Chuck Palahniuk is Damned in Episode 50 of The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy

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Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and new novel Damned, joins us to discuss chatting with telemarketers, being appalled at Hollywood hypocrisy, and writing stories that make people faint dead away.


Geek's Guide to the Galaxy is hosted by John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley.

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This episode includes:

Part 1: Interview with Chuck Palahniuk (1:20)

Topics covered: Public appearances and tiaras, "Guts" makes people faint, school sucks, the ideas behind "Romance," Hell and Halloween, telemarketing in "Cold Calling" and Damned, Nickelodeon?!, Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, Clarion West, transgressive fiction and 9/11, writing lessons, workshop experiences, Hollywood hypocrisy, endings of the Fight Club and Choke movies, controversial line in Fight Club, jokes in "The Knock Knock," oncologist anecdote, upcoming work

Part 2: Guest Geek Grady Hendrix joins us to discuss Satan (26:18)

Topics covered: Early memories of Satan, Satan in the Bible, Dante's Inferno, why does Satan want souls?, why fight God if he's omnipotent?, Paradise Lost, Rosemary's Baby & The Exorcist, Jack Chick, resistance to Judeo-Christian ideas, is manifesting a good devil strategy?, Neil Gaiman's Sandman, why is so much geography named for the devil?, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Night, the South Park devil, The Screwtape Letters, Tim Pratt's Sympathy for the Devil anthology, Needful Things, Joe Hill's Horns, King James and demonology, Stephen Brust's To Reign in Hell, Grady Hendrix talks about his first novel Satan Loves You

Thanks for listening!

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John Joseph Adams is an anthologist, a writer, and a geek. He is the bestselling editor of the anthologies Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, The Living Dead 2, By Blood We Live, Federations, The Way of the Wizard, and The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Forthcoming anthologies include Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom (Simon & Schuster, 2012), Armored (Baen, 2012), and The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination (Tor, 2012). He is a 2011 Hugo Award-nominee for Best Editor (Short Form), his books have been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, and he has been called "the reigning king of the anthology world" by Barnes & He is also the editor of Lightspeed Magazine and Fantasy Magazine. Find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams.

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David Barr Kirtley has published fiction in magazines such as Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, Lightspeed,Intergalactic Medicine Show, On Spec, and Cicada, and in anthologies such as New Voices in Science Fiction,Fantasy: The Best of the Year, and The Dragon Done It. Recently he's contributed stories to several of John's anthologies, including The Living Dead, The Living Dead 2, and The Way of the Wizard. He's attended numerous writing workshops, including Clarion, Odyssey, Viable Paradise, James Gunn's Center for the Study of Science Fiction, and Orson Scott Card's Writers Bootcamp, and he holds an MFA in screenwriting and fiction from the University of Southern California. He also teaches regularly at Alpha, a Pittsburgh-area science fiction workshop for young writers. He lives in New York.

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Dr. Grizzly

I absolutely loved "And The Deep Blue Sea". There was a fantastic reading of it you guys linked to back in the Steve Ealey episode which I thought totally did it justice. I loved how she only ever called the devil Nick. Plus the woman reading said it with this tone like he was an old friend, something about that just stuck with me.

My one gripe with today's podcast was the use of the term "Judeo-Christian". I may be generalizing here, but I feel like atheists have a tendency to group Jews and Christians together in terms of general theology, but that can be really misleading. Judaism has no concept of Hell or Satan, and in fact only the vaguest, poorly defined descriptions of Heaven. There is no "Judeo-Christian" view of the devil, just a Christian view. I'm not trying to be a jerk, just pointing out something, non-Jews might not have known.

I found Dave's take on Satan interesting as it was similar to mine. Not being raised in a religion a with a devil, I was pretty unfamiliar with the concept, and most of my first notions were formed by pop culture, especially comic books.