Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk

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In the crowded greenroom of a porn-movie production, hundreds of men mill around in their boxers, awaiting their turn with the legendary Cassie Wright. An aging adult film star, Cassie Wright 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.


Told from the perspectives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137, Mr. 600, and Sheila, the talent wrangler who must keep it all under control, Snuff is a dark, wild, and lethally funny novel that brings the presence of pornography in contemporary life into the realm of literary fiction.


About Chuck Palahniuk

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Chuck Palahniuk is the author of the best-selling novels Fight Club, Survivor, Lullaby, Diary, Rant, Damned, and many other works of fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Published May 20, 2008 by Anchor. 208 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Erotica, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bodies and their functions throughout the novel are grotesque rather than titillating, though the author has great sport inventing porn-film titles (To Drill a Mockingbird, Chitty Chitty Gang Bang).

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The New York Times

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It’s as if, like some grumpy groundhog, Palahniuk has come out of his burrow only to tell us he has nothing to say — unless it’s that porn has ruined sex.

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The Guardian

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In an interview promoting his new novel, Chuck Palahniuk - whose best-known work to date is Fight Club, an interesting book which became a more interesting film - was asked his opinion of Martin Amis.

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BC Books

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When Snuff ends, there is no sigh of satisfaction as you close it and think to yourself, “Boy, that was a satisfying read.” Instead, I closed the book and thought, “Ok, that was pretty cool.” It's like a summer blockbuster movie - fun while you are in the midst of it, but when you are finished,...

Jun 15 2008 | Read Full Review of Snuff


He spent a lot of time fantasizing over Cassie as a young man, going so far as to work extra hard at odd jobs to save up enough money for a life-size, realistic blow-up doll of her, only to find out from his adopted mother, while still in the act with the doll, that Cassie is supposedly his real-...

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Snuff, by Chuck Palahniuk, is a story about several people, all connected through their ties to a star of pornography, and their quest to be a part of her legacy.

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AV Club

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Given Chuck Palahniuk's relentless wallowing in gross-out stories tied to taboo subjects—the man who accidentally disembowels himself while masturbating in Haunted, say, or the extended segment on menstrual-pad "pussy prints" in Rant—even hardcore fans can be forgiven for approaching his late...

May 28 2008 | Read Full Review of Snuff

Entertainment Weekly

The premise of veteran shock writer Chuck Palahniuk's latest book is borderline offensive: A famous porn star seeks to break a world record by — ahem — romancing 600 men on film.

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USA Today

The story is told mostly through the narratives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137 and Mr. 600 who share parts of their life stories while waiting their turn with the porn queen.

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Bookmarks Magazine

In his ninth novel, Chuck Palahniuk, known for his self-described "transgressional fiction," shocks again—this time with his depiction of the pornography industry.

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Austin Chronicle

The sex element is obvious in Snuff: 600 sweaty, smelly, overly tanned man whores – whom the character Sheila disparagingly refers to as "pud-pullers," "monkey-milkers," and a litany of other sexual kennings – cram a greenroom, waiting for a turn to bang their way into porn star Cassie Wright and...

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Daily Camera

She acts as talent wrangler/manager of the filming, complete with clipboard and stopwatch as guys are ushered in by random numbers for their encounters with the porn star lasting one minute, no more, no less, no matter what takes place on the mattress.

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Michael Manley 20 Aug 2013

Rated the book as 4 out of 5