Haunted: A Novel
Chuck Palahniuk (born 1962) is an American writer and journalist. He was born in Pasco, Washington. His best-known book is the bestselling novel Fight Club (1996), the book that was later made into a film with Brad Pitt in the lead role. With Haunted he wrote a true modern horror classic.
In Haunted 18 people respond to an advertisement and end up spending three months in an abandoned theater to write a masterpiece. Soon there is no electricity, water or food. They tell each other stories to stay alive and to survive the others. Excesses like self-mutilation, murder and cannibalism are soon to follow. Meanwhile, each tells the story whereby he or she came to get their nickname, preceded by a short poem. The common thread in the whole book is a central storyteller who expresses the sentiment of the 18 persons together as a group. Chuck Palahniuk combines a very creative use of language with bizarre angles which are both sad and often downright nasty. Sharp, satirical and occasionally particularly distasteful, but also entertaining and clever.