Stories to horrify and make you cringe!
So often I felt sick with the feeling of being in the scenes. Plum deep into the darkest depths of human imagination and on a bookshelf in the study will be "Haunted" by Chuck Palahniuk.
I am an avid reader and listener of horror and thrillers with the occasional SciFi and crime noir. I review on Amazon, GR, NG & Audible.
True to form, Palahniuk pens some of the most twisted F'd up characterizations in the business. Bizarre and disturbing, for sure. Prolapsed pearl diving, back alley foot jobs, Breather Betty dolls full of love, Punch a mime for $5, the bowling ball bans. What more do you want? Thumectomys, nightmare boxes, crab lice and Sasquatch cycles…yep. It’s in there.
Palahniuk’s style is undeniable. Cutting dialog, over the top eccentric characters, demented plotting, all sprinkled with a generous amounts of humor and satire. I would expect nothing less. Recommended for all Palahniukians.
This book will make you think with its displays of horror and disgust. I believe the author is reaching deep into the bag of perversion for every example he can find. he is absolutely a well researched writer. the overall message is very clear.
The stories were tasty tender bits, far superior to the overall house plot. Very entertaining and written with guts. Palahniuk doesn't hold anything back and the narrators do a splendid job. Haunted has beautiful gore with exquisite sexy death.
Just a guy looking for a good listen
I like to think that I have a high tolerance for disturbing and disgusting things. This is the first time that I have experienced a story which made me cringe and eventually pause the story. After ten minutes I resumed because I just had to know what happened next.
This book is billed as a collection of short stories. What I enjoyed about this collection is that there is a cohesive narrative which strings the stories together into a complete novel.
I have recommended this book to several people while reading it and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of either Palahniuk's other books or horror type fiction in general.
If you didn't get a deeper meaning out of Saw, or didn't like the movie altogether, save your credit. This book isn't for you.
The people saying, "The charters aren't realistic", or ,"The story isn't believable" very clearly missed the point. This is not a story that can be taken at face value. The characters aren't going to be realistic, because the characters each represent a part of human nature, or our culture. Their stories are philosophical statements about the media and what we want out of it, or contain a deeper "moral". Just like Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead require more thought than understanding the surface story to enjoy, so does this book. It was an excellent book, and very well written.
I was a little unsure of whether to begin this book on my 10 hour car ride to my parents house due to all of the warnings in other reviews; however, I took the chance and I'm glad I did. It's definitely a book for people intrigued by what people are capable of.
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
It is up there for one reason, Twisted and fearless in this twisted-ness
Whittier; can't tell too much but because he is a classically corrupt, twisted, fiendish type of dude.
Hmm, can't say...a voice
Yes and No....sometimes you just need to process what you just heard for a minute....chew on it ((wink))
If you like dark, dirty, twisted and taboo this book is sooo for you!