guy trying to find meaning in his life. His mother is sick and he pays for her healthcare by pretending to choke on food then making the person who “saves” him feel responsible for his life. In the end, those people find themselves duty bound to help Victor with his problems. Therefore, they give him money when he asks for it, money he uses to pay his mother’s hospital bills.

3. Invisible Monsters

This Palahniuk novel concerns Shannon McFarland, a model actually making it big in the ugly world of fashion. But, because of a terrible accident, she’s left completely disfigured, and is forced to come to terms with being someone who once stood out of the crowds to now being completely invisible. Her struggle sounds incredibly superficial, and it is, but the book explores more than just he superficial world of fashion.

2. Survivor

In this novel, Tender Branson—last surviving member of the so-called Creedish Death Cult—is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. Before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid- and collagen-packed media messiah, author of a best-selling autobiography, Saved from Salvation, and the even better selling Book of Very Common Prayer.

1. Fight Club

It follows the experiences of an unnamed protagonist struggling with insomnia. Inspired by his doctor's exasperated remark that insomnia is not suffering, the protagonist finds relief by impersonating a seriously ill person in several support groups. Then he meets a mysterious man named Tyler Durden and establishes an underground fighting club as radical psychotherapy.

Like it? Share with your friends!

Share via
Send this to a friend