Book Review: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Horrorstör by Grady HendrixHorrorstör: What it is about

From the publishers: “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-firstcentury 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!”

Horrorstör: What I thought

From the moment I heard of the book, I was smiling: this sounded like great fun! Like a holiday that is booked in advance, I was very much enjoying the anticipation of reading the book. My I*EA catalog arrived in the same week as this book, and it looks so similar! Well, from the outside, although some of the pages inside include a map of the showroom, pictograms of how to order and assemble the furniture, an order form, and some money-off vouchers.

Each chapter starts with the description of a piece of furniture (with unpronounceable names), its features, the size and color scheme, and product number. After a few chapters, the pieces of furniture become less pleasant pieces of horror equipment. The story starts during the day, but the further we get into the night, the darker it gets and the worse the experience for the brave shop employees that stayed behind to find out what is bothering their store at night.

They’re happy to find that the homeless man staying in the shop at night is the cause of the trouble. Problem solved. Oh wait! There is something strange about him. Wait, things are getting even stranger: there are noises and smells and fluids in the dark and fake doors in the displays leading to non-existing corridors. Oh people, it gets… terrible!

The ordeals are real, but the writing is smooth and fun. The story is seen through the eyes of Amy, who has a tendency to run away from responsibilities and for whom the job is just a job. But during the course of the night, Amy finds out things about herself, and becomes a braver and better person.

I loved this book as much as I hoped I would love it.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (very good)

Number of pages: 248

First published: 2014

I got this: for review from Quirk Books

Genre: contemporary fiction, supernatural


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18 Responses to Book Review: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

  1. I really wondered about this book – a cool concept for a story. Glad that you enjoyed it so much – I might have to keep my eye out for this one!

  2. Topazshell says:

    I enjoyed your review. Not sure about this one. I’m Intrigued by the use of furniture.

  3. Amber Terry says:

    I LOVE Quirk Books and horror novels so this one sounds really appealing to me. Definitely a different take on a horror story 🙂

  4. Leslie says:

    I ‘m glad to see you liked it. This is one of my R.I.P.IX choices so I’ll be reading it soon. (Guess I better get that R.I.P. post up!)

    • Leeswammes says:

      I’m sure you’re bound to love this one, Leslie. Have fun with RIP. I’m skipping it this year as I want to get through my to-read pile rather than adding new books to it (the to-read pile is just 4 books but these days, that takes me a while).

  5. Liliane Ruyters says:

    Normally I’m not info horror. You made this one sound very attractive though. I might give it a shot.

  6. This sounds wonderful – and who hasn’t been tempted to open mysterious doors in I*EA?!

  7. diane says:

    I saw this one on Les’ blog and thought it sounded good; glad u loved it. I requested an eGalley — we shall see.

  8. I didn’t hear about this book before, but this sounds like a good and interesting book

  9. To me, the furniture names might be the best part about this book.

  10. Love the cover of this one! This is one I need to buy the paper book of to gaze at the cover!

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