Review: Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

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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, Horrorstör is designed to retain its luster and natural appearance for a lifetime of use. Pleasingly proportioned with generous French flaps and a softcover binding, Horrorstör delivers the psychological terror you need in the elegant package you deserve.
Designed by Andie Reid, cover photography by Christine Ferrara.

I’ve wanted to read a Grady Hendrix book for a very long time, and when I saw the design for Horrorstor, I just knew I had to pick it up. This book is designed to be a copy IKEA catalog, and it makes the whole book incredibly entertaining to read. I think the design of this book is pure genius, and the story itself was pretty good too.

I had no idea what to expect on the horror front – but this turned out to be paranormal style horror, which I enjoyed. It was weird, not too spooky, and not quite real. A good balance of horror for me personally, although I could have stood maybe slightly more creepiness in places.

There are enough people running around in here.

I also related to the main character, Amy. There is a large part of this book that focuses on the difficulty of working in retail. I’m talking the day-in-day-out slog of working with shitty customers all day, every day. I love my job, but I also know what it feels like to be in the kind of retail Amy was constantly sassy about. I loved, and very much related to, that satirical narrative. See this review for a brilliant selection of gifs about working in retail (and a review of the book of course!).

The plot kept me entertained and was super fun in a lot of ways. I read this in two sittings and it kept me interested throughout. I had no idea how it was going to end, but I did quite like the ending we had. The characters banded together in a way that reminded me of my own work family and I can imagine us coming together if we ended up in a crazy situation like this one!

It’s starting to feel like an episode of Scooby-Doo.

Overall, this was a great introduction to Grady Hendrix and I can’t wait to read more by him.

4.5 out of 5 stars


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