- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Quirk Books (September 23, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594745269
- ISBN-13: 978-1594745263
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 292 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Horrorstor: A Novel Paperback – September 23, 2014
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“Horrorstör delivers a crisp terror-tale...[and] Hendrix strikes a nice balance between comedy and horror.”—Washington Post
“...disarming...”—Wall Street Journal
“...wildly fun and outrageously inventive...”—Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review
“...Hendrix conjures up some wonderfully gruesome imagery...”—Nerdist
“If you’ve ever been frustrated trying to put together furniture from IKEA, you’ll get a laugh out of Hendrix’s spoof mystery.”—New York Post
“...a clever little horror story...the book starts as a Palahniuk-tinged satire about the things we own...turning the psychological manipulations and scripted experiences that are inherent to the retail experience into a sinister fight for survival. A treat for fans of The Evil Dead or Zombieland, complete with affordable solutions for better living.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A very clever ghost story....the story is entertaining and the book itself is laid out like an Orsk catalog”—Booklist
“A fun horror novel....Enjoyable....There is a fair amount of workplace humor, but the book...will deliver enough scares for horror fans as well.”—Library Journal
“...the book’s packaging as a catalog—complete with illustrations of increasingly sinister-looking furniture with faux Scandinavian names—gives it a charmingly oddball allure.”—Publishers Weekly
“...Hendrix is an engaging writer...”—Santa Fe New Mexican
About the Author
Grady Hendrix has written for Variety, Slate, the New York Post, Playboy, Village Voice, Strange Horizons, and the anthology The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination. He spent several years answering the phone for a parapsychological research organization. He is currently employed by Orsk, Manhattan.
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The action takes place in the Orsk the “all-American furniture superstore in Scandinavian drag,” an IKEA knock-off where the prices are lower and, presumably, the merchandise reflects that.
You have your usual cast of characters. Amy is a disaffected 20-something who is beyond barely making ends meet. If she doesn’t pay the $600 rent she owes, she’ll have to go back and live in her mother’s trailer. She hates her job, hates her life, and sees no percentage in making any sort of effort. Consequently she always feels as if she’s on the verge of being fired. Basil, her manager, comes from the gung-ho-memorized-the-entire-manual school of management, and Amy hates him. Ruth Anne is an older woman who is beloved of everyone because she’s unfailingly nice, and she works hard. That these three are the people who stay after hours to figure out who is vandalizing the store (broken items, human, uh, substances left on the sofas) is a recipe for, well maybe not disaster, but you know it won’t end well.
When they do find the intruder, a homeless man named Carl, and are joined by two other employees who think the store is haunted and are trying to document the supernatural activity in hope of selling their show idea to Bravo, things begin to get strange. The police are called, there’s a seance, Amy gets a dose of reality that shakes her out of her don’t-care attitude, and there are ghosts. Lots of them. Because the Orsk property has a horrible history.
Screenshot_2017-08-17-18-29-18Most of the humor comes out of the send up of IKEA, their product names, and the products themselves, and Hendrix has a really good ear for that kind of parody. It’s funny without ever going over the top, and without ever blunting the real horror. The product names become more sinister — Mesonxic struck me as Lovecraftian — and the products themselves become less faux Scandiavian and more Scando-Spanish Inquisition style. I laughed even while I was thinking, Euuu, that’s SO wrong!
Terrible things do happen, people die, bits get torn off, and ultimately those who get out alive come away with the sense that this isn’t finished. When I reached the end, I thought, There has got to be a sequel. I want a sequel!
So yeah, I enjoyed the heck out of it. And if it’s a little lightweight, that’s fine. I don’t need buckets of gore with my horror. I like it when my imagination is a big part of why I have The Wiggins. I don’t often smile when I think about horror stories, but this one does make me grin even as I think, Well, I’ll never look at IKEA the same way again.
Just as in that old movie, where the house is built on the Indian burial ground and bad things start to happen when the little girl looks at static on TV, Orsk, a knock off of IKEA, is built on top of an evil site that mirrors how Orsk runs their business but there is spiritual madness under the floorboards of Orsk.
Bad things start to happen, and of course they get worse. The tale cleverly intersperses IKEA-like product descriptions between chapters that are used in the upcoming chapter. As the tale gets darker, so too the products.
I have to say my favorite part of the story was the epilogue. Maybe a sequel will address the overwhelming fascination between Orsk and evil in a global scale. I would buy that book. As for this one, it was clever, it was light, it was quick and it was quirky. I liked it.
If you've ever worked in retail and only viewed that job as a rest stop on the way to your actual destination, this book is for you
There is something truly creepy and gothic about this store built on the lives of scared and hopeless orphans. Hendrix does a great job of balancing the mundane retail existence with the eye rubbing horror of what lies beneath this over lit shopping wonderland.
This is a really fun read, with a killer ending that screams sequel (or season two of a TV series, which appears to be happening).
I loved this book. It was funny, horrifying and a joy to read. I look forward to reading more books by this publisher and author! I was almost immediately sucked into the plot and my favorite characters were of course, Amy and Basil. This is definitely a reread and a read for my boyfriend as well!