February 24, 2015
Chuck Palahniuk reveals excerpt from Fight Club 2
by Nick Davies
Nearly twenty years after the publication of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Fight Club—the source material for a little movie by David Fincher that you might have heard of—a sequel to the book is coming up. Palahniuk first announced plans for the follow-up at 2013’s Comic-Con in San Diego, where he explained that Fight Club 2 would be a serialized graphic novel.
According to Oliver Gettell of the Los Angeles Times, Palahniuk elaborated further on his website (the page there is no longer up):
It will likely be a series of books that update the story ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden. Nowadays, Tyler is telling the story, lurking inside Jack, and ready to launch a come-back. Jack is oblivious. Marla [Singer] is bored. Their marriage has run aground on the rocky coastline of middle-aged suburban boredom. It’s only when their little boy disappears, kidnapped by Tyler, that Jack is dragged back into the world of Mayhem.
Late last week, Playboy revealed an exclusive excerpt from the upcoming sequel, written by Palahniuk and drawn by artist Cameron Stewart. Its tone is, not surprisingly, on the surreal side, with oblique dialogue and a somewhat ambiguous sense of what’s really happening; the first thing the narrator says out loud in these opening six pages is, “I’m not me.” The main characters from the novel are present: the main character Jack, Tyler Durden (narrating, per Palahniuk, the action from within Jack), and Marla Singer, now married to the narrator.
Fight Club 2 will be published by Dark Horse Comics, which states in its press release for the book, “Some imaginary friends never go away… Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife, pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long; the wife has seen to that. The time has come…Rize or Die.” The book will hit stands on May 27, with a sample available in many stores on Free Comic Book Day on May 2.
Nick Davies was a publicist at Melville House.