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
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
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