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Haunted [Kindle Edition]

Chuck Palahniuk
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Haunted is a novel made up of stories: twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter. They are told by the people who have all answered an ad headlined 'Artists Retreat: Abandon your life for three months'. They 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 theatre where they are utterly isolated from the outside world - and where heat and power and, most importantly, food are in increasingly short supply. And the more desperate the circumstances become, the more desperate the stories they tell - and the more devious their machinations to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/non-fiction blockbuster that will certainly be made from their plight.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 911 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (31 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050OLEUG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,060 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chuck Palahniuk's nine novels are the bestselling Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Lullaby and Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher, Diary, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke, which was made into a film by director Clark Gregg. He is also the author of the non-fiction profile of Portland Fugitives and Refugees and the non-fiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Palahniuk is a modern author and ‘Haunted’ is a very modern book. Filled with some of the most violent and graphic imagery I have read, this book is only for those with a strong constitution.
‘Haunted’ contains a set of short stories linked together by a group of would-be writers who have sacrificed 3 months of their life to a mysterious writer’s retreat. As time passes on at the retreat it soon becomes obvious that the people and the situation they find themselves in is anything but normal.
Each story surrounds one of the characters trapped at the retreat and in someway explains why they chose to be there. Many of the stories are excellent – truly thought provoking. Some do fall a bit flatter but the standard is as high as any collection of short stories I have read.
I must warn you that this book is dark, rude and very adult. It should only be read by those with an open mind, who are fans of more extreme novels. If you are this person you will find this book an excellent read.
Sammy Recommendation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Macabre Genius 5 July 2007
By R. Mullaney VINE VOICE
Haunted is a collection of short stories by Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk. It gained notoriety when people began fainting at public readings of the short story 'Guts'. Along with that particular gruesome tale, this book contains some of the funniest, sickest and original short stories from one of the most imaginative authors on the planet.

There is a loose story around the stories that each one is told by individuals who have answered an advert to spend three months at a writers retreat, completely isolated from the outside world, the idea being that each person will produce the masterpiece that is surely in them if there are no distractions from family and work. When they arrive they find themselves trapped in an abandoned theatre by the mysterious Mr Whittier. They become more and more obsessed by the idea that they will treated as celebrities when they emerge from this terrible ordeal, even going to the extent of mutilating and starving themselves to make the story more interesting for the public.

The short stories are very good, some of them are disgusting, some creepy, others just plain wierd but all are highly original. Unfortunately the chapters in between them and the poems are quite boring. It would have been better presented as a collection of unrelated short stories in my opinion. I agree that the whole thing probably couldn't be made into a film but the story 'Obsolete' could be on it's own as could 'The Nightmare Box'. Palahniuk has so many great ideas I would like to see more of his work made into films as good as 'Fight Club'

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Haunted" 5 Jan. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I first read the story "Guts" at university, when my writing lecturer gave it to us to read for homework. Next class, when he asked us how we all found it, he was grinning like a jackal. He wanted to know how many of us fainted whilst reading it.

According to the afterword, 70+ people fainted as Chuck Palahniuk read that story in public spaces around the world. I believe him.

Most of the stories in this collection are a little revolting, or just sad or upsetting. All of them are very well written and fascinating in a grim way.

"Haunted" is presented as a novel filled with short stories and poems. The poems are largely redundant, and frankly not very good, but only take up a couple of pages each. As I said, the stories are fantastic. The novel element, being the thing that holds it all together, isn't too interesting and is really just a framing device.

I probably would have enjoyed this more if I'd just read the stories, and not the "novel" part. In the back of the book there's an index of stories with page numbers.

As it is, this is a great collection weakened by a "clever" concept, so I can't really give it more than 7/10, based purely on the strength of the individual stories.

7 / 10

David Brookes
Author of "Half Discovered Wings"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Never having read any of Palahniuk's novels I bought this based on a recommendation from a friend. Once receiving it I noticed the warning on the cover and realise now this warning is no gimmick. This book is genuinely disturbing.

The structure of the book is that it is one long story, but in between are short stories which tell you more about each character. This at times becomes very confusing and it is difficult to follow the thread of the main story.

The back stories themselves vary from the hilarious, to the grotesque, to just plain weird and confusing. The infamous story "guts" is one which will be going round in your mind for sometime afterwards wondering WTF must have been going on in Palahniuk's mind when he came up with it.

As an introduction to Palahniuk it may not be the best book to read as I have not rushed out to buy any of his other work. Viewed as a collection of short stories there are some genuinely original ones which are a must read.

Overall I think Haunted may have been easier to read had it just been a collection of unrelated short stories. The ending ends up being very confusing and also disappointing.
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This is the first book ever, that I hated so much, I actually burned it. Vile!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine collection.
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This was so disappointing

Haunted has been on my to read list for about 2 years. I was so looking forward to finally getting to read it. Especially at Halloween. Read more
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