Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix 

This book is possibly one of the quirkiest I’ve ever come across; it looks like an Ikea catalogue. It actually fooled my father in law, who thought I was showing him a sofa!

From the blurb:

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.

Orsk is a knockoff Ikea. The employees are all indoctrinated into the Orsk way of life, except for Amy, who had to drop out of University for financial reasons, and hasn’t quite accepted that her future lies in a cheap furniture store. She recently decided to transfer to a newer store, for a bit of a change.

Amy has had a number of run-ins with the store supervisor Basil, and has asked for a transfer back to her old store. Since placing the transfer request Amy has felt like her card has been marked. Basil is constantly digging at Amy’s behaviour and work. Amy is biding her time until she can leave.

Then one day Basil asks Amy and another employee to do an extra shift that evening: he suspects that someone is breaking in to vandalise the store. Amy could use the extra cash, so she agrees. However when Amy returns to Orsk she finds that it is not necessarily the same place after dark; the safe, logical “bright shining path” that guides shoppers around the store has become menacing, and there are creatures hiding in the shadows. 

Amy and her colleagues become trapped in the store, and must find a way to survive until the morning shift arrives…

This was such a fun book! The whole thing is packaged as a catalogue, complete with store layout, furniture descriptions and how-to guides. My only issue was the ending, it seemed really abrupt and leaves the reader hanging.

Overall this is an excellent haunted house story, full of horror, thrills and humour. 

Let me know what you plan on reading this Halloween in the comments below.


Stephani Xxx 


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