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Praise for the author: "National treasure Grady Hendrix follows his classic account of a haunted IKEA-like furniture showroom, Horrorst #65533; r (2014), with a nostalgia-soaked ghost story, My Best Friend's Exorcism."--The Wall Street Journal

A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorst#65533;r comes packaged in the form of a glossy mail order catalog, complete with product illustrations, a home delivery order form, and a map of Orsk's labyrinthine showroom. It's "a treat for fans of The Evil Dead or Zombieland , complete with affordable solutions for better living."-- Kirkus Reviews .

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring 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.
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Quirk Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781594745263
Characteristics: 243 pages :,color illustrations ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Rogalski, Michael - Illustrator


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Feb 07, 2018

Initially, I thought it was going to be a good scary story. It had some pretty good elements - suspense, characterization, true-to-life setting. Unfortunately, it became too far-fetched —-not that spooky stories generally lean towards realism, but Amy and the others went through too much trauma to be alive in the end. Yet, they seem to come out with some minor injuries that soon healed (except maybe emotionally).
The biggest plus of this book was the format. It is written in catalog form, and the products lend to the storyline and, metaphorically, take on the task of some of our actions.

Nov 28, 2017

I actually liked this book a lot more than I thought I was going to. It is written in kind of a fluffy style that makes you wonder if it's really going to be that scary. But as the story progresses, it gets creepy and makes you wonder what is going to happen next. I found it a satisfying read.

Jun 11, 2017

Original horror story... I would love a sequel!

May 17, 2017

I picked it up for the same reason everyone else probably did: the Ikea-esque cover. What I got was a really good horror story. It's a fast paced, easy read, that's much better than you'd think.

Aug 19, 2016

Everyone's already done a bang-up job describing the sensibility. Gleefully wicked, esthetically pleasing to look at and handle...one of a kind. Retail therapy lol. I gave a copy to my son for Christmas, too.

Jan 12, 2016

It was exactly what I needed after some the serious stuff I’ve read lately. The opening had me going “YAY! Zombies!” and then giggling as I realized what kind of zombies they were talking about. Everything in Horrorstör was well-described, with the perfect amount of detail, with a sort of “Silent Hill” vibe. It unfolded in my head almost like a movie, and that’s the best kind of book. I loved the transitions, the characters, everything. I honestly can’t think of a single bad thing to say about this book!

The pace was fast and awesome. It runs from page one and doesn’t slow down until the end is wrapping up. The characters are believable. Seriously, with almost each character I found myself having this moment of recognition and being like “Oh god, its (insert acquaintance’s name)!” There were no annoying tropes or info dumps, so overall I can’t think of a single reason why you shouldn’t at least give Horrorstor a try.

Dec 31, 2015

It was interestingly presented with an Ikea catalog reminiscent cover and furniture descriptions at the start of each chapter. Inside that glossy cover, Horrorstor is a dark and twisted take on the retail experience. I appreciated the beautiful and grotesque, at times, narrative. It is truly a horror to bestow upon one's mind. Enjoy.

Nov 15, 2015

A fun read! It's terrific when a constant reader can find a new story - yes, this borrows from a number of genres, but it's fresh, funny, and scary. Enjoy!

Cynthia_N Oct 26, 2015

You start reading this book thinking it is not going to be a really scary book. I mean, it takes place in an IKEA knock off store. How scary can it be? And then all of a sudden you are sitting on the edge of you seat and can't put the book down because who knows what will happen when the lights go out!

Sep 23, 2015

Horrorstör is a genre-bending mashup of haunted house horror story, and social commentary humor. Amy, the protagonist, is working a dead-end retail job at this Ikea-knockoff box store chain, stuck in a spiral of debt and feeling adrift in life. So, basically an experience we all share at some point, especially in our twenties. I can't say the characters are really well developed, but they definitely feel like people you've met.

Before you tell me you don't like horror, let me tell you: neither do I.
And it's ok, because although this book is full of creepiness and some typical scares (psychological more than gore) it's not so immersive or descriptive that you feel scared. I think it's the social commentary about consumerism, the constant ties between box stores (and marketing) and insane asylum horrors, etc.

Plus, each chapter features a schematic and marketing blurb straight out of an Ikea catalog. Pay close attention to the SKUs listed there.
As someone in marketing, I give it two thumbs up for the bizarre but successful blend of humor and horror. Certainly some jobs have felt like the fictional panopticon!

(which, since I wrote an essay on it in my Brit Lit class senior year, I can tell you has NOTHING to do with what they say it does in the book. The concept was that everyone could see you all the time, with the idea that human nature makes us strive to act our best when we think we're being watched and judged by our community. So under that constant pressure, criminals would be more mindful about good behavior.)

It's definitely a great choice for Halloween. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys different books; those who like both haunted houses and social commentary humor; and anyone who believes marketing is at least 25% evil.

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