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Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Horrorstör (2015)

by Grady Hendrix

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This is a fun horror book, with a unique concept. The book itself is styled like an Ikea catalog, complete with product descriptions and a map of the store. The story takes place in Orsk, a furniture store modeled after Ikea, with almost the exact same floor plan. Strange things are happening in the store at night. Things are being vandalized and no one knows who is doing it. To get to the bottom of it, Basil, the supervisor, enlists two employees to work an overnight shift with him so they can investigate. Amy, a disgruntled employee is recruited for the job, along with Ruth Anne, a model employee.

The beginning of the night goes as expected. The empty store is creepy, but that is about it. It doesn't take long for the action to start, beginning with the discovery of a vagrant hiding in the store, and two other employees who have snuck in to hunt for "ghosts." Things get really crazy after that. I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that it is never a good idea to try to contact the dead. Conducting a seance can only lead to trouble.

I really enjoyed this book and read it over the course of one day. The parody of Ikea and corporate culture was really funny and definitely elevated the book. The actual horror part of the book was good but the basic plot felt like I had read it before. Although the use of the store's products to torture the people was inspired.

I would recommend this to people who enjoy horror novels. It was a fast read, with an added element of humor. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
Jetzt habe ich endlich die Muße, mich mit diesem IKEA-Katalog aufs Sofa zu packen und in Ruhe zu schmökern. Liest sich weg wie nix, und mit Angestellten in skandinavisch angehauchten Möbelhäusern möchte ich nicht tauschen. Viel zu gefährlich, der Job!

Update: wenn ich schon dabei bin, kann ich das Buch in einem Rutsch durchlesen, was ich hiermit erledigt habe. Einen Literaturpreis wird Grady Hendrix dafür nicht bekommen, aber der Leser bekommt höchst kurzweilige Unterhaltung mit hohem Grusel- und Schmunzelfaktor in bester Twilight Zone-Manier geboten.

Und für den nächsten Besuch bei IKEA besorg ich mir eine Survivalausrüstung im Army-Store! ( )
  Horrortorte | May 17, 2019 |
The Funniest IKEA Horror Story You'll Ever Read

Grady Hendrix is what Stephen King would be like if you let him breathe in laughing gas fumes while writing. Horrorstor is primarily focused on Amy, an ORSK big-box store employee who has been told of some unnatural events happening after working hours. In her following travels, she reveals, with the help of a few of her co-workers and a homeless "bum" found sleeping in the store, that what's been going on is far more mysterious and potentially dangerous than anyone realized. By the end, much more than lives will be forever changed.

What really sets this book apart from other horror stories, is it's ability to satirize the form, while still applying the right amount of tension and suspension to make the story work. Even the book itself has a custom design for each chapter that helps to not only further the story and eventually reveal what's going on, but also tweak corporate culture and consumer society. You will read this quickly, laugh, and then head out to find the next one of his. And you'll not think of IKEA...I mean ORSK..the same again. ( )
  djcuthbert84 | May 9, 2019 |
Fresh and different. I am looking forward to reading My Best Friend's Exorcism. ( )
  KateSavage | Mar 29, 2019 |
Horrorstor is a chilling horror novel. It’s neither too long, or too short. The story is full of humor, creating an atmosphere that is dark, but not too dark to be an enjoyable read. The suspense was intense throughout the book, making it hard to set the book down. The length of the story keeps it moving fast and there wasn’t a spot where it lagged. The characters were all distinctive from each other and the main character, Amy, was easy to relate to. The book was made to look like an IKEA catalog. The layout of the book added to the reading experience nicely. This book is definitely worth a read, or more than one. ( )
  MHendry | Jan 12, 2019 |
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It was dawn, and the zombies were stumbling through the parking lot, streaming toward the massive beige box at the far end.
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Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjërring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they'll patrol the empty Showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör is designed to retain its luster and natural appearance for lifetime of use. Pleasingly proportioned with generous French flaps and a softcover binding, Horrorstör delivers the psychological terror you need in the elegant package you deserve.

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After strange things start happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, three employees volunteer to work an overnight shift to investigate, but what they discover is more horrifying than they could have imagined.

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