Haunted: A Novel

Front Cover
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 3, 2005 - Fiction - 256 pages
2084 Reviews

Haunted is a novel made up of twenty-three horrifying, hilarious, and stomach-churning stories. They’re told by people who have answered an ad for a writer’s retreat and unwittingly joined a “Survivor”-like scenario where the host withholds heat, power, and food. As the storytellers grow more desperate, their tales become more extreme, and they ruthlessly plot to make themselves the hero of the reality show that will surely be made from their plight. This is one of the most disturbing and outrageous books you’ll ever read, one that could only come from the mind of Chuck Palahniuk.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
517
4 stars
588
3 stars
489
2 stars
281
1 star
209

Review: Haunted

User Review  - Goodreads

An experiment in pushing the "gross-out" factor of his work as far at it'll go. I don't need to be shocked and sickened by what I'm reading. Read full review

Review: Haunted

User Review  - Goodreads

Too little story and to much trying to be artistic for artistic's sake. Read full review

All 26 reviews »

Contents

I
1
II
9
III
12
IV
28
V
30
VI
46
VII
48
VIII
64
XXIV
210
XXV
226
XXVI
228
XXVII
243
XXVIII
245
XXIX
256
XXX
258
XXXI
274

IX
67
X
90
XI
92
XII
109
XIII
111
XIV
125
XV
127
XVI
138
XVII
140
XVIII
153
XIX
155
XX
180
XXI
182
XXII
199
XXIII
201
XXXII
276
XXXIII
294
XXXIV
296
XXXV
309
XXXVI
316
XXXVII
318
XXXVIII
330
XXXIX
332
XL
349
XLI
362
XLII
364
XLIII
384
XLIV
387
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 15 - It's wax, so he figured maybe it would just melt inside him and he'd piss it out. Now his back hurts. His kidneys. He can't stand straight. This kid talking on the phone from his hospital bed, in the background you can hear bells ding, people screaming. Game shows. The X-rays show the truth, something long and thin, bent double inside his bladder. This long, thin V inside him, it's collecting all the minerals in his piss. It's getting bigger and...
Page 15 - ... this kid can't keep track of the wax. He's one good squeeze from shooting his wad when the wax isn't sticking out anymore. The thin wax rod, it's slipped inside. All the way inside. So deep inside he can't even feel the lump of it inside his piss tube. From downstairs, his mom shouts it's suppertime.

About the author (2005)

Chuck Palahniuk’s six novels are the bestselling Diary, Choke, Lullaby, Fight Club--which was made into a film by director David Fincher--Survivor, and Invisible Monsters. He is also the author of a profile of Portland, Fugitives and Refugees, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Bibliographic information