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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. A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstor.
Publisher: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Quirk Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781594747274
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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ReadingAdviser_Sally Dec 08, 2020

To anyone who has ever been stuck in the endlessness that is retail and customer service and can handle something delightfully creepy... this is for you. To anyone who has found themselves lost, turned around and disorientated in an IKEA like department store... this is for you. To anyone who wants a super fun ride in the most creative haunted house-like format, that will make you think twice the next time you step into a big box store... THIS IS FOR YOU. Original, funny, gross, scary.

Nov 19, 2020

Amy had to drop out of college because of financing and now she’s stuck working at Orsk, America’s answer to Ikea. She doesn’t fit in with the company culture and she’s only doing the minimum to get by. When Basil, her manager, asks her and Ruth Anne, a cashier, to work an overnight shift because of some disturbances that have been happening overnight, Amy says yes because she needs the extra money to pay her rent.

While Amy and Ruth Anne are doing their rounds of the store, they stumble on Matt and Trinity, two other employees who are convinced that the store is haunted. Trinity wants to film her own ghost hunter show and get her ticket out of Ohio. They’ve researched the site and found that it was built on the grounds of an old prison, where the warden believed, much like Orsk, that hard work is the cure for all ills. The night takes a terrifying turn from there and the question changes from “What’s going on?” to “Who will make it out?”

This is my third Grady Hendrix novel this year and with every single one of them, I think the premise sounds like fun and then I’m surprised by how dark the book gets. You would think I’d learn, wouldn’t you? The books do start off amusingly enough but the dread and the creep factor slowly ratchet up until I’m practically sitting on the edge of my seat, frantically flipping pages to see what happens. Horrorstör, the earliest of the books I’ve read, followed this pattern as well.

The book itself is a lot of fun, so if you decide to read it, make sure you get a physical copy instead of downloading it to your Kindle. It looks like an Ikea catalog, complete with an order form at the front, coupons at the back, and product spotlights at the beginning of each chapter. Some of the product names made me laugh, such as the “Balsak cradle.” At the beginning of the book, the product spotlights are innocuous, like the Liripip wardrobe, that clears the room and clears away your worries. As the story progresses and gets scarier, the products get darker to mirror the plot.

As with both of the other books I’ve read by this author, there’s a surprisingly serious takeaway. In this one, Amy starts to realize that she’s using her setbacks as an excuse to just walk away from everything and never even try to make her life better. She learns about loyalty and found family. She also learns that you can never judge someone until you’ve walked in their shoes.

I highly recommend this for horror readers. Don’t expect it to be as funny as it sounds and looks because it really does get scary. For a surprisingly meaningful take on a “haunted house” book, give this a try. I really enjoyed it!

Nov 10, 2020

A quick spooky read with a fun concept that leaves the reader wanting more. I throughly enjoyed it and the whole haunted "Ikea" theme. A good weekend read.

Aug 30, 2020

Fair ghost story about four hapless adults who work in a furniture store who investigate paranormal activities. Told in Scooby Doo (minus a Scooby) like fashion. My favorite thing about this book was the brilliant presentation. It’s served up as a big box, brick and mortar furniture store catalog. It’s what made an otherwise short mediocre read kind of fun. So if you can, read the physical book as opposed to the e-book. I liked Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires much better.

ArapahoePatrick Jul 27, 2020

A horrifying trip through an Ikea knockoff store featuring some of the greatest fears of our time; ghosts, asylums, and minimum wage.

Hillsboro_JenniFerg May 19, 2020

I don't typically read dark horror novels, but the creative design of this book caught my attention, so I wanted to give it a try. What a fun and unique reading experience it was! It is probably best read in print form to get the full effect, as it is constructed to look and feel just like an IKEA store catalog. Is it a profoundly written piece of literature? Heck no! There are definitely some plot holes, and the book itself is quite gimmicky. But that is just part of the charm, and the whole reason why I picked the book up in the first place. I was hoping for more in the comedic department honestly, since it seemed like it was going in that direction at first, so that is probably my greatest disappointment. However, the book is quite short, fast-paced, and wittily executed, so still very much worth the read in my opinion.

Dec 01, 2018

A traditional (but fun) horror story in a unique, creative setting and format. I think it was a solid 3-star story with an extra star for the sheer creativity and quirk. While the plot was a bit thin in some places and spent entirely too much time on other pieces that didn't require that much development, I loved the author's overall attention to detail - complete with the physical book resembling an IKEA catalog. Definitely worth a read!

If you want to read an IKEA parody that is a humourous horror story, this is the book for you. The format of this book is similar to their catalog – the furniture, names, descriptions and pictures preceding every chapter were just as much fun as the story (I especially like the different colour choices). I was laughing before I even got to the first chapter. If you have ever worked in retail, you will enjoy the corporate speak and find the “just ORSK” sayings hilarious. This book walks the line between humour and horror with the store layout being just like a haunted house. (Submitted by DS)

Mar 01, 2018

I very much enjoyed this horror novel set in an IKEA imitation store. I had originally thought it was a horror comedy because of the fake furniture store catalog format but it ended up being satisfyingly grim and suspenseful.

Feb 07, 2018

Initially, I thought it was going to be a good scary story. It had some pretty good elements - suspense, characterization, true-to-life setting. Unfortunately, it became too far-fetched —-not that spooky stories generally lean towards realism, but Amy and the others went through too much trauma to be alive in the end. Yet, they seem to come out with some minor injuries that soon healed (except maybe emotionally).
The biggest plus of this book was the format. It is written in catalog form, and the products lend to the storyline and, metaphorically, take on the task of some of our actions.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Dec 08, 2020

The problem was the liars. They said she could do anything she set her mind to, they told her she should shoot for the moon because if she missed she’d be among the stars, they made movies tricking her into thinking she could achieve heroic things. All lies. Because she was born to answer phones in call centers, to carry bags to customers’ cars, to punch a clock, to measure her life in smoke breaks. To think otherwise was insane.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Dec 08, 2020

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Dec 30, 2014

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