by Chuck Palahniuk

But 'here' turns out to be a cavernous and ornate old theater where they are utterly isolated from the outside world - and where heat and power and, most importantly, food are in increasingly short supply.

And the more desperate the circumstances become, the more desperate the stories they tell - and the more devious their machinations to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/non-fiction blockbuster that will certainly be made from their plight.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.59
  • Pages: 419
  • Publish Date: April 11th 2006 by Anchor
  • Isbn10: 1400032822
  • Isbn13: 9781400032822

What People Think about "Haunted"

Because it's gross, and it isn't that funny! ** Update : the hurl has now been performed, and Chuck Palahnik's Haunted sailed in a graceful arc then smashed against the wall, its guts spilled out and several rodents started gnawing them...oh shut up.

And that's what Palahniuk does best: he writes about the dark sides of people and how precious little it takes to make those sides surface. And don't take Palahniuk's pretentious tale of Saint Gut-Free's story making people pass out at face value.

Usually gruesome or grotesque, the stories eventually create the world each person inhabits, explain why they agreed to drop off the face of the earth for a while, and how they relate to the other characters in the book. While the stories in the book are (as everyone has said) sometimes depraved, they all aren't like that and the book ends on a beautifully optimistic note - though not everyone is going to think that way. And I encourage anyone who is thinking of reading Haunted to do the same thing.

The book has a chapter of plot, followed by either a poem or short story from one of the participants. All of the stories/poems are obviously written by the same person.

It creates an outrageous yet believable scenerio and follows inexorably to its horrifying conclusion. The rest of the book reads like it's trying to keep up with the pace of the first story, but it can't. For every story that almost hits the right stride (Exodus) there are those that just plain don't make sense (Punch Drunk, Something's Got to Give) This is the second Palanhuik book that I've read, and I think there really is something there.

The narrator Saint Gut-Free (whos alias is explained at the end of the chapter) a specifically terrifying masturbation escapade. While finding satisfaction in his family pool by sticking his rear end in the water intake at the bottom of the pool, Gut-Free finds his small intestines -in Laymans terms- being sucked out of his asshole. However, the tale doesnt end here. Now, when asked why he is oh so heroinly chic thin, Saint Gut -Free can only smile.

All of them are written to shock yet the brevity of the tales keeps both writer and reader focused. This is the third book by this author I've read. The only reason I read three is because Pahalnuik is one hell of a writer at least technically. And from the short stories in this book I know he can pack a punch when he wants to.

Otherwise I would say to avoid this one until you have read a good amount of his earlier work so as not to taint your judgement.

People who are just trying to be gross can't help but be entertaining, no matter how see-thru their intent. You can't ignore the little boy who's trying to wipe his boogers on you, and when his parents have finally collared him, with anger and gag relex fully suppressed you have to admit the whole thing was actually pretty funny.

Reminding you instantly of the horrors you read before bed, making your stomach churn. This book is a bitch slap in the face reminder that some of these horrors that you will read happen in the world around you, and will make you nauseous and shift around in your seat from discomfort. You will feel like you need to shower after reading some of these stories, that your brain needs deep cleaning.

While on the road in support of Diary, Chuck began reading a short story entitled 'Guts,' which would eventually become part of the novel Haunted. Then, in 2009, Chuck increased his involvement by committing to read and review a selection of fan-written stories each month. The best stories are currently set to be published in Burnt Tongues, a forthcoming anthology, with an introduction written by Chuck himself.