id you know that psychopaths do not yawn, at least not when you do?
And that all those screams you hear in movies – those aren’t the actors themselves but actually come from licensed recordings, used and used and used again, hundreds of times?
Chuck Palahniuk, whom you might remember from Fight Club, recently dropped The Invention of Sound onto bookshop shelves. I found my copy in a curbside library (possibly thrust there by a reader with less literary constitution than I have). And I’m going to tell you up straight – The Invention of Sound is one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read. The two main characters are as damaged and deranged as they come – an older man whose daughter was kidnapped and murdered, who searches the dark web for any clues amongst the child-murdering pornographers. And then there is the younger woman, one who records these screams in the most ghastly methods possible. And so they move though a world that is not what it seems, or hopefully not, for that matter. Yes, as I said before, this one was as disturbing as they come.
It was interesting, the things Palahniuk mentioned – look up the sound for the “Goofy Holler” on wiki – and check out how many films it (or parts of it) have been dubbed over other actors’ efforts. I’m just amazed at the things I learned and the darkness I waded through.
Not only that, you’ll have to read it slow – danger, curves ahead. Lots of crazy implications and reveals in this one.
So there you have it. A little late for Halloween and beyond the Oscars, the perfect book to cringe you out and make you blink in horror. So if you think you can stand it, go find a copy. Dare you.