The Next Chuck Palahniuk?

So yesterday I was having a film meeting at Pazzo's, and the writer of the short we're going to be producing next month (weather and time permitting) handed me the manuscript to his novel The Dope.

I'm about 50 pages in so far, and it's excellent. Very stream of consciousness, and very Chuck Palahniuk. Now all I need to do is figure out if (a) I want to become his literary agent (after all, I'm used to talking to publishers - I had to do it all the time as a freelancer), or (b) if I just want to find an agent for him (in which case, if anyone knows how to contact Chuck Palahniuk's literary agent, please let me know). Either way, it needs to get out there. This is good shit. Needs a bit of reformatting, and there's a couple of mis-used words in there, but that's what editors are for.

The story itself strikes me as what you'd get if Chuck did Trainspotting instead of Irvine Welsh. Except without the phonetically spelled Scottish accent liberally strewn throughout the pages.

It's certainly a page turner. Just have to wait and see... Jay Passer is the name of the author. Keep an eye out for him. You heard it here first, folks.

(BTW.... just in case you're not aware, Chuck Palahniuk wrote - amongst other excellent books - Fight Club)

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Simon Cooke is an occasional video game developer, ex-freelance journalist, screenwriter, film-maker, musician, and software engineer in Seattle, WA.

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Anonymous wrote on Monday, June 27, 2005:

I went to high school with a Jay Passer back in the early 80’s and I wonder if this is the same guy. VERY creative guy, we used to play guitar together all the time. Is this author around 40 now? Also, any idea if there’s a photo of him anywhere on the web?



Scott wrote on Friday, November 11, 2005:

Yo Eddie–Don’t think it is the same Jay. I became really good friends with Jay when he first got to Seattle in the mid 80’s or so from the Bay Area. And Simon, what do you think of Jay’s poetry, which I feel is his strong suit? By the way, please let Jay know that Scott can be reached in Beijing at [email protected] Thanks a million, best to the both of you–Scott.

Anonymous wrote on Monday, February 13, 2006:

fuck all of you

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