By Chuck Palahniuk
Haunted via Chuck Palahniuk is a unique made of tales: Twenty-three of them, to be distinctive. Twenty-three of the main scary, hilarious, spectacular, stomach-churning stories you’ll ever encounter—sometimes suddenly. they're informed via those who have spoke back an advert headlined “Writers’ Retreat: Abandon Your existence for 3 Months,” and who're ended in think that the following they are going to go away at the back of the entire distractions of “real life” which are holding them from growing the masterpiece that's in them. yet “here” seems to be a cavernous and ornate outdated theater the place they're completely remoted from the surface world—and the place warmth and gear and, most crucial, meals are in more and more brief offer. And the extra determined the situations develop into, the extra severe the tales they tell—and the extra devious their machinations develop into to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/nonfiction blockbuster that would absolutely be made of their plight.
Haunted is on one point a satire of fact television—The actual World meets Alive. It attracts from a very good literary tradition—The Canterbury Tales, The Decameron, the English storytellers within the Villa Diodati who produced, between different works, Frankenstein—to inform an completely modern story of individuals determined that their tale be informed at any rate. Appallingly pleasing, Haunted is Chuck Palahniuk at his finest—which capability his so much severe and his so much provocative.
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You can use crystals or aura work to give people skin cancer. Don't laugh, but there are back-alley ways you can turn anything New Age into a killing tool. Your last week in massage school, they teach you never to work the transverse reflex zone at the heel of the foot. Never touch the arch of the left-foot dorsum. And especially not the outer-left-most aspect. But they don't tell you how come. This is the difference between therapists who work the light side versus the dark side of the industry.
After dinner, he goes to find the carrot and it's gone. All his dirty clothes, while he ate dinner, his mom grabbed them all to do laundry. No way could she not find the carrot, carefully shaped with a paring knife from her kitchen, still shiny with lube and stinky. This friend of mine, he waits months under a black cloud, waiting for his folks to confront him. And they never do. Ever. Even now he's grown up, that invisible carrot hangs over every Christmas dinner, every birthday party. Every Easter-egg hunt with his kids, his parents' grandkids, that ghost carrot is hovering over all of them.
Most of them in Florida. People just don't talk about it. Not even French people talk about EVERYTHING. Getting one knee up, getting one foot tucked under me, I get to half standing when I feel the tug against my butt. Getting my other foot under me, I kick off against the bottom. I'm kicking free, not touching the concrete, but not getting to the air, either. Still kicking water, thrashing with both arms, I'm maybe halfway to the surface but not going higher. The heartbeat inside my head getting loud and fast.
Haunted: A Novel of Stories by Chuck Palahniuk