Author: Grady Hendrix
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: September 23rd 2014
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Source: ARC provided by Quirk Books
Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, 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!
I received an ARC from Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review. This fact in no shape or form affects my review. Except for the existence of the review itself. I received no compensation for this review in any way. This is my honest opinion of the work.
I seriously hope I don't get nightmares from this book. That was some freaky shit.
Horrorstör is about an Ikea wannabe called Orsk. It follows a cast of Orsk employees, Trinity, Matt, Amy, Ruth Anne and Basil. Every morning when they open the store, they notice that weird things happened during the night time. Furniture would be broken or poop smeared on a couch. Basil is the store manager and he asks Amy and Ruth Anne to stay behind with him to figure out whats happening in the store at night. Matt and Trinity sneak into the store to film their own ghost show. And then, chaos ensues. Literally.
The book is told from Amy's perspective in an introspective third person point of view. Because the story is told from Amy's perspective, it shows all of her thoughts and that is important to understand Amy and also to see her break down when she goes through a traumatizing ordeal.
I thought that the story behind the haunting of Orsk is pretty unique and well told. I don't normally read horror, but the premise dragged me in. There was a possession scene that was seriously creepy and I definitely wont be forgetting it any time soon.
As always, Quirk does a fantastic job with packaging. It seriously looks like an Ikea catalogue with touches of creepy. Each chapter's title page features a piece of Orsk furniture and the featured furniture just gets creepier as the story progresses. Even the synopsis on the inside flap is fantastic. It tells the synopsis of the story and then it suddenly turns into a description of the book as a product like its trying to sell furniture.
The copyright page is an Orsk order form and there's even fake coupons in the back.
This book is a fantastic read for those who are into horror or something unique. If you get scared easily, its not for you. Seriously hoping I don't get nightmares after this. (UPDATE: I haven't gotten nightmares. Yay! :D)
Happy reading and don't get nightmares!