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3.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 5 3.23 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chuck Palahniuk Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780739302873
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • Reading a Palahniuk novel is like getting zipped inside a boxer’s heavy bag while the author goes to work on you, pounding you until there is nothing left but a big bag of bones and blood and pain. The Miami Herald
  • To Palahniuk’s credit, there is something here to appall almost every sensibility. The author has a singular knack for coming up with inventive new ways to shock and degrade. The New York Post
  • Frequently entertaining [and] often appalling. . . . There are paragraphs here—entire pages, in fact—that are as disgusting as anything I’ve ever read. Truly vivid and harrowing (and often quite funny). Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Summer reading for people who like their lit doused in bodily fluids.. . . Haunted has an anarchic sensibility that hurdles over the top. Time Out New York
  • Chuck Palahniuk is one of the most intriguing writers of our time. [Haunted ] is a blend of stories that are among the most horrifying, stomach-churning and mind-blowing tales ever encountered. Tucson Citizen
  • Chuck Palahniuk’s rightful place is among literary giants. He combines the masculinity of Ernest Hemingway, the satirical bent of Juvenal and the attitude of Lenny Bruce. Greensboro News & Record
  • Chuck Palahniuk appears to be going around the bend. ...A satire of reality television–an effective one–but also an homage to horror stories and a meditation on pop culture. The Seattle Times
  • The most original work of ?ction this year. The Guardian (London)
  • Chuck Palahniuk is up to his old tricks. ...His prose is, as always, gorgeous. Entertainment Weekly
  • One part Canterbury Tales, one part Lord of the Flies, and 100 percent classic Palahniuk. ...[His] grisliest book yet. Broward—Palm Beach New Times
  • To Palahniuk’s credit, there is something here to appall almost every sensibility. The author has a singular knack for coming up with inventive new ways to shock and degrade. New York Post
  • Funny, always on the edge of reality and bloodied by the profound horror of narcissism. Playboy
  • Place this bet in your time capsule: Chuck Palahniuk’s novels will be required reading in American literature classes 100 years from now. The Fort Myers News-Press
  • Palahniuk is as unique and colorful as ever. The Onion
  • Searing and honest. ...His nasty detail and unimaginably horrible scenarios will give some people nightmares. This creepy ?ction masterpiece could be the de?nitive novel of our time for its genre. The Cincinnati News Record

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Philip Johnson | 2/3/2014

    " Huge piece of crap. Made no sense. It attempted to be intellectual in its presentation of the characters and store line with random mini stories intermixed. All it accomplished was a scattered story with unnecessary asides. I give it a "eh". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory Bruchert | 1/24/2014

    " Dark, gory, and funny. I'm impressed with how Palahniuk tied multiple short stories into his entire novel and made it cohesive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 1/23/2014

    " This was perhaps Palahniuk's worst novel for me. Thinking back on it, I can hardly remember the plot, but I remember really not enjoying it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren Hopkins | 1/10/2014

    " I feel like the premise of this book was BE AS SHOCKING AS POSSIBLE! I mean, the book comes with an 'epilogue' that basically brags about how many people have passed out during public readings. Let's see, someone masturbates with a pool jet and gets his organs sucked out, a woman passes out and they eat her ass because they think she's dead but then she wakes up and takes a bite before bleeding to death, a man cuts off his penis with a cleaver and another man goes to eat it but he chokes on it and dies...could you TRY HARDER for shock value?! That being said, there are some less gruesome, more gut-wrenching stories, specifically the story of Mrs Clark and her daughter Cassandra. Other stories are simply ironic or funny. There is a message about human behavior woven throughout all of these stories, though it's one we've heard before. So...it's interesting, I suppose, and perhaps might be disgusting at times...but it's nothing as new or shocking as the author would like you to believe. Any B-horror flick does that job just as well without shoving a pseudo-message down your throat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanna | 12/31/2013

    " If you can stomach the first story, the rest of the book is a breeze. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 12/24/2013

    " One word: eurgh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 12/20/2013

    " some great short stories in here, but i found the general story inbetween tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke Leifeld | 12/13/2013

    " Chuck Palahnuik is a demented, sick human being and I cannot wait to read whatever he writes as soon as it is out "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 12/11/2013

    " Pretty disturbing, but this seems to be the general consensus. Nevertheless, I was oddly hooked from beginning to end, no matter how many times I had to shut the book for a few minutes and just attempt to clear my head. Not for the faint-hearted, that's for sure. Again... DISTURBING "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 rach arkless | 12/2/2013

    " Bloody amazing, so original and throughly gross at the same time. I've already been and bought more Chuck Palahniuk books - would strongly recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Shrayber | 11/30/2013

    " So amazing, portrays society in a beautiful and dark way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Willy James | 11/11/2013

    " This is the most disturbing book I've ever read. A horror story that has no supernatural monsters. A horror story of a reality that consumes this world we live in. If your offended easily or grossed out do not read this book. I'm glad I did but doubt I'll read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucas | 8/31/2013

    " I really don't like how palahniuk rambles. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aszalea | 8/17/2013

    " Really creepy, graphic, slightly scaring and I can't make up my mind on if this was a good thing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jess | 7/7/2013

    " Just about the most ridiculous, boring thing I've ever attempted to read. I stopped half way through. Awkwardly written, hackeneyed characters, stupid premise...Just...Stupid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 October | 4/7/2013

    " I loved how it told each persons story to give you. Back ground on them then tied back in to the main story. I don't know if I am just one of those "young people" that love him but he always keeps my attention. I have loved everyone of his books right up until rant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bp516 | 3/23/2013

    " The poems weren't amazing, but the style was worth it. I liked the literary references, and the absolute horror that was injected into all of the everyday situations. Like Stephen King with a sledgehammer of reality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 2/28/2013

    " people love hating palahniuk and i mostly hear how subversive this book is, and how it is shock/gore horror at its worst. but, any book that can make you tighten your sphincter as your read over a disembowelment is a.o.k in my eyes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerman | 12/17/2012

    " I like that CP goes somewhere with these short stories that he wont or cant go with his novels. Very gritty and brutal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 11/4/2012

    " Several of the short stories within are awesome and entertaining. The overall book is pretty sick and twisted. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Hooper | 10/8/2012

    " INSANE!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 7/22/2012

    " Gross. Not my favorite of Chuck's by a long shot. Lacks the more complex and witty story lines his other books have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent Furry | 11/9/2011

    " Only 3 outta 5 stars for me. There were a few short stories that were good, but overall, not well put together. Somewhat of a hard read to get involved with. Not what I would expect from Palahnuik. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph | 6/26/2011

    " This book was excellent. It's plot is so creative and twisted, it's makes you cringe, yet you can't stop reading! I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 chad | 6/22/2011

    " most horror filled stories I've encountered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rizal Octora | 6/21/2011

    " Gory, nerve-wrecking, disgusting, you name it.
    Some books gave you butterflies in your stomach, this book gave you pterodactyls "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 6/16/2011

    " This wasn't my favorite Palahniuk book by far, however it was not the worst either. He always does a good job of surprising you in the end. He does this again here. It's worth reading..only if you can handle pedophilla, though..One story in here turns my stomach for that reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micheal | 6/16/2011

    " I loved this book. The short stories wound so neatly in to one final tale. Some of the characters you just feel for and others you want more of.

    Read Gutless to truly understand what made it amazing.

    And gross. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 6/15/2011

    " Train wreck. The kind that you can't look away from but should. I do give Chuck credit sometimes for going beyond his tendencies of shock value but not this time for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 6/12/2011

    " This book teaches a reader what true horror really is. It is not a fiction genre but an emotion, which this book evokes. It is uniquely written, and the ideas are terrifying, repulsive, and great. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Radim | 6/9/2011

    " What a waste of time! I can imagine 13 - 14 years old me to enjoy it. Because when it comes to teens, as you know, gross is great. Unfortunately that's not the case for me anymore. So thank you. But no thank you. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dawn | 6/5/2011

    " It was so grotesquely descriptive that I couldn't finish it. There was some really sick and psychotic stuff in this book and that's really scary coming from me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 6/5/2011

    " It was just too much. I love Palahniuk, but couldn't stomach this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/23/2011

    " I loved this amazingly twisted book. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darren | 5/17/2011

    " Interesting premise. Some chapters are pretty fantastic. Just not a complete work - not his finest. "

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About the Author
Author Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk’s bestselling novels include Tell-All, Damned, Pygmy, Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Lullaby, Fight Club, Diary, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke. He is also the author of a nonfiction profile, Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon, published as part of the Crown Journeys series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.