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Recently, I’ve been reading Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk, one of my favorite authors. I have loved him ever since I read the Fight Club. I constantly look for his books whenever I’m at the book store, and have read his books a countless amount of times.

All his books contain an unexpected twist to them with a sense of bitter humor, and disturbing facts, but by far, Haunted is the most disturbing of them all. The book is about several different characters on a writing ‘retreat’. Their simple goal is just to write a bestseller, and hopefully make a movie. The retreat is in an abandoned theatre, and they are trapped inside for three months. During those three months, the characters must create a story that must sell. They break the furniture, cut off the water, and eventually even eat each other.

Also during those three months, each character gets on stage and tells the others the story of their life. So really, the book is a collection of short stories that are brought together by this retreat. And these stories… they allow your mind to create the most disgusting, horrid images in your head. The first story was about a tall, skinny boy, who always seemed to be eating junk food. Why was he so skinny? Why was he always eating? His guts had been sucked out by a pool drain. I almost had the urge to shield my eyes from the words, because the details just made it seem so real. I could imagine the whole thing and I could feel my face scrunching up in disgust. These stories are all the same way; so disgusting, but equally intriguing.

But the books is not all guts and ickyness, it’s often times hilarious. Palahniuk uses lots of irony in his books, and I think they’re sometimes hard to get, but after I read certain passages a few times, I get it and I laugh. Out loud. In Haunted, a character named Comrade Snarky faints, and Chef Assassin cuts off her butt, where she has a little rose tattoo. Hungry and desperate, the others characters microwave her butt and eat it. While they were enjoying their first meal in days, Comrade Snarky comes down and just happens to grab the plate with her buttock, where she had the tattoo. Then she dies. You may think it’s gross, and it is, but isn’t it… funny? Maybe that’s just my messed-up sense of humor.

Haunted is actually really, really interesting, but I don’t suggest you read it if you have a weak stomach.

An Interview with Chuck Palahniuck

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