I just do not know what to say about this book. Stephen King has nothing on Chuck Palahnuik, as far as gross stories go. It took me forever to finish, because I dreaded opening it back up again. I think instead of being named "Haunted", it could have easily been named "Horror".
Still, it is ingenuous. The idea of the story, the way that the book is laid out, and the way that the author's mind worked to come up with the stuff that he did is incredible. Talk about doing in-depth research. It is often funny as well.
What happens is that twenty three people sign-up to disappear on a writers retreat, and are taken to an old theater in the city for three months. They are locked inside with an old man named Mr. Whittier. Though they are each supposed to write the next hit bestseller, they instead turn in on themselves and the group to make their ordeal more horrifying than it really needed to be.
Without giving anything away (don't worry the stories are so weird that nobody else could even guess what they are about without reading them), each participant wanted to be a hero when found. Each participant also had a reason to disappear from the face of the earth for three months and these are shared with us.
So, I really don't know what to tell you as far as a recommendation. This book is not for the faint of heart. I could see myself using the format for my own book though; blending a series of short stories to bring the characters together. I can say it is a good book. I can tell you that I will NEVER read it again. I can warn that if you decide to read it, there are so many dark parts that it might bring you down for awhile.
I got curious about Mr. Palahnuik, and learned that he is from Oregon and Washington. Here are a couple of links if you want to check him out further:
~ Kathy M.
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