Horrorstor

Horrorstor

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires comes a hilarious and terrifying haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting: a furniture superstore.
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.

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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.

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gvoolich
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)

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augsburgerin
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.

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Alpha_zzz
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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MintyFreeze
Nov 28, 2017

I actually liked this book a lot more than I thought I was going to. It is written in kind of a fluffy style that makes you wonder if it's really going to be that scary. But as the story progresses, it gets creepy and makes you wonder what is going to happen next. I found it a satisfying read.

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LisezPourVivreVPL
Jun 11, 2017

Original horror story... I would love a sequel!

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BREATHLESSMAHONEY
May 17, 2017

I picked it up for the same reason everyone else probably did: the Ikea-esque cover. What I got was a really good horror story. It's a fast paced, easy read, that's much better than you'd think.

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MelanieED
Aug 19, 2016

Everyone's already done a bang-up job describing the sensibility. Gleefully wicked, esthetically pleasing to look at and handle...one of a kind. Retail therapy lol. I gave a copy to my son for Christmas, too.

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scifiandscary
Jan 12, 2016

It was exactly what I needed after some the serious stuff I’ve read lately. The opening had me going “YAY! Zombies!” and then giggling as I realized what kind of zombies they were talking about. Everything in Horrorstör was well-described, with the perfect amount of detail, with a sort of “Silent Hill” vibe. It unfolded in my head almost like a movie, and that’s the best kind of book. I loved the transitions, the characters, everything. I honestly can’t think of a single bad thing to say about this book!

The pace was fast and awesome. It runs from page one and doesn’t slow down until the end is wrapping up. The characters are believable. Seriously, with almost each character I found myself having this moment of recognition and being like “Oh god, its (insert acquaintance’s name)!” There were no annoying tropes or info dumps, so overall I can’t think of a single reason why you shouldn’t at least give Horrorstor a try.

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quagga
Dec 30, 2014

"Unwind on the cushion-firm mattress as this elegantly designed wheeled stretcher transfers you to the destination of your choice. Whether it's a fast-paced trip to an urgent care center or a more leisurely cruise to the coroner's office, GURNE delivers you in style and comfort"

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