HAUNTED is a novel made up of stories: twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever.
They are told by the people who have all 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 become to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/non-fiction blockbuster that will certainly be made from their plight.
Haunted is somewhat of a legend. After its publication the author would do a reading of the first chapter at book tours. People fainted. The first chapter of this book has made people faint. Like, a lot of people. In multiple languages, when confronted with the horrors in this book, people have lost consciousness and hit the floor, hard. This is not a casual read, this is a look into the nightmarish depths of urban humanity. If you can make it through, its well worth the horror. Reviewed by 19aw