Episode 2 – The Church of Chuck (Palahniuk)


Since the late-1990s, nearly every angsty, wanna-be writer has gone through a Chuck Palahniuk phase (Fight Club, Survivor, Choke).

I was no exception.

Presented in this episode are three short stories from when I was a devoted follower of “The Church of Chuck”.

Music Credits:

Preface – “Ikea Man” by The Dust Brothers on Fight Club – Original Soundtrack

Intro – “Medula Oblongata” by The Dust Brothers on Fight Club – Original Soundtrack

Segue #1 – “The Necessary Dark” by Ordinary Neighbors on The Necessary Dark

Segue #2 – “Marla” by The Dust Brothers on Fight Club – Original Soundtrack

Outro – “The Choice is Yours” by Blacksheep on A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Photo Credit: Chris Saunders – chrismsaunders.com


Episode 1 – The Thing: An Original Read-Along Record Book

When I was a kid, they made record books of everything I loved – the Star Wars trilogy, Gremlins, Batman and Robin, Spider-Man, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and even The Last Starfighter! But now that I’m an adult, I look at that time period (circa 1975 – 1989) and think, “Man, there are some really classic films that didn’t get the record book treatment!” Then again, back in the day, movies like Nightmare on Elm Street, Total Recall, and Robocop were R-rated bloodfests made for adults, instead of the neutered, PG-13, slapfights made for middle schoolers that we know today.

Inspired by this notion, I decided to start creating my own condensed, audio versions of these too-hot-for-record-book films. And I could think of no better movie to start with than John Carpenter’s 1982 cult classic The Thing.

Be sure to stop by the show notes at spacemonkeyx.net to download the retro-inspired record book in PDF format, so you can get the entire experience.

In addition, because this project has a visual component, I created a simple slideshow YouTube video for the Space Monkey X Audio Workshop channel.

PARENTAL WARNING: This is The Thing we’re talking about here, so there are a few words, as well as description and images of gruesomeness that might not be appropriate for all ages and sensibilities.