Hello, people of the internet!
For those who don’t know, I very rarely do not finish books because there is always a chance the book may improve later on. Yes, it would be better if I just left them, but there is a voice in my head that constantly says, “You never know, maybe the book gets better? Why waste the opportunity?”
Why do I do this to myself?
However, there has been a book recently that I have tried to read, but I haven’t picked up nor, to be honest, want to pick up.
And that book is…
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
Haunted is a novel made up of stories: twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you’ll ever encounter. They are told by the people who have answered an ad headlined “Artists’ Retreat: Abandon your life for three months”. They are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of ‘real life’ that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them. But ‘here’ turns out to be a cavernous and ornate old theatre where they are utterly isolated from the outside world – and where heat and power and, most importantly, food are in increasingly short supply. And the more desperate the circumstances become, the more desperate the stories they tell – and the more devious their machinations to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/non-fiction blockbuster that will certainly be made from their plight
Oh, if only I paid attention to the parental warning on the cover…
I only got up to when the short story ‘Guts’ finishes – which is about 20 pages into the book. Now I have heard from various people about this infamous story and its contents, which is…erm…google it. Google this short story and you’ll found out from there because it is so disgusting, so graphic that I actually, no joke, feel nauseous reading it and I don’t want to even type it!
I tried to read the story again and it’s too much for me! What is happening is vulgar and the fact that it is describing in great detail that makes it all the more worse.
Seriously, google the story and you’ll find a synopsis somewhere. Then you will understand why I find it so horrifying. And if that’s what the whole book is like, then I won’t continue to read it.
Of course, that is the all point of horror, isn’t it? To be horrified? But it’s not entertaining in any way nor is it hilarious like the review snippet says on the cover. It’s just unpleasant and brutal. If that is the whole point of the book, then I have to admit it succeeds. But it’s not a book for me.
And yet, to be honest, I’m still curious about the book. I have only read twenty pages of it. What if it’s just ‘Guts’ that got to me? The short story itself only gives background to the character writing the story, so perhaps the rest of the book isn’t like Guts and isn’t so in your face with its disgustingness?
Or am I just reluctant to not finish a book?
So, maybe I should give Haunted another go just to see? If I still don’t like it and makes me nauseous, then I’ll stop. If I find the story interesting and want to continue, then I will.
I just won’t be reading ‘Guts’ again any time soon…
What do you think? Have you read Haunted? What book makes you feel nauseous to read?
Thank you for reading!