432 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.9 in
April 11, 2006
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1400032822
ISBN - 13: 9781400032822
About the Book
Made up of 23 of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales readers will ever encounter, "Haunted" is Palahniuk at his finest--which means his most extreme and his most provocative.
Read from the Book
Guinea PigsThis was supposed to be a writers' retreat. It was supposed to be safe.An isolated writers' colony, where we could work,run by an old, old, dying man named Whittier,until it wasn't.And we were supposed to write poetry. Pretty poetry.This crowd of us, his gifted students,locked away from the ordinary world for three months.And we called each other the "Matchmaker." And the "Missing Link."Or "Mother Nature." Silly labels. Free-association names.The same way--when you were little--you invented names for the plants andanimals in your world. You called peonies--sticky with nectar and crawling withants--the "ant flower." You called collies: Lassie Dogs.But even now, the same way you still call someone "that man with one leg."Or, "you know, the black girl . . ."We called each other:The "Earl of Slander."Or "Sister Vigilante."The names we earned, based on our stories. The names we gave each other,based on our life instead of our family:"Lady Baglady.""Agent Tattletale."Names based on our sins instead of our jobs:"Saint Gut-Free."And the "Duke of Vandals."Based on our faults and crimes. The opposite of superhero names.Silly names for real people. As if you cut open a rag doll and found inside:Real intestines, real lungs, a beating heart, blood. A lot of hot, sticky blood.And we were supposed to write short stories. Funny short stories.Too many of us, locked away from the world for one wholespring, summer, winter, autumn--one whole season of that year.It doesn't matter who w
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
Chuck Palahniuk’s six novels are the bestselling Diary, Choke, Lullaby, Fight Club--which was made into a film by director David Fincher--Survivor, and Invisible Monsters. He is also the author of a profile of Portland, Fugitives and Refugees, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
“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 “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 “