Author: Grady Hendrix
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: Fiction, horror
Setting: The Orsk store in Ohio.
Blurb: Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Columbus, Ohio (It actually takes place in a Cleveland suburb.). Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds. Clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-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 current fears), Horrorstör comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalog, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories. We promise you’ve never seen anything quite like it!
From Me: This was a fantastic book. First, foremost, and most importantly: This is a book of which you should read a print copy. It does not translate to eBook or audio format. The book is printed to look exactly like an Ikea catalog, right down to the dimensions. It has pages throughout the book that are made to look like they actually come from the Orsk/Ikea catalog. Half the experience of reading this book is holding it in your hand. Trust me on this.
This is a story about five Orsk (Ikea knockoff) employees who spend the night in the store to see if they can solve the mystery of the strange happenings that have been taking place. The morning crew often opens the store up to broken and/or vandalized merchandise with no clues as to how it’s happening. The store manager assumes that someone must be breaking in at night, so he chooses a couple of employees to take a night shift with him so that they can catch the culprits.
As a huge fan of Ikea, it’s hard for me to imagine one ever coming off as creepy. Hendrix, however, has made it so that I will never look at an Ikea the same way again. This book is clever and while there is some predictability, it’s highly entertaining from beginning to end. I’ll admit, it didn’t creep me out as much as I’d hoped that it would, what with this being October and all, but there were a few tense moments. I’ve read/watched other reviews for this book and there were some readers who were totally creeped out by Horrorstor so maybe I’m just jaded.
This is a perfect book to read this time of year and I highly recommend it.