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Haunted: a novel of stories

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With Whittier accidentally dying from a stomach rupture, the writers find themselves trapped without him. Believing a great increase in their suffering will provide a better story for when they're rescued, several writers start to willingly engage in self-mutilation and cannibalism, doing so to give the pretense Whittier tortured them. With numerous characters committing suicide, killing one another, or succumbing to their ailments, they continue to formulate their story whilst the theatre somehow repairs its broken utilities. Ma le storie che riesci a digerire, che puoi raccontare... quei momenti del passato li puoi controllare. Foggiare, lavorare. Dominare. E usarli per il tuo stesso bene. La storia ci viene raccontata dai protagonisti sotto forma di una sorta di diapositive del passato. Queste storie sono molto crude, inimmaginabili ed estreme, che quando le finisci ti sale da un lato della bocca quel ghigno solito di quando si vedono quei film demenziali che prendono per il culo altri film. Ma qui è diverso o perlomeno, a me, dopo il ghigno mi è salita una sorta di inquietudine, come se tra me e me dicessi:"C...o, ma non è poi così irreale...". A reflexologist and homeopathic therapy expert who was once employed in prostitution based around her skills with reflexology. She has joined the retreat to escape the Russian Mafia, after becoming an accessory to the murder of her friend's pimp.

Haunted is set in a drab old theater, past it's prime, boarded up, invisible, and impenetrable to the outside world. Inside the theater are 23 characters. 23 people with names like the Earl of Slander and Agent Tattletale. Each character is introduced with a poem and a story. Usually gruesome or grotesque, the stories eventually create the world each person inhabits, explain why they agreed to drop off the face of the earth for a while, and how they relate to the other characters in the book. Narratives in between the character stories relate what's happening within the hotel. How the characters are coping with no modern amenities or food, who has died and what the remaining characters will do to themselves and others to obtain fame and sympathy once they're rescued. There is no "Love-hate" icon for this story. This book is horrifying in the experience; not unlike an STD it stays with you and you have to learn to live with the experience you had with it. Already on the bus are three people who seem to know what's going on: a prematurely elderly disabled teenager in a wheelchair, a buxom Mrs Clark, and the driver, Saint Gut-Free. It turns out they know as little as anyone else about what is to happen, but they have at least been entrusted with a few practical arrangements. The bus deposits everyone at an empty building, an abandoned theatre. The doors close, the building is dark and unwelcoming, the retreat begins. This novel looks so innocent and harmless, sitting there with it's ghostly lavender and white cover and "Fight Club" was great, I'll give it a read.Don't be fooled, I may have chosen 5 stars for this novel, but not because I loved it. This book is dynamic.

I want to recommend it, but I'm afraid it's like going to bed with someone and not telling them you have AIDS. The reason you don't want to tell them is that you want to share the misery. A former employee of the White River Lodge, she tried to rescue a chef she employed after he fell into a nearby hot springs, only to lose her lips to frostbite in the process. Apparently working in a vet clinic for the better part of 5 years is precisely the recipe required to inure one to the effects of Palahniuk's writing.

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This book is vile. It is disgusting. No matter how much you can take, you will squirm and say "Oh My GOD!" out loud on the bus or plane or couch or wherever it is you read. It is a nasty book. But Haunted is so much more than that and so worth reading. An amateur artist who sneaks paintings into museums. He later becomes a respected professional when he murders a famous artist as a favor to the man's patron. Believing he will suffer the same fate as the man he killed, he has come to the retreat to escape his employers. If you can make it through that tale, you’ll be able make it through the rest of the book – but not without asking yourself the question A reporter who murders a former child star to frame him for collecting child pornography, so that he can write a Pulitzer Prize-winning article about it.

I was compelled to keep reading by equal parts morbid curiosity and nagging mystery. What I didn't expect, as I continued further, is a stunningly deep social commentary and the clever ways in which horror is created from the banal and everyday of life.I used to think Stephen King wrote gross horror at times ("Misery"), but this author makes Stephen King look like Nancy Drew (sorry to compare an author with a fictional character, but hopefully you get my drift). This was disgusting and will scar me for the rest of the life--more so then Cannibal Holocaust or the Human Centipede 2--but it was brilliant and exactly what authors need to be able to do...um...evoke emotions that is not...not the other thing. Definitely not for the faint hearted. This short story collection has been described as 'the most original work of fiction this year' Guardian Ho affrontato dolori strazianti, veder morire il proprio padre tra le tue braccia non è assolutamente una cosa da augurare a nessuno, ma ti rendi conto di quanto hai voluto che lui morisse, solo per vederlo smettere di soffrire. I suppose this would be extreme reading; but is somewhat of an underground cult-classic. Bring it up with the artistic circles or geeks alike and you will have found at least one or more persons who's read "Guts" at least.

That having been said, I'm glad I listened to this to the end. "Haunted" is well-written and well performed. The short stories intertwine to form a larger, and increasingly compelling, narrative about the lives of the trapped characters. In the first volume, there were a couple of stories so revolting I decided to stop listening; but I found myself so involved with the overarching story that I ultimately ended up listening to the last 3 hours straight through. Very good storytelling. Purportedly all three of these incidents are based on true stories. According to Palahniuk, the first two tales came from his friends' experiences and the third he heard while shadowing sexual addiction support groups as research for Choke. In one of these groups, he met an extremely thin man. When Palahniuk asked him how he stayed so thin, he told him "I had a massive bowel resectioning." When Palahniuk asked what he meant, he told him the story which was the basis for the third episode in "Guts". Just disappear. Leave behind everything that keeps you from creating your masterpiece. Your job and family and home, all those obligations and distractions – put them on hold for three months. Live with like-minded people in a setting that supports total immersion in your work. Food and lodging included free for those who qualify. Gamble a small fraction of your life on the chance to create a new future as a professional poet, novelist, screenwriter. Before it’s too late, live the life you dream about. Spaces very limited. Sometimes in the humor section of the bookstore you can find a spoof of a popular book or writer. That's not what Haunted is, but it's the first thing that comes to mind.

What would happen is that the writers would all have horrible personal problems, would begin worshiping at the First Church of Self-Destruction, they would start talking like coroners and doctors with jargon littering their dialogue, they would repeat themselves with a chorus, and they'd throw up a bunch of plot twists.

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