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Horrorstör

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Summary

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland. 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 encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new 21st-century economy.

A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting, and full of current fears, Horrorstör delivers a high-concept premise in a unique style.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Grady Hendrix (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Well worth it

I got expecting a ok story set in retail and was left pleasantly surprised. Loved the setting and the main character though the story itself was sort of a mix of Hellraiser and Silent hill. But what really popped for me was the little item descriptions for things in the store that punctuate each chapter. The other reader and the fact that as the story grew darker these description mirrored them was a refreshing change from the norm. If you like horror fiction I would suggest this is a good book to add to your collection.

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Terrible

This book is so utterly terrible. The characters are very basic and annoying. The plot try’s to be layered and textured but falls flat. Totally unrealistic as far as how much some of these people love their jobs. Not scary at all. Worst book I’ve had in a very long time. I never even review the books I get but felt this was so terrible I felt guilty not reviewing it incase anyone else gets duped by this!! 😹

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Horrorstor

I LOVED this story- so unique and with so many twists. Interesting characters and great narration. Highly recommend

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  • John Hestand
  • 18-03-16

Welcome to ORSK!

This book was fantastic. I was never bored, always engaged. The scary scenes were real good. The story was fun. The characters were great, basil was my favorite. I highly recommend this book to anyone that's looking for a fun horror novel. Just sit back relax and enjoy the ride.

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  • Dave
  • 08-03-16

For Those of Us Who've Spent Too Much Time in IKEA

Does anyone else out there have an aversion to IKEA? Like, someone suggests we pop over there real quick, maybe bribes you with coffee and cinnamon rolls, and then BAM. The whole Saturday has mysteriously disappeared? Wait, what just happened to me this past weekend?

Horrorstör is one part Office Space, and one part haunted house story. Thankfully, the haunted house in Horrorstör is essentially an IKEA.

I’m thoroughly enjoying Grady Hendrix’s Great Stephen King reread over at Tor.com (please note the presence tense, and my faith it’ll one day continue), and thought his White Street Society short stories exquisite dark humor, so when I heard he had a novel set in a Haunted IKEA (or, more accurately: ORSK, an IKEA competitor), I knew I had to check it out.

I’ve been to IKEA way more times than I’d like, and while I don’t have the Chuck Palahniuk/Fight Club aversion to it that some do, it does feel a bit like a gauntlet at times — winding around those labyrinthine aisles. Hendrix does a solid job of bringing us in from the street level with Amy, a young woman just barely getting by, and coming to the horrific realization that she really has no plan on where her life is going. But there’s been a lot of weirdness happening at ORSK, and when Amy’s offered a late night shift by her boss Basil along with three other employees, she really can’t turn it down. Things go downhill fast from there, in something of a creepy yet kind of hysterical way. There’s a nasty little seance scene that felt like something straight out of a Sam Raimi film, and I couldn’t stop laughing while listening to it.

But about two-thirds through the book, the story less somewhat less funny and more straight-up horror, and my interest waned a bit, and the ending seemed a bit sudden. Still, Hendrix does a good job with next-door characters that seem like they could’ve walked out of a Stephen King novel. Amy is easy for just about anyone who has been hard up for cash to relate to, but Basil — the African American store manager whose name evokes Basil Rathbone and who is evangelical about all the corporate propaganda — is particularly strong. Hendrix knows his horror tropes, and does a good job subverting them.

Tai Sammons does the heavy lifting narration-wise in Horrorstör. She’s got a solid, no frills everywoman narration that nails the protagonist pretty well, and gets by okay with the rest of the cast. Bronson Pinchot is essentially reading the chapter headers, and you can tell he’s having a blast. Together, they’re a winning combination.

I could be convinced to head back to Horrorstör one day, mostly for the first half and the solid narration. It left me a little cold in places, but generally I imagine I’ll have a lot more fun whenever I go back to IKEA thanks to Hendrix’s book.

Also, the coffee and cinnamon rolls.

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  • Brian P. Judy
  • 24-04-15

Great Story, Even Better Read

Unique story with some insightful moments. It's playful, funny, and scary! It's read wonderfully, and put together well for an audiobook experience.

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  • damien cost
  • 20-09-20

Very entertaining

I would not have given this book a chance if it wasn't included in the membership. It is a very tight and concise story. Good character development and does not deviant from the story.

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  • MrOcculture
  • 08-05-17

Great concept, weak delivery.

Bad narration, when it wasn't robotic, it was boring. Read commas like periods.

Unlikable, and unintelligent protagonist. Generally dull characters.

The end makes no sense in terms of character decision, though that isn't surprising. Could've been great, but wasn't.

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  • Renee
  • 21-09-20

Brilliant and scary

This book surprised me. It used the IKEA-like megastore in a clever way that drew on retail employer lingo and how they always try to make employees into groupthink mouthpieces for the company message. The book had a haunted house dynamic but in an IKEA like store used to great effect, and an escalating genuinely horrific supernatural situation that drew on local history and upends reality, quickly making the reader feel trapped along with characters. If it was a movie it would be one of the scariest I’ve seen. Highly recommend!!!!

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  • Katie Pursinger
  • 03-10-16

Not as scary as it thinks it is.

I really, really wanted to like this book. A great premise which floundered in its execution. It tries it's best, but it never gets beyond the initial elevator pitch of a haunted IKEA. It has some neat ideas that I wish we'd explored more. This book would be great if it were double the length and it gave itself time to dig into the characters, the setting, the store and the haunted stuff. This feels too rushed.

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  • CC
  • 15-03-16

Campy Horror Story

Despite the fact that this book ended up being completely ridiculous - just like so many of its horror movie counterparts - I still liked it. The creative use of the Orsk advertisements throughout the book and the use of the Orsk Handbook to guide Basil in his by-the-book approach to management - even when faced with evil apparitions attempting to kill him and his staff - added humor to the story and made it clear that the author wasn't taking this horror story too seriously. So, yes it was ridiculous, but possibly it was meant to be.

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  • Clinton Bowers
  • 28-10-20

Holy shnikies!!!

first off, the narrator was so perfect. I'm writing this on my phone and I'm lazy, otherwise I'd write so much more about her. But I've never listened to a book where the narrator fits the main character SO WELL!!! oh man, when she's touring the new hires around I could not stop laughing. Anyone who has ever worked in a department store will understand. I still laugh so hard! oh man, and the story was just so refreshingly GOOD!

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  • Natalie B
  • 27-10-20

The horrors of working in a retail store

Amy works in an Ikea knock-off store called Orsk, which is having some odd problems. Each morning reveals freshly soiled furniture, malfunctioning electronics, open doors, and mysterious graffiti. Desperate to find the employee he is convinced is doing the vandalism, a young assistant manager drafts Amy and another employee to spend the night in the store and help him catch the perpetrator red-handed. Amy has always thought her job at Orsk could not get much worse, but now she is going to find out just how wrong she was. She's going to find out a lot of things. The hard way. The painful way. But don't worry, it'll be good for her. And if she dies in the process, well that'll be fine, too, because she'll be a better person by the time she enters Heaven, and isn't that the whole point of our lives here on Earth? I loved this book. The plot was extremely tight from beginning to end, with very few meandering subplots and backstories, much like Edgar Allan Poe's writings. Everything in the story, even the long tour Amy gives new employees at the beginning, is vital to the story. (The tour shows readers the layout of the store, and how big it is.) And for icing on the cake, this is a fun read, because Amy and her co-workers are such entertaining people, and you end up rooting so hard for them! This is definitely a book I'll listen to again, and perfect for Halloween!