16 June 1976 |
|Occupation||Novelist, Film Writer, Producer|
|Literary movement||Materialism, Sexual Liberation, Hedonism|
Chad Kultgen born June 16, 1976, is a controversial author notable for publishing several novels on the sexual relationships of Americans. He has published opinion pieces on the Huffington Post, and was a staff writer for Hits and The World Weekly News. His works have been reviewed by Maxim, Penthouse, and the New York Times amongst others. He has several writing and production credits, including for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a 2013 film starring Steve Carell.
Born in Spokane Washington, he lived most of his youth in Lewisville, Texas before turning down a baseball scholarship to Trinity University in San Antonio, TX to write. He went on to University at the school of Cinema and television at the University of Southern California.
Critics have maintained that his books have a tendency, when utilizing male protagonists, to come across as misogynistic and trite. Kultgen claims to frequently, "get messages from people who didn't enjoy the books. They tend to be a bit irate and usually take the time to tell me that I'm the worst living writer, the world would be a better place without me, I have no understanding of women or all of my books should be burned." The New York Times published a balanced piece on his work in 2011, based on interviews with him, and including people who claimed that his works were based on their personas. Penthouse has called his work, "appalling," while Maxim has labelled it, "pure filth." Journalists frequently make reference to purported over-sexualization and sexual obsession of many of his protagonists, especially in the form of male leads objectifying female characters. His later work, including Men, Women, and Children, skewers this paradigm by modifying the gender roles and perspectives, making his male and female characters the apparent victims of the consequences of sexual obsession. He has an average rating of 3.51 on the author review site goodreads.com, with 6,744 ratings, and 1,026 reviews.
- The Average American Male (2007, published by Harper, HarperCollins, Harper Perennial)
- The Lie (2009, Published by Harper, HarperCollins, Harper Perennial)
- Men, Women, and Children (2011, Harper, HarperCollins, Harper Perennial)
- The Average American Marriage (2013, Harper, HarperCollins, Harper Perennial)
- Inguenue (1999, Animator)
- Sing Along Songs: Brother Bear - On My Way (2003, Associate Producer)
- Disney Princess Stories Volume Two: Tales of Friendship (2005, Associate Producer)
- Disney Princess Stories Volume Three: Beauty Shines from Within (2005, Associate Producer)
- Ranger Bios (2007, Writer)
- Ranger Arsenal (2007, Writer)
- Ranger Vehicles (2007, Writer)
- Waiting to Die (2009, Writer, Executive Producer)
- Southern Discomfort (2010, Writer)
- The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013, Writer, Actor)
- Bad Judge (2005, Writer, Executive Producer)
- Kultgen, Chad. "You Can't Handle the Truth". The Huffington Post.
- "Chad Kultgen (Author of The Average American Male)". Goodreads. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- Baker, Jeff. "Bookmarks: Q&A with Chad Kultgen, author of 'The Average American Marriage'". The Oregonian.
- LaPorte, Nicole. "A Raw Voice of Young Manhood Makes a Bid for Literary Respect". The New York Times.
- "The Average American Marriage Unabridged". Harper Collins.