Haunted is on one level a satire of reality television: The Real World meets Alive. It draws from a great literary tradition, The Canterbury Tales, The Decameron, the English storytellers in the Villa Diodati who produced, among other works, Frankenstein, to tell an utterly contemporary tale of people desperate that their story be told at any cost. Appallingly entertaining, Haunted is Chuck Palahniuk at his finest, which means his most extreme and his most provocative.
©2005 Chuck Palahniuk; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"[The stories] consistently, powerfully transcend their macabre premises to showcase the heart beating beneath the horrors." (Publishers Weekly)
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!
Yes - but only those who like to get down and dirty with their morals!
I don't think you can go past St Gutfree and the opening story. Listen and squirm! The story about the anatomically detailed dolls runs a close second - I almost had to pull my car to the side of the road at certain parts of that story - its hard to drive, squirm and cringe at the same time!
The one thing I would add to this is that there are really no "likeable" characters in this book, and as a group they become despicable. Thats what makes it fun ;)
Narration was excellent - probably the best I've heard in an audiobook. Perfect.
I really enjoyed this book, and intend to go on a "Chuck-a-thon" over the next few months!
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