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Haunted

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Publisher's Summary

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them. 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 important, food are in increasingly short supply. And the more desperate the circumstances become, the more extreme the stories they tell, and the more devious their machinations become to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/nonfiction blockbuster that will surely be made from their plight.

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.

What the Critics Say

"[The stories] consistently, powerfully transcend their macabre premises to showcase the heart beating beneath the horrors." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Misty Dawn 06-08-16
    Misty Dawn 06-08-16
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    "I hesitate to review books I love...."

    But I feel I should at least try. It's difficult to put into words exactly how brilliant this book is on so many levels, and even more difficult to recommend to the masses. That being said, if you're are here to be enlightened, not just entertained...if you aren't easily offended by every single taboo that can be conjured and brought to light through the power of your own imagination, PLEASE BUY THIS BOOK! And if you do, and you won't or can't appreciate one of the greatest satirists since Mark Twain, PLEASE, just leave...don't post a negative review and keep others from the thrill of this amazing ride. Thank you, and ENJOY!

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    MCV 12-07-15
    MCV 12-07-15
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    "The overarching story made no sense."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change 2 things. First, make the overarching story actually actually relevant to the short stories. Second,


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There are several stories about one of the character's daughter. I think they should have been combined into one section instead of spread out.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    He did very well.


    Did Haunted inspire you to do anything?

    I like the over arching story mixed with short stories. Would be an interest concept to try.


    Any additional comments?

    Great concept, but bad execution.

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    Sean Driskell 12-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Difficult to follow"
    What disappointed you about Haunted?

    I expected a horror novel, instead it was a confusing story that was hard to follow.


    What could Chuck Palahniuk have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He goes into very elaborate tangents that take so long you forget what he was originally talking about. Also, the characters don't have names, instead the characters have titles like "The Earl of Slander," and "The Duke of Vandals." ... Whatever that means


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator had a computer voice, worse than siri, more like Stephen Hawking. The rhythm is constant like a computer.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed. I read Damned and was looking forward to reading Fight Club until now. The writing style is hard to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the short stories in this book are good, but its hard to tell when the short story ends and the writers retreat picks up again. The story that goes on during the writers retreat is stupid. Cutting off body parts so they can get famous. I found myself saying "huh? Thats just.... stupid."

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    PinkPunkRockPrincess 10-19-15
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    "Even More Disturbing Hearing It Aloud"
    What did you love best about Haunted?

    I love this book, it is one of my favorites of Chuck's. It is not a book for everyone, but hearing it aloud made it even more disturbing, in a good way. All of his books are great.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of the narrators' other performances, but they all really worked well in this reading. It was truly perfect for this book.


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    Jeff W 09-18-15
    Jeff W 09-18-15
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    "Well written, but..."
    Would you try another book from Chuck Palahniuk and/or the narrators?

    Yes. I've read his work before, and I'm generally a fan.


    Has Haunted turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not particularly, unless we're talking about the being gross for the sake of being gross genre.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    It was adequate. Maybe it was even good, but the material just didn't support the performance.


    Could you see Haunted being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a tough book to review. As far as the writing goes, everything was top notch. But as I stated in response to an earlier question, it was just gross for the sake of being gross. There was no real driving factor. I mean, I like some screwed up stuff, and it was for this reason that I went looking for books that fit that criteria--leading me to Haunted. That said, the stuff that happens in this book is just repulsive for reasons that really don't even drive a story so much as leading into the next domino of nasty.

    Personally, it's not the unadulterated content I crave for some kind of sick blood lust, but, rather, I want to hear/read stories that don't hold back in any way when dealing with disturbing topics; and that's what bothers me about this book. It didn't really offer anything but being disturbing. And that's what made the gross actually feel gross, in a skin crawling kind of way. The plot development sucked, the characters were all psychopaths, and the reader is supposed to be lead to believe that they are just adhering to 'human nature' when they are caricatures of the monsters within the human species. As a writer myself, it was just really unrealistic and unrewarding.

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    Clark Willis Moore, OK USA 08-21-15
    Clark Willis Moore, OK USA 08-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Now I know I'm not the only strange person"

    "You feed me my own ass!" Wow what a brilliant horror satire of the state of Americans. The ultimate reality TV story.

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    Nathan Schultz 07-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Brutally beautiful"

    It's a Palahniuk novel... descriptive gore that is enough to make you squirm yet keeps you coming back for more

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    Matthew S. Hill Brooklyn, NY 06-17-15
    Matthew S. Hill Brooklyn, NY 06-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Modern Horror at its best!"

    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.

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    Bill 06-09-15
    Bill 06-09-15

    I am an avid reader and listener of horror and thrillers with the occasional SciFi and crime noir.

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    "Recommended for all Palahniukians"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Samantha 05-21-15
    Samantha 05-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    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.

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