Review - Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

Title: Horrorstor

Author: Grady Hendrix

Publisher: Quirk

Release Date: 23rd September 2014

Source: Own Copy

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires comes a hilarious and terrifying haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting: a furniture superstore.

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring 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.



I’ve never ventured in an IKEA, it just looks too big, too much choice, too many things to spend my money on - I have bought some nice fake plants from the website - anyway I digress.  I have never pictured an IKEA-esque building as a setting of a scary as hell horror story - until now!

It was terrifying, Horrorstor follows Amy as she tries to work through her day at ORSK without occurring assistant manager Basil who seems to have it in for her and who she cant stand one little bit - the feeling seems to be mutual.  

Life of course is going to throw in its metaphorical spanner and that spanner come in the form of unexplained events, stylish sofas covered in excrement, mattresses shredded, plates smashed, it seems something or someone is up to something.

Basil is on the case, he wants Amy and her colleague, the sweetest lady ever, Ruth Anne to stake out the store over night, Amy’s day is about to go from bad to terrifying as the store reveals its horrific secrets!

I loved this book for the following reasons!


  • First of please note I have the physical book and it is square and it looks like and Ikea catalogue!
  • Yellow, so much yellow, its on the cover, on the inside flap both front and back, a very under used colour in the my collection of books.
  • Illustration, every chapter starts with an Orsk product, my favourite has to be the ARSLE, available in four different finishes including honeydew, its the perfect kitchen table.
  • Attention to detail, not only does Horrorstor look like an IKEA catalogue, it has a store map, it has crazy product names, catalogue numbers, money off vouchers and inspirational blurb.
  • The build up - it starts off slow as they patrol the store over night, then it snowballs in to non stop horror.

Things I didn’t like

  • The ending, well that isn’t strictly true, I really liked the ending but I need to know more, will there be another book, I’m sure I heard on the internet it’s going to be made in to a TV show but what happened next?!
So there you I go I was throughly entertained by a book that looks like an IKEA catalogue which tells me a horror story set in a faux Scandinavian wonderland of home and living must haves.

Have you read it?!


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17 comments

  1. I LOVED this book when I read it! It's just so fun to read (and after spending a few weekends in Ikea every time we move it's even more fun).

    Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I’m too scared to go near an Ikea, I’ll stick to the online store!

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  2. Sounds like a fun read and how fun the actual book is shaped like an IKEA store. And that sounds fun how each chapter starts with a product form the fiction store. I am not usually a fan of horror tough, how horror like is it? Great review!

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    1. It’s not like Halloween/Nightmare on Elm Street Scary, it’s just the fear of the unknown and things that go bump, the real “horror” doesn’t come till near the end - maybe a 6 out of 10 on the horror scale!

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  3. I've been to an IKEA either but this book sounds amazing! I love the idea of a format and a slow build horror adds a special limit to the story!

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    1. It was a great read, I’m so glad I got it in paperback too, I’m not sure it would translate well to kindle.

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  4. Great review! I agree we totally need more.

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  5. I used to spend a lot of time in IKEA! I got all my beloved Billy bookshelves there and they're still going strong! I need to get round to trying some Hendrix books as I have a few to get to!

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    1. I’ve never been! I hear the meatballs are good!! I go in for one thing and end up with ten!

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  6. I’ve read it! It’s one of my favorite books of 2020 because I had tons of fun reading it. I can’t wait to pick up more of the author’s books. Great review!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Yay! I’m looking forward to reading more too, it was great fun!

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  7. I love your description of the physical book. I'm off to see if my library has it!

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  8. I just read The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by this author. I expected it to be funny and scary but mostly it was terrifying! It was way darker than I expected! I read another favorable review of Horrorstor and want to read it. I really want to find a physical copy though. It just seems like it would work better as a "catalog" than as an ebook. Thanks for the review!

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    1. The cover makes it look quite tame! I’m planning on reading it eventually but I didn’t realise it was that dark! I hope you manage to get a hold of Horrorstor and enjoy it!

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  9. I need to pick this one up!! Great review!

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