The Invention of Sound

Chuck Palahniuk. Grand Central, $27 (240p) ISBN 978-1-5387-1800-1
Palahniuk (Fight Club) puts a wickedly playful spin on the mechanics of horror filmmaking in this genre-bending novel. Mitzi Ives is the proprietor of Ives Foley Arts, a sound effects company that specializes in selling canned screams to the film industry. Mitzi’s products are in high demand owing to their authenticity: unknown to most, she creates them by recording the agonized shrieks of the people she butchers in her sound studio. Mitzi is on a collision course with Gates Foster, a bereaved father who has never recovered from the disappearance of his seven-year-old daughter, Lucinda, who went missing 17 years earlier. Readers will be able to guess Lucinda’s connection to Mitzi, though Palahniuk adds enough twists to keep the mystery fresh. This dark, humorous tale sparkles with inventive details—including a scream powerful enough to crumble buildings—and provocative insights on “the commodification of pain” and what it means to turn “people’s basic humanity into something that could be bought and sold.” The result is a wry, devilish delight. Agents: Dan Kirschen and Sloan Harris, ICM. (Sept.)
Reviewed on : 06/23/2020
Release date: 09/08/2020
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror
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