Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
Genre: Horror, Suspense
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: 2014
The Short Version:
Employees in an IKEA like store stay overnight to find out what’s causing the strange happenings and chaos ensues.
Why I Read It:
Swapna at S. Krishna’s Books mentioned it on twitter and after reading the book description I had to give it a try.
From the publisher:
Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Columbus, Ohio. 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 twenty-first 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!
Part of the reason a horror story set in an IKEA knock off store appealed to me was because I’ve been to IKEA twice and both times felt relieved to have escaped with my sanity intact. The disorienting layout and sensory overload of the displays, not to mention the crowds are just torture as far as I’m concerned.
So a horror story set in this type of environment? Totally plausible to me.
The fun part is that the book cover at first glance looks like an IKEA catalog. Inside chapter breaks are descriptions of merchandise that are initially innocuous but grow more and more disturbing as the story progresses.
It’s not a slasher type or blood and guts horror story, It more of a haunted house on a big box scale. There is plenty of humor along the way but it’s definitely a horror story.
It’s a little different. It’s a little creepy. It’s actually a lot of fun. Get the book – the IKEA catalog comparison just cannot come through in an ebook or audio version.