because we love our pain. we love our drama. but we will never, ever admit that.
I just scanned over a fairly recent post asking fans to rank Palahniuck books according to personal favor. Looking over the first page, I didn't see a single mention of Haunted. Not first, not third, not at all. Can someone explain this anomaly to me? I have read and re-read all of Chuck's books ever since I stumbled across Survivor back in 2000. I absolutely love Haunted. It easily ranks in my top three from C.P. and top ten novels ever. It reads like a modern day listing of the crimes commited by those condemned in Dante's Inferno; an unspoken record of the dark carnality that exists only in the shadowed corners of our own human nature. Besides the literal shock, nausea and genuine horror I experience every time I read this book, the overall genius required to conjure up stories such as The Nightmare Box or Obsolete leaves me speechless. The first time I read the allegory comparing the picnic to the revelation contained within the nightmare box it induced tears. I'm sure most of us would agree that Palahniuck books, in general, set a certain precedent for aspiring authors. But Haunted, wow. Haunted is the reason I read and re-read everything I write and always remind myself it could be that much better. I was a little surprised that no listed Haunted as their favorite but the fact that it was completely absent just doesn't register as reasonable. Did I miss something?