The eagerly anticipated and completely outrageous new novel from the author of FIGHT CLUB - his biggest, darkest, most upsetting and hilarious novel yet.
Chuck Palahniuk is the author of fifteen best-selling novels - Make Something Up, Beautiful You, Doomed, Damned, Tell-All, Pygmy, Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Diary, Lullaby, Choke, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and Fight Club. He is also the author of Fugitives and Refugees and the non-fiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him on the web at chuckpalahniuk.net.
Never answer an ad that says, "Artists' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months." Palahniuk's 23 characters did, and now they're hungry, isolated, and telling more and more desperate stories. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"By turns nauseating, darkly funny and brutally graphic" Observer "A triumph... A novel of exceptional originality... Wonderful... A remarkable book, the most original work of fiction this year" Guardian "An immensely skilful writer" Daily Telegraph "Deeply satirical, brutal and provocative, Haunted is harshly compulsive, eye-bleeding stuff" I-D "I laughed until my ribs ached" -- Simon Shaw Daily Mail
What elevates Palahniuk's best novels (e.g., Fight Club) above their shocking premises is his ability to find humanity in deeply grotesque characters. But such generosity of spirit is not evident in his latest, which charts the trials of a group of aspiring writers brought together for a three-month writer's retreat in an abandoned theater. The novel intersperses the writers' poems and short stories with tales of the indignities they heap upon themselves after deciding to turn their lives into a "true-life horror story with a happy ending." They lock themselves in the theater, reasoning that once they're found, they'll all become rich and famous. They raise the stakes of their story by first depriving themselves of phones, and then of food and electricity; eventually they cut off their own fingers, toes and unmentionables before they start dying off and eating each other. Palahniuk tells his story with such blithe disregard for these characters that it's hard not to wish he had dispensed with the novel altogether and published, instead, the 23 short stories that pop up throughout the book. For instance, "Obsolete," about a young girl about to commit state-mandated suicide, and "Slumming," about rich couples who pretend to be homeless, play so deftly with expectations and have an emotional core so surprising that they consistently, powerfully transcend their macabre premises to showcase the heart beating beneath the horrors. Agent, Edward Hibbert at Donadio & Olson. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.