Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt
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! (Check out the book trailer at the bottom of this post)
Horrorstör is a very unusual book. It is packaged like a high end catalog. The Orsk furniture store is having some strange activity going on during their closed hours. Amy (a disgruntled employee waiting for a transfer), Ruth Anne (Miss Pollyanna of the Orsk store) and Basil (the newly appointed deputy store manager) are staying overnight to investigate who or what is doing the damage. While they are making their rounds they run into Trinity and Matt, two coworkers. They are recording a submission video for Bravo (not A&E) trying to prove the store is haunted. So begins the horrors that will change their lives forever.
This book is truly unique and at the same time a wonderful horror story. It is peppered with store items and a few ads for such as well. That alone brings this novel to another level. Mr. Hendrix mixes in sly commentary on today’s work attitude and company politics. The horror part is truly horrific, the stuff of nightmares. (I was glad to have another book to start as soon as I finished it so I didn’t spend the night awake). The storyline is basic horror story mixed with the stuff of monsters under the bed, “Ben” and “The Twilight Zone”.
I am not a horror story fan usually, but this book is so unique and interesting there was no way I could not enjoy it. I recommend Horrorstör to any lover of the horror genre and anyone that wants to have a restless night’s sleep. The ending is a great twist as well. The characters are well developed and are surprising in how they each develop even more. Besides the story itself being a fun, entertaining and quite scary, the book itself is an experience as well. What a surprising and uncommon horror story.