Chuck Palahniuk is an author who is well known for his ability as a writer and especially for having written the book Fight Club, which the movie was made off of. One of his most interesting stories was title “Guts” and was included as part of a series of horror stories called Haunted.
His goal in writing the short stories series was to create horrific stories using completely ordinary items. What is truly amazing about this short story is that it is so horrifying that it consistently causes people to faint when it is read for an audience.
This was a surprise to the author, who had read it to some of his writing buddies, as was their custom, without any illness or fainting. His buddies' response was to laugh hilariously at it. However in readings across the United States, across England, and in translations of the story in Italy people dropped in the crowds, faint from the descriptions of the story.
Palahniuk who frequently read the story at bookstores became very familiar with watching people faint in the crowds. According to his publicist, people tended to drop at the words 'corn and peanuts.' He finds the story very amusing himself, and is amazed at how horrifying people find the story. Read about author’s opinion on his story at the source.