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Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
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Horrorstör (2015)

by Grady Hendrix

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This is one of the most cleverly designed books I've read. It looks like an Ikea catalog, and each chapter starts with a description for an item, much like a real catalog. The item features in the chapter, and is often sinister. Horrorstor is a sometimes funny, sometimes creepy book about people who work at a store called Orsk, a self proclaimed rip off of Ikea. This book had some interesting imagery and a very cool design, but the scares and the characters weren't enough for me to truly like this book.

The characters are very one dimensional horror tropes. We have Amy, the slacker/typical millennial, Basil, the nerd who is very dedicated to the Orsk employee code, Ruth-Anne, the older, but sweet loner, Trinity, the party girl, and Matt, a "nice guy" who wants to get with Trinity. Oh, and there's a homeless guy living in the store. For me, the mark of a good horror story is it needs interesting characters who, when they end up in peril, you care if they survive. And/or an unique and interesting world. When bad things happened to these characters, I didn't care. At all. Also, while there was cool imagery, the actual store was...well, a store, and a boring one at that.

Many of the scares were legitimately creepy, especially when it played with the structure of the store and were psychological. Despite my feelings of the characters, the book may have been higher if the scares had been more psychological instead of supernatural, but surprise! It's totally haunted.

That reveal ended up not doing much for me and lowered my opinion of Horrorstor a bit. The book design is what made this book three stars for me, but I'd look somewhere else for a good horror story. ( )
  rkcraig88 | Jul 15, 2019 |
This book, much like the store its parodying, is a beautifully designed object at a great price. The follow-through on the design from the covers, the catalog end-papers, the store map, and of course the interior copy and art sending up IKEA's product descriptions are brilliant.

The novel, however, has some limitations that by the end of the book had me a little impatient. The book follows Amy as she attempts to get by at her low-level retail job at Orsk, a vulgar IKEA imitator. The store she is working at is a new branch, but it has been troubled by vandalism and harder-to-define phenomena that has led to corporate putting the branch on notice. Her overzealous supervisor enlists her and another employee to stake out the store overnight and hopefully catch the perpetrators before the following day's inspection. Their vigil is interrupted first by two other employees crashing to film their ghost-hunters show for cable and then by some seriously weird, crazy, and horrifying events.

The book is marketed as a haunted house story in a modern setting, which it is after a fashion. The horror elements were gruesome, of course, but there wasn't enough development for any atmosphere to take hold. Part of that is because the characters weren't built up to a level where I actually cared what happened to them. The dial gets turned to eleven too fast.

In short: its nice to look, but don't expect anything revolutionary. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Jul 6, 2019 |
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 |
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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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