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  • Published: 18 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099552598
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $19.99


A dark, disturbing and very, very funny new novel from the inimitable Chuck Palahniuk – his best yet.

Thirteen year old Madison has problems: she’s overweight, ignored by her movie star parents, and in love with her adopted brother. She’s also dead. But not just dead. Madison is in Hell. Chuck Palahniuk’s latest, Damned, takes us on Madison’s journey through Hell, as she navigates the Hillocks of Discarded Nail Pairings and the River of Vomit, meeting everyone from Charles Darwin to Marilyn Monroe, with a colorful cast of characters (damned for unspeakable acts, like wearing white shoes after Labor Day), to determine why she’s really there, and whether she will be damned for eternity. In Damned, Hell really does exist, as a place where your only career choice is telemarketer (yes, that’s where those calls actually originate), the currency is Halloween candy, and 'the in-flight movie is always The English Patient, never The Breakfast Club.' With witty, laugh-out-loud prose, and a twist like only Palahniuk can write, this dark comedic novel is sure to be ranked among his best.

  • Pub date: 18 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099552598
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk is the bestselling author of fifteen fictional works, including Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, Haunted, Rant, Pygmy, Tell-All, Damned, Doomed, Beautiful You, and, most recently, Make Something Up. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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Praise for Damned

“The Lovely Bones meets The Shawshank Redemption via Judy Blume. Expect to be appalled”


“True to Palahniuk form, Damned is gross in parts, scandalous in others and funny throughout”

Time Out

“Gleefully riffing on Judy Blume's 1970 coming-of-age classic Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, Palahniuk's dead heroine must traverse the infernal landscape in search of Satan - and of her true self - as she tries to discover exactly how she died”

Financial Times

“Vintage chuck - as dark as it gets”


“The vistas of his underworld are engrossing”


“The hip, flip prose skips along invoking and ridiculing pop culture”

The List

“Damned is highly imaginative and downright funny, representing Chuck Palahniuk at his satirical, twisted best”

Liverpool Post

“A dark but funny novel about a 13-year-old girl's journey through hell”


“Funny and sad, Damned still sneaks in the moments of graphic obnoxiousness that have made Palahniuk into a notorious cult figure”

Stephen Daultrey, Bizarre

“Palahniuk certainly has a way with words. His ever-inventive, high-energy prose is a joy”

Daily Mirror

“Damned is vintage Chuck - as dark as it gets, but with loads of gross-out humour, all your favourite dead celebs, and plenty of grim details of the Inferno's unmentionable horrors”

Dazed & Confused

“Very funny”

William Leith, Metro

“An almost divine comedy that conjures up an underworld whose sinners are more likely to be guilty of sartorial, not satanic, misdemeanors”

Emma Hagestadt, Independent

“Very funny”

William Leith, Scotsman

“The vistas of his underworld are engrossing”


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