Haunted

Haunted By Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted When a group of people reply to an ad proclaiming abandon your life for three months most believe they are shedding the distractions of real life so they can release the masterpiece that lurks withi
  • Title: Haunted
  • Author: Chuck Palahniuk
  • ISBN: 9780224064453
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Haunted By Chuck Palahniuk, When a group of people reply to an ad proclaiming abandon your life for three months , most believe they are shedding the distractions of real life so they can release the masterpiece that lurks within However, their home for three months turns out to be a desolate theatre and their plight is about to become distinctly acute.
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    About "Chuck Palahniuk"

    1. Chuck Palahniuk

      Written in stolen moments under truck chassis and on park benches to a soundtrack of The Downward Spiral and Pablo Honey, Fight Club came into existence The adaptation of Fight Club was a flop at the box office, but achieved cult status on DVD The film s popularity drove sales of the novel Chuck put out two novels in 1999, Survivor and Invisible Monsters Choke, published in 2001, became Chuck s first New York Times bestseller Chuck s work has always been infused with personal experience, and his next novel, Lullaby, was no exception Chuck credits writing Lullaby with helping him cope with the tragic death of his father Diary and the non fiction guide to Portland, Fugitives and Refugees, were released in 2003 While on the road in support of Diary, Chuck began reading a short story entitled Guts, which would eventually become part of the novel Haunted.In the years that followed, he continued to write, publishing the bestselling Rant, Snuff, Pygmy, Tell All, a remix of Invisible Monsters, Damned, and most recently, Doomed Chuck also enjoys giving back to his fans, and teaching the art of storytelling has been an important part of that In 2004, Chuck began submitting essays to ChuckPalahniuk on the craft of writing These were How To pieces, straight out of Chuck s personal bag of tricks, based on the tenants of minimalism he learned from Tom Spanbauer Every month, a Homework Assignment would accompany the lesson, so Workshop members could apply what they had learned all 36 of these essays can currently be found on The Cult s sister site, LitReactor.Then, in 2009, Chuck increased his involvement by committing to read and review a selection of fan written stories each month The best stories are currently set to be published in Burnt Tongues, a forthcoming anthology, with an introduction written by Chuck himself His next novel, Beautiful You, is due out in October 2014.

    188 thoughts on “Haunted”

    1. I m only on p 75 of this thing and I m about to hurl it at the wall What is it supposed to be Does this guy really think these lame parodies are funny This is from the section called Slumming , which is about rich people, a couple of whom are pretending to be poor Inky always said being absent is the new being present p 69 Poverty, Inky says, is the new wealth p71 Social divers, Inky says, are the new social climbers p71 Nobodies are the new celebrity p72 Public is the new private p 72 You get t [...]


    2. Apparently working in a vet clinic for the better part of 5 years is precisely the recipe required to inure one to the effects of Palahniuk s writing.You ll see tons of OMG SO GWOSS reviews here, but this ain t one of em I was entertained All the blood and guts and bodily fluids in the world don t really gross me out What really sickens me is people.And that s what Palahniuk does best he writes about the dark sides of people and how precious little it takes to make those sides surface I enjoyed [...]


    3. This book is vile It is disgusting No matter how much you can take, you will squirm and say Oh My GOD out loud on the bus or plane or couch or wherever it is you read It is a nasty book But Haunted is so much than that and so worth reading Haunted is set in a drab old theater, past it s prime, boarded up, invisible, and impenetrable to the outside world Inside the theater are 23 characters 23 people with names like the Earl of Slander and Agent Tattletale Each character is introduced with a poe [...]


    4. This is honestly the worst book I have ever read I finished it, only because of my amazement at how bad it was and how it never deviated from that.I was intrigued by the premise a group of writers volunteer to go on a retreat to write their masterpiece The book has a chapter of plot, followed by either a poem or short story from one of the participants Sounds cool The book falls apart immediately All of the stories poems are obviously written by the same person They share themes, style, and emot [...]


    5. WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD.Instead of reviewing the entire novel, I will just be focusing on my personal favourite chapter Guts.To date, there have been 53 known occurrences of audience members fainting during readings of Guts This doesn t surprise me at all, knowing the repulsive content of the story Guts is your mother, father, preacher and teacher shaking that disapproving finger at self pleasure Needless to say, this short story will have you thinking twice about creeping that wondering hand dow [...]


    6. This book is incredibly uneven, that s its downfall There are some really good moments, some really bad moments, and one or two truly brillant ones Looking at it as what it essentially is a collection of short stories, it s really no better or worse than any other short story collection, and actually should get extra points for its brazen audacity The unifying material that links all of the stories together is terribly weak, and is what ultimately sinks the book.The first story Guts is the best [...]


    7. Warning The cover of this edition glows in the dark Do not place on your bed stand unless you want to have a heart attack I speak from experience.There are 21 short stories in Haunted Some of them are amazing such as the notorious Guts Others are so so A couple of them are just boring All of them are written to shock yet the brevity of the tales keeps both writer and reader focused If this was a short story collection, I would rate it a strong three stars.Unfortunately it is not Palahniuk has fa [...]


    8. This book fucked me up King was the first writer to scare the shit out of me.Robert Heinlein was the first to make me gaze at the stars.Terry Goodkind and JRR Tolkien were the first to make me love fantasy.Dan Millman was the first to make me want to be a better person.JK Rowling was the first to make me actually pay attention to YA fiction.d now Palahniuk he s the first writer that made me dizzy, lightheaded and sweaty to a near faintjust with 9 pages Guts.Holy Damnis book5 stars for being anot [...]


    9. This is chuck s worst work It pains me to say that, but its just true a group of would be writers on a writer s retreat each is given the chance to tell a story The stories are all basically gross for the sake of being gross with little to no redeeming value One infamous story involving a pool was so hard to get through I had to take 3 breaks Its so descriptive and disgusting I had to take a breather for fear of vomiting i am not alone in this, he read this particular story at signings and peopl [...]


    10. People who are just trying to be gross can t help but be entertaining, no matter how see thru their intent You can t ignore the little boy who s trying to wipe his boogers on you, and when his parents have finally collared him, with anger and gag relex fully suppressed you have to admit the whole thing was actually pretty funny Chuck Paloonyhoonyhookiak is just trying to wipe his boogers on you When he s done with that, he ll gladly exhaust whatever other bodily fluids happen to be available to [...]


    11. First off, this is not the short story collection I was expecting It is actually a single author antho novel hybrid fulla leprechaun jism and other awesome rainbow flavors Wait what No, I mean to say, never write reviews while on Norco, Soma, and about 2 hours worth of sleep outta 36.I ve been trying to catch some Zs since I got home from my latest hospital stay and it s not going so well So what s better than fighting sleep Drug addled reviews Raise the roof and down the proof Standout favorite [...]


    12. My goal was just to write some new form of horror story, something based on the ordinary world Without supernatural monsters or magic This would be a book you wouldn t want to keep next to your bed A book that would be a trapdoor down into some dark place A place only you could go, alone, when you opened the cover.Because only books have that power Chuck is right you don t want to keep this book by your bed You don t want to get up in the middle of the night and see is covet glowing at you Remin [...]


    13. This book is of a 3.5 star read A group of people agree to participate in a Writer s Retreat Three months, food and lodging included, while you complete your masterpiece The stories begin with probably one of the best, most shocking short stories I ve ever read called Guts You just have to see for yourself on that one Some of the stories the people share are interesting than others That s why the 3.5 stars instead of higher The thing that amazed me about this book was the way people act The ch [...]


    14. I was really excited about this one after being disappointed with Lullaby and Diary Basically, it s a book of short stories each by a fictional author, each introduced by a poem about the writer, and linked together by mini chapters about the writers retreat they are all on Trapped in a house and running out of food, they write, record, and videotape their experience, certain that when they are finally rescued, they will all become media darlings destined for reality tv fame, if any of them surv [...]


    15. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum 4.5 StarsWRITER S RETREAT ABANDON YOUR LIFE FOR THREE MONTHS.Just disappear Leave behind everything that keeps you from creating your masterpiece Your job and family and home, all those obligations and distractions put them on hold for three months Live with like minded people in a setting that supports total immersion in your work Food and lodging included free for those who qualify Gamble a small fraction of your life on the chance to create a new future [...]


    16. I I I just WTF Stopped on page 25 I can t finish this I this book is weird and disgusting and gut wrenching I decided to read this book because I read in a group comment that it was the weirdest thing they ve ever read So I decided to give it a try no Just fucking no.Stories about some kid sodomising himself with a fucking carrot and some Vaseline a teenager jacking off with some candle wax THROUGH HIS PISS HOLE The storyteller jacking off in a pool hovering over the pool s suction shit so it s [...]


    17. My God, what to say about this one Probably this Haunted was messed up and engaging to the fullest I m always floored when an author serves up something genuinely different In a book market where so many offerings are so goddamn painfully similar right down to the titles can we get another book with the word Girl or Dark in the title please it s a real treat when you read something that stands out and rises above the rest for not being like the others It s even rewarding when such a different d [...]


    18. Sometimes in the humor section of the bookstore you can find a spoof of a popular book or writer That s not what Haunted is, but it s the first thing that comes to mind.While the cover promises that Haunted is A Novel, the innards tell a different story 24 short short stories and 24 prose poems tied together by a thin framing device This frame is supposed to evoke storytelling parties of the past, such as the Canterbury Tales or the Decameron, in which the participants each tell a story Henry Ja [...]


    19. The book was a difficult read Even difficult to review I struggled with how many stars to give it to the point where I ve waited a few weeks to even write a review It wasn t my favorite book by any means but I didn t hate it either What it did do was stir so much visceral emotion that I haven t been able to pick up another book since A reaction that intense warrants recognition so I reluctantly opted for 4 stars purely on its dark influence over my joy of reading or lack there of now Any book t [...]


    20. Don t be fooled, I may have chosen 5 stars for this novel, but not because I loved it This book is dynamic.This novel looks so innocent and harmless, sitting there with it s ghostly lavender and white cover and Fight Club was great, I ll give it a read.This novel will stretch you to breaking point and beyond what you have ever read before To give an example, when Chuck Palahniuk gives a public reading of the short story Guts , the ambulance shows up before the end of it People have fainted, vomi [...]


    21. easily the most disgusting book i ve ever read There s an afterword at the end where he talks about how books are the only medium where you have free range to tell the story however you want to tell it, to say whatever you want to say Whereas in movies, you re trying to hit a certain audience and your work is censored and edited to a certain extent Books alow you to travel to this deep, dark secret private place inside yourself That s why he writes A very compelling explanation I think one of th [...]



    22. True to form, Palahniuk pens some of the most twisted F d up characterizations in the business Bizarre and disturbing, for sure Prolapsed pearl diving, back alley foot jobs, Breather Betty dolls full of love, Punch a mime for 5, the bowling ball bans What do you want Thumectomys, nightmare boxes, crab lice and Sasquatch cycles yep It s in there.Palahniuk s style is undeniable Cutting dialog, over the top eccentric characters, demented plotting, all sprinkled with a generous amounts of humor and [...]


    23. Ok this was a mammoth read not because of it s 400 pages or that the author decided to use words which would have scored double points in a Scrabble game now simply because there is SO much going on Which is great for a book to read but terrible to comment about when you have a self imposed rule of no spoilers Well here goes but I promise nothing apart from a headache The book follows a group of less than conventional and stereotypical struggling authors desperate to finish tell their various ta [...]


    24. DNF Page 58Palahniuk just isn t for me While this isn t bad, it is the second book of his I ve tried that I just don t enjoy This one will be going up for sale on eBay.


    25. Onstage, instead of a spotlight, a movie fragmentI had no expectations when I started to read this book, well yeah I did I expected not to like it and most of all I expected not to get it It s been on my to read list for an age now and I ve always put it off expecting it to be one of those cool books that all your friends read and you feel dumb because it just goes right over your head And before I started I did scroll through a few reviews here on and saw that it had a lot of very good reviews [...]


    26. Hmmm, this is a toughy I made the mistake of reading a couple of reviews on Haunted while I was halfway through the novel Needless to say, it didn t change the way I felt I can t help but notice that readers of Haunted go to two different extremes in their reviews Let s face it you re either a Palahniuk fan or you re not Anyone that has read a Palahniuk novel before knows what they are getting themselves into You are going to feel gritty, you re going to feel dirty and you re going to hate and l [...]


    27. I adore scary I love being scared by movies and books I m a little less brave by real life situations as a kid I loved the idea of haunted houses at Halloween, but each year, without fail, I wouldn t even make it through a haunted house without my dad having to carry me out an emergency exit because it was all just too much It became sort of a family joke I wanted to make it through, I wanted to enjoy being scared, but it was too close to me, I didn t have control over it, and therefore, I could [...]


    28. This is a bad book barely held together by fleeting and brief moments of fantastic insight Just when I felt like I was wasting my time and the novel couldn t get any disgusting, stupid, boring, or any other negative sentiment, it would then turn for just a brief second and capture my interest fully and completely At these dispersed points the book would almost redeem itself Then, within no time at all, the nice respite from the garbage prose would come to an end and the author would then resume [...]



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