Book Review: Horrorstör


Title: Horrorstör
Author: Grady Hendrix 
Publication Date: 2014
Publishing House: Quirk Books

Horror is not normally my genre but I have wanted to try reading some Grady Hendrix for a while and I found this book at my favorite local used bookshop and promptly read it in a weekend.

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

I prefer physical books over e-books but I don’t normally love book designs beyond covers. This book though is a ton of fun, complete with a maps and product descriptions. In this story retail hell takes on a more complete meaning. Basil is trying to save his store from corporate, Amy is just trying to make rent. Staying in the store over night is a quick buck for Amy and a way for Basil to feel like he has done what he has to for the job. Things don’t go as planned. These two make an interesting team that does not always work well together, but who sticks together in horror?

This book had me saying oh heck no, quite a lot. That made this book good if not fun. But, I don’t think horror is supposed to be fun. I recommend this book for fans of horror, for those that don’t mind some destruction of a big box store, and those that enjoy a good read. If you have read this book, I’d love to know what you think, let me know in the comments. Happy reading.

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4 comments on “Book Review: Horrorstör”

  1. I absolutely loved this too. I came to it because it was free in the audible plus catalogue, and as such I didn’t have high expectations. But like you, I found myself just ploughing straight through it because it was that enjoyable.

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