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 imaginations.
A traditional haunted house story in a 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.
First Sentence: It was dawn, and the zombies were stumbling through the parking lot, steaming toward the massive beige box at the far end.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I have a strange fascination with Ikea stores. I love browsing their stores, finding little tidbits that I don’t really need but want to buy, and I just love browsing their glossy catalog, thinking if I was rich, that is what I want to get. That is why when I first saw Horrorstör, a book disguised as a furniture catalog, I was understandably intrigued by it. When I got my hands on Horrorstör, you could see me busy flipping through the beginning and the end of the book, looking at the catalog parts of the book and wishing I still had one of my Ikea catalogs with me. Even my mom was fooled by the design – she was asking me why I was reading a catalog when she saw me with Horrorstör.
Right from the very beginning, I could tell that reading Horrorstör would be fun. From the very first page, Grady Hendrix managed to draw a smile from me and I could relate to Amy almost immediately. I could also sense that Grady Hexdrix has an awesome sense of humor from his writing – his writing just gave off the “I want to make you smile!” feel.
“Why would anyone sneak into a store?” Ruth Anne said.
“Customers do all kinds of crazy things,” Amy said. “I remember this giant fat dude who came in one day near closing, took off his shoes, folded up his pants, and crawled into a Muskk and fell asleep. No one even noticed him for an hour.” (52)
One thing that makes Horrorstör a quirky and unique book is that there are illustrations, which are advertisements, of products at the beginning of each chapter. Not only do most young adult books not have any illustrations besides page decorations at the beginning of each chapter, but the illustrations in Horrorstör is also there for a reason. As I was reading, I noticed that each illustration started getting creepier and creepier, and more and more wicked as you read on. I will leave you guys to pick up a copy of Horrorstör and find out what I’m talking about for yourself.
I love the whole concept behind why the creepy events in Orsk was taking place. It reminds me of a television show I’ve watched long ago, maybe Supernatural or some other show I can’t name at the moment. I didn’t see that twist coming and was just wowed by its familiarity and at the same time, how genius it was. The only problem I had with it was that after that twist was revealed, things dulled down a little. There wasn’t any a mystery element in Horrorstör anymore after the twist since we now know the reason why everything was happening. All you’ll read about after the twist is revealed is that Amy, the main character of the book, is basically just running around the store and hiding, trying to find and rescue her coworkers. Horrorstör became just like any other typical horror book from then on, which is sad since the beginning of the book was really promising.
“I got nowhere else to go…I tried hiding out in Lowe’s and Ikea but they’ve got much better security. Can’t you guys show a little sympathy?” (104)
If you’re looking for a really scary story, Horrorstör sadly won’t be that book. Sure, it had its moments, but I highly doubt fourteen or fifteen year olds would be scared while reading it.
I do wonder if Horrorstör will have a sequel. The way the book left off was not an open ending, but at the same time, it was also incomplete, if that makes any sense. If there’s a sequel to Horrorstör, I would most likely read it since I need more books disguised as a catalog in my life. Do I recommend Horrorstör? Definitely, especially if you’re a fan of browsing Ikea catalogs like I am.