Getting an early jump on Halloween, I decided to read Chuck Palahniuk’s infamous new novel, Haunted
, in which writers trapped at an isolated retreat tell their dark and horrific stories, all the while sabotaging their own rescue in hopes of creating a story dramatic enough to get them books and made-for-TV movies about the ordeal. Several people are reported to have taken ill during Palahniuk’s notoriously graphic public readings.
It’s definitely a page-turner, but my initial reaction wasn’t very enthusiastic. The short stories are uneven, while the frame narrative isn’t very convincing. Still, a week after reading it, I find myself thinking about some of the more memorable stories – not necessarily the most gruesome, but definitely the most eerie. Perhaps it’s a more compelling collection than I first thought.
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