Review: Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
by Grady Hendrix
Age Group/Genre: (Young) Adult, Horror, Humor, Parody
Publication date: September 23rd, 2014
Publisher: Quirk Books
SYNOPSIS: Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjërring 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.
Note: It’s essentially a horror novel set in IKEA. The book actually references IKEA (and how much better it is), but the store in question is Orsk, an American IKEA knockoff store.
The moment I first heard about Horrorstör and its unique format, I knew I had to have it. This sounded like exactly my kind of book: horror, humor, and IKEA.
The contemporary setting makes it so much more creepy than if it was set in an old, haunted house in a small town, or something. We’re used to those stories now, and they’re getting boring. Most of us have been to IKEA at least once, which made the setting very easy to picture.
I’m pretty brave when it comes to horror, whether that’s movies or books. Horrorstör didn’t have me frightened, but it did get me feeling a little creeped out and checking under my bed. (Shut up.)
The writing was simple but great! It’s not often that I think about a book when I’m not reading it at that moment… I had lots of moments in class where I wished I’d taken the book with me to school because I just could not wait to continue.
- Great character development and most of the characters have a lot more depth than you’d initially expect from them. My favourite character was probably Basil, but I also really liked Amy’s snarky personality!
- The chair scene (you’ll know when you read it) was pretty freaking scary!
The meh things
- I feel like the main villain didn’t have that much depth. It was scary, but I didn’t really understand exactly why he was doing what he was doing.
- I would’ve liked some more focus on the consumerism! I really did like the part where Amy thinks about the way Orsk (and IKEA) is set up and how it makes you buy stuff you didn’t even know you wanted.
- At one point, the police was called but the cops couldn’t find the store. I don’t remember ever getting an explanation for that…
The ending seemed to build up to a sequel… I’d be down for that.
Overall, Horrorstör was a very interesting, engaging read that I would recommend to anyone looking for something unique for Halloween (or anytime, really)!
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Thanks to Quirk Books for providing me with a physical copy in return for an honest review.
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(This is really hard because there is nothing quite like this book.)