Haunted: A Novel of Stories by Chuck Palahniuk

By Chuck Palahniuk

Haunted by means of Chuck Palahniuk is a unique made of tales: Twenty-three of them, to be distinct. Twenty-three of the main scary, hilarious, dazzling, stomach-churning stories you’ll ever encounter—sometimes all of sudden. they're advised by way of those that have spoke back an advert headlined “Writers’ Retreat: Abandon Your lifestyles for 3 Months,” and who're resulted in think that right here they're going to go away in the back of the entire distractions of “real life” which are maintaining them from developing the masterpiece that's in them. yet “here” seems to be a cavernous and ornate outdated theater the place they're completely remoted from the surface world—and the place warmth and gear and, most crucial, nutrition are in more and more brief offer. And the extra determined the situations turn into, the extra severe the tales they tell—and the extra devious their machinations turn into to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/nonfiction blockbuster that may absolutely be made of their plight.

Haunted is on one point a satire of fact television—The actual World meets Alive. It attracts from an outstanding literary tradition—The Canterbury Tales, The Decameron, the English storytellers within the Villa Diodati who produced, between different works, Frankenstein—to inform an completely modern story of individuals determined that their tale learn at any price. Appallingly unique, Haunted is Chuck Palahniuk at his finest—which capability his so much severe and his such a lot provocative.

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This kid, with his folks, his whole family, them looking at the black X-ray with the doctor and the nurses standing there, the big V of wax glowing white for everybody to see, he has to tell the truth. The way Arabs get off. What his big brother wrote him from the navy. On the phone, right now, he starts to cry. They paid for the bladder operation with his college fund. One stupid mistake, and now he'll never be a lawyer. Sticking stuff inside yourself. Sticking yourself inside stuff. A candle in your dick or your head in a noose, we knew it was going to be big trouble.

Now you can take a good, deep breath. Because I still have not. 2 Under the next streetlight stands the Reverend Godless, next to him a square suitcase. It's still early morning enough that every color is black or gray. There, the black fabric of the suitcase is scarred with silver zippers running in every direction, a black Swiss cheese of little pockets and slots, sacks and compartments. Reverend Godless with his face—just red-raw meat around a nose and eyes, steak stitched together with thread and scars, his ears twisted and swollen—his eyebrows are shaved.

You let go for a second, and you're gutted. You swim for the surface, for a breath, and you're gutted. You don't swim, and you drown. It's a choice between being dead right now or a minute from right now. What my folks will find after work is a big naked fetus, curled in on itself. Floating in the cloudy water of their backyard pool. Tethered to the bottom by a thick rope of veins and twisted guts. The opposite of a kid hanging himself to death while he jacks off. This is the baby they brought home from the hospital thirteen years ago.

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