Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, 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-first century 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!
My take: 5 looks
This book was so much fun that I will not hesitate to make it my first “5 look” book of the year!
Patterned after IKEA, one of my original “happy places” on earth, the sheer brilliance of the premise makes this a delight to read. Each chapter begins with the description of a piece of furniture, beginning with a sofa and ending with a medical gurney. While some of the horror routines are rote, like hands reaching out along the walls, and being buried alive, the setting and wit makes everything in this book fresh and new.
Hendrix’s interwoven spotlight on today’s capitalistic and greed-centered mentality make this a cutting commentary on how business’s manipulation of customers is not quite as subtle as they think.
Pick this one up and get ready for a fun ride!