Chuck Palahniuk, Cape, £12.99
A group of would-be writers are locked in an old theatre for three months. While they wait for something saleable to happen, they tell each other Chuck Palahniuk stories: gory new urban myths about sex and death in alternative therapy, cooking, the art world. Few of the characters have much character, and none has a voice distinguishable from the author’s, which heightens the impact to the point of kitsch. More a horror movie than a modern Canterbury Tales, but it’s okay horror.