Review: Horrorstör

October 29, 2014 book review, fiction, horror, Uncategorized 6


  • Written By:  Grady Hendrix
  • Published By:  Quirk Books, September 23, 2014
  • Length:  243 pages
  • Source:  Purchased

Summary:  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.

A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör 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.(goodreads)

My Thoughts:  The moment I saw the cover for this book I knew I had to read it!  Each chapter begins with an item description, and just as you’d expect the pieces are unpronounceable. While they begin as your basic utilitarian furniture and accessories the names, photos and descriptions take a dark and macabre turn as the story continues.  Perfect!

I read this book on Read-a-thon Saturday and it was a wonderful choice, short length, face paced, and intriguing.  When odd things are happening in the Orsk store a rag tag team of employees decides to stay the night and get to the bottom of the problem.  One manager suspects people hiding and staying in the store to cause havoc, one of the employees stays just to leverage the chance of being transferred back to her previous store, as she hates this store,and said manager.  The third person is the kind of employee who always willing to pitch in.

As the night progresses, things that go bump in the night begin to take on new meaning, as the team meet up with those not suppose to be in the store, and at once there is a spiral down that doesn’t make sense, that can’t be happening.  Do you believe in karma?  Do you believe in there being bad locations, as in bad places to build over?  If you ask the Orsk employees I think you’d find some interesting answers.

I can’t say enough good things about this book.  It was fun, quirky, creepy, and a bit frightening.  Perfect Halloween read,  or anytime you’re in for a bit of a scare!  Highly recommend.


6 Responses to “Review: Horrorstör”

  1. Gwen

    I will never be able to walk through an Ikea without being a bit afraid of those doors to nowhere. It was silly, but I think what make it honestly a scary was that it was set in a normal setting that many of us can relate to. Most horror is in a cabin in the woods, an old Victorian house, etc…not everyone can picture themselves there.

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