Haunted: A Novel of Stories

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Doubleday, 2005 - Fiction - 404 pages
29 Reviews

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: Twenty-three 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.

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Free verse is more than prose broken into lines. - Goodreads
That's my favorite kind of writing.) - Goodreads
Plot: This was crazy. - Goodreads
Do not look to Chuck for insights or mental expansion. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Scott - Goodreads

Quite possibly the weirdest thing I've ever read, and I'm not really sure how to rate it. But every writer, and every reader, should occasionally read something they wouldn't normally read, and this ... Read full review

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HERE THERE BE SPOILERS 5 Things About...Haunted 1. This is not a book to be given as a book gift. Nobody should go into this book without any warning. Here's that warning: this is, by far, the most ... Read full review

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Contents

Guinea Pigs
1
The Stories
12
Under Cover
28
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Chuck Palahniuk’s six previous novels are Fight Club, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, Choke, Lullaby, and Diary. He is also the author of a profile of Portland, Fugitives and Refugees, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in Washington State.

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