Incredibly grotesque and fantastic, Palahniuk's story really goes deep into his characters to pick out the darkest parts of them and then weaves all that bleakness and blackness into a novel that actually has something interesting and insightful to say about life.
Each of the characters practically competes to outdo the others in the most horrific and unspeakable acts, yet the author is able to string these events together into not only an intriguing narrative but also the most original piece of fiction I've read in a long time.
I actually had trouble sleeping at night having read this, and that's saying something. But where others might think that a bad thing, I find it remarkable and love the book all the more for it.
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Mark J. Lehman (markjlehman)
Jan 2, 2009
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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.