The Barbarian Book Club: Book of the Month (February): Haunted – Chuck Palahniuk

Greeting Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights! I hope that everything is going great on your side of things. Finally, things are starting to come together. Though I still haven’t recovered from some mishap in January, I’m glad that things are now taking shape. I hope that everything will turn out great. 

So today on The Barbarian Book Club, I have a book that has been sitting on my shelf since the beginning. It was given to me by one of my former bosses when she found out that I’m starting a book collection. It laid out the foundation of collection and serves as a memento of such a wonderful person like her. 

Before we continue, I would like to take this moment to thank you all! I’d be honest, I’ve long thought about abandoning this blog and pursue other things. But the funny thing is, every time I posted something, you’ve always managed to convince me to keep on writing. With that, I’m forever grateful to have you on this journey, thank you for the attention you’ve given me. More power to you and I wish you nothing but the best in your journey!

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Published in 2005, Haunted is a novel written by the guy who gave us Fight Club, Chuck Palahnuik. Haunted is a collection of 23 short stories within a story as told by the characters. The story revolves around 17 individuals on a writer’s retreat, all with dark secrets from their past. 

The retreat started out great, the venue has amenities as well as a generous food supply. That is until they decided that they needed suffering to write a masterpiece. They sabotaged their amenities and food supply in hopes of creating drama. Some even willingly engaged in self-mutilation and cannibalism to sensationalize their suffering. 

The novel is a satire of reality television, with themes of sexual deviance, social disgust, and existentialism. 

The book contains the short story “Guts” which was published before the book. It is a story of a gruesome accident involving masturbation and a swimming pool. It is not for the faint of heart and I’d tell you to exercise caution when reading it. Read it at your own risk!

The novel relies more on graphic depictions and shock value to scare its readers. Personally, I love it! It is grotesque, vulgar, and graphic and will shock you to your core. It definitely has its dull moments that will leave you scratching your head, but a good story nonetheless that focuses on society’s fascination with sensationalism and drama. The novel is great at pointing out that complaints don’t matter in life. That it is not about the tragedy but the strength needed to overcome such tragedies.

To Courage and Freedom, and prolapsed rectums!

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  1. thanks for the mention! this sounds a scary book i’ll have to think about it. meanwhile I saw two good series on Netflix, The Stranger and Locke&Key, I find it helps with story writing. Blessed days to you my friend.

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