by Sam Stall
It's a classic old-fashioned haunted house story - set in a big box Swedish furniture superstore.
Designed like a retail catalogue, Horrorstor offers a creepy read with mass appeal-perfect for Halloween tables! Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio.
Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Bracken glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofabeds-clearly, someone or something is up to no good.
To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-til-dawn shift-and they encounter horrors that defy imagination.
Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new 21st century economy.
A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting (and full of contemporary fears), Horrorstor comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalogue, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Quirk Books
- Publication Date: 15/10/2011
- Category: Horror & ghost stories
- ISBN: 9781594745263
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Review by DanaJean
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix was a fresh read in the horror genre. The story was familiar, an amalgam of some fine tried and true horror movies, but yet, Mr. Hendrix took old ideas and really spun them into something different. I loved the fact that the book was set-up like a catalog, and I thought it was creatively brilliant to watch the chapter furniture selections change as the story got darker and more dangerous. Although the tension was building, it did give me an uneasy laugh to see these furniture selections become more twisted.Smooth dialogue, first rate writing, I felt like I was watching a movie and not reading a book. I would recommend it.
Review by datrappert
This is a horror novel presented in the format of an Ikea catalog. Except that it isn't Ikea but an American knockoff, Orsk, that is exactly the same, right down to the meatballs, except for the color scheme. I'm not sure that Ikea, that money-raking retailer posing as some sort of family trust to dodge taxes would be pleased, but on to the book!The Deputy Store Manager and two other employees are working overnight to get to the bottom of a series of mysterious occurrences that have resulted in missing merchandise, smelly furniture, and other calamities. Meanwhile a couple of other employees choose the same night to hide in the store to film a pilot for their ghost hunting reality show that they are determined to get on Bravo. None of these employees are going to be pleased with their choice to stay the night!The author shows some imagination and there are some memorably gruesome scenes. The cause of the horror is fairly well though out--about as well as you expect for this type of book. And the setting is well depicted. If you have been in an Ikea store, you'll have no problem conjuring up every scene here in your head, which certainly works to the book's favor. The problem is the characters, who are pretty much cardboard cutouts. The Deputy Store Manager, Basil, takes the Orsk credo past its logical limits as he continues in his quest to rid the store of intruders before morning. The book's focal point, Amy, who detests Basil, but really needs the overtime, does one stupid thing after another to keep herself in peril. The other three characters are no better.Which is not to say the book is a failure. It is still a pretty good amount of fun. It is written smoothly, though without any detectable style, and is a quick read. And I can guarantee that you won't look at Ikea the same way the next time you're there.
Review by Ann_Louise
I KNOW not to judge a book by it's cover, but if this book is half as clever as it's cover, I'll be happy! Another haunted store novel to go along with [The Overnight] by Ramsey Campbell.6-2-14 Wow - got this one in the mail on Saturday, and finished it Monday evening. I hope Quirk promotes the heck out of this one - I'd describe it as Chuck meets Office Space with a dose of Session 9 and the movie Prison. You cannot go wrong with a clever variation on the "let's build something over the old burial ground where terrible things happened - what could possibly go wrong?"Also, the author make an effort to show why the characters a) have to been in this terrible place and b) why they can't just leave.
Review by bragan
The Cuyahoga, Ohio branch of Orsk, a giant imitation-IKEA furniture store, is having some weird problems with vandalism and other strange and disturbing things happening at night. So a handful of employees spend the night in the store, hoping to catch whatever-it-is in the process of happening. For what they end up facing, though, they're <I>really</I> not being paid enough.It's an interesting and nicely original setting for a horror story, and the ads for various bits of furniture with funny-sounding names that appear at the head of each chapter make for a fun, clever touch. And the horror elements, while hardly groundbreaking, are decently done. The writing and the characters are nothing special, though, and none of it moved me too deeply with fear or laughter or anything else. So, basically, it's a fast, reasonably entertaining read, but not especially memorable. The experience of reading it was almost exactly like that of watching a decent-but-not-exceptional horror movie. It's not going to enrich your life any, but there are worse ways to kill a couple of hours.
Review by Kellswitch
First off this book engaged me right from the moment I saw it. It is the size and shape of an Ikea catalog and it's cover does an amazing job of mimicking an Ikea catalog. It was so convincing at first I found myself wondering why someone shipped me an Ikea catalog. Until I took a closer look. This wasn't a particularly scary story, though I'm not sure how scary it was really meant to be, but it did have lots of nice creepy and atmospheric moments, I would hate to be in one of these stores after closing now. And like all good horror stories you have your cast of stereotypical characters who do stereotypically stupid things that are needed to pull the plot forward, and most of them weren't particularly likeable but I still got caught up in their stories and cared about their outcome even if they did make me roll my eyes once in a while.I had a lot of fun reading this book, and while some of it seemed cliched it still had a lot of surprises for me, I had a hard time putting it down at times. In fact the only reason it took me two days to read it was due to real life obligations getting in the way. It was worth loosing some sleep over. The best way I can think of to sum this book up quickly is to compare it to an 80's horror movie, with all the cliches, some humor, some seriously creepy stuff and some gore and a good solid ghost story at it's core. It's a bit cheesy and it was a lot of fun.
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