by Grady Hendrix
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Just released: September 2014
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: Ghosts, Horror
Paperback: 240 pages
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 comes packaged in the form of a glossy mail order catalog, complete with product illustrations, a home delivery order form, and a map of Orsk’s labyrinthine showroom. It’s “a treat for fans of The Evil Dead or Zombieland, complete with affordable solutions for better living.”—Kirkus Reviews.
I started out reading my ebook review copy, but decided to get a print copy after a couple chapters. My ereader did not display the images properly and I felt that the print copy would enhance the story which it did.
Instead of a scary tale in a haunted mansion, this story takes you into a haunted furniture store not too different than IKEA.
The format of the story was intriguing in that each chapter started out with a page out of furniture catalog. The furniture piece highlighted was incorporated in the chapter in a spooky kind of way.
The characters were quirky and fun to follow.
I could totally see this made into a successful campy/horror film. If so, I would go see it :-)
* review copy courtesy of edelweiss
* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Horror