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Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland. 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 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 delivers a high-concept premise in a unique style.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Grady Hendrix (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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  • Au global
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not as good as I hoped.

the book is very young adult but the premise was intriguing but not good enough with a lot left unanswered, but I still wish there was a better ending to it all,just as i started to like where it was going it ends...

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Awesome dark comedy horror

Recently discovered Grady Hendrix, and this muggy be my favorite book of his. Dark, disturbing, horrific, yet darkly funny. It's great.

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my favourite Grady Hendrix to date

more horror than other books I've read or listened to by Hendrix. reminds me of Chuck Palahniuk books in a way.

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Not phenomenal but hilarious.

Now overall the writing isn't perfect, the characters are heavily flawed, but I feel like it all ties together to make a perfect B rated horror movie vibe. The reality is this is a ridiculous comedy, and if you take it seriously you will be severely disappointed. Go into this looking for some laughs, and along the way enjoy the strange reality the author has created and I am sure you will enjoy it immensely. In between chapters there is hilarious furniture "ads" that really tied it all together, so at least listen to the audiobook for that.

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Ikea on a Saturday way more frightening

The narrator was good. The story okay. I agree with the other posters - the music at the beginning of each chapter is annoying. I'll probably listen to a few more as the premise always seems so promising and at least I know to expect an unfulfilling ending the next time.

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Meh

i expected a lot more from the intriguing description of the book, and that Bronson Pinchot was a reader.

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It was ok

I wanted this to be so much better than it was. The narration is flat and overly sarcastic which seems to take away from the horror. The idea of this is great, the execution not so much. Mainly enjoyed the book but it felt like a one of those 90’s horror films with fun effects, cool gory action scenes, decent cheeky humour but a flimsy back story.

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Quirky "Horror" - Disappointingly Aimless

Grady Hendrix declares at the outset of this odd novel that he's providing Parody.. but I was left wondering what his objective really was..
From a critical standpoint: the writing in 'Horrorstör' is passable, the plot is adequately crafted/delivered, and the characters are sketched-out but interesting - the book is worthy of publication.
From an entertainment standpoint: there are amusing WTF moments in this weird story about stereotypically evil spirits in a cartoonishly corporate fictional 'Ikea'-like furniture store named "Orsk", but nothing I would describe as "parody". To be sure, Hendrix unapolagetically uses horror tropes: Unexplainable smells & sounds, Paranormal Investigators looking into the mysterious happenings (not a psychic/medium this time), a Séance (I'm not kiddng), a previously unknown history (the place is built on the grounds of.. wait for it.. a prison for mental patients), and a malevolent spirit trapping the ghosts of former prisoners - and live Orsk employees - in torture devices. Rather than a 'Scary Story'-style riff on those clichés, however, he crafts a deliberate 'Return Of The Living Dead'-like take..
without the frightening aspects..
while trying to deliver them somehow.

It's not clear what Hendrix is trying to do. I actually suspect that he set out to deliver a conventional horror story - realized how laughably bad it was - and rewrote it with the goal of embracing the stupid.
This story is neither funny nor scary - merely ludicrous.

Fortunately, the narration is creditable. Tai Simmons reads the majority of the text and does a commendable job. Her diction/cadence/timbre are spot-on, character voices are largely realistic (although the Southern accent for 'Ruth-Ann' is pretty bad), and - most importantly - Simmons lends a tone dripping in fear to the story. Bronson Pinchot reads campy advertising copy for Orsk at the head of each Chapter - including for hypothetical (and hilariously inconsistent) torture devices. He sounds exactly like a radio salesperson - brilliant.

Audible added this unusual book to the 'Plus' list of Free offerings with my membership, and I am glad I tried it: it's a distracting listen. I would not have otherwise purchased this audiobook and cannot recommend it, but if it's free..
It's different and not horrible. 3.5 out of 10 stars.

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A Confusing Genre

interesting concept, after the first few chapters I assumed the author was going for comedy horror, but the middle section is straight up creepy/scary with no jokes. However, it was hard to commit to it as a horror book with the lighthearted reading at the opening if each chapter.
I'm going to give this author another try, because I like thier imagination. This one might have been easier to read than listen too.

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weirdly good

odd concept but very, very cool story. ghosts, retail all wrapped up in a good tale.

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  • John Hestand
  • 2016-03-18

Welcome to ORSK!

This book was fantastic. I was never bored, always engaged. The scary scenes were real good. The story was fun. The characters were great, basil was my favorite. I highly recommend this book to anyone that's looking for a fun horror novel. Just sit back relax and enjoy the ride.

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  • Dave
  • 2016-03-08

For Those of Us Who've Spent Too Much Time in IKEA

Does anyone else out there have an aversion to IKEA? Like, someone suggests we pop over there real quick, maybe bribes you with coffee and cinnamon rolls, and then BAM. The whole Saturday has mysteriously disappeared? Wait, what just happened to me this past weekend?

Horrorstör is one part Office Space, and one part haunted house story. Thankfully, the haunted house in Horrorstör is essentially an IKEA.

I’m thoroughly enjoying Grady Hendrix’s Great Stephen King reread over at Tor.com (please note the presence tense, and my faith it’ll one day continue), and thought his White Street Society short stories exquisite dark humor, so when I heard he had a novel set in a Haunted IKEA (or, more accurately: ORSK, an IKEA competitor), I knew I had to check it out.

I’ve been to IKEA way more times than I’d like, and while I don’t have the Chuck Palahniuk/Fight Club aversion to it that some do, it does feel a bit like a gauntlet at times — winding around those labyrinthine aisles. Hendrix does a solid job of bringing us in from the street level with Amy, a young woman just barely getting by, and coming to the horrific realization that she really has no plan on where her life is going. But there’s been a lot of weirdness happening at ORSK, and when Amy’s offered a late night shift by her boss Basil along with three other employees, she really can’t turn it down. Things go downhill fast from there, in something of a creepy yet kind of hysterical way. There’s a nasty little seance scene that felt like something straight out of a Sam Raimi film, and I couldn’t stop laughing while listening to it.

But about two-thirds through the book, the story less somewhat less funny and more straight-up horror, and my interest waned a bit, and the ending seemed a bit sudden. Still, Hendrix does a good job with next-door characters that seem like they could’ve walked out of a Stephen King novel. Amy is easy for just about anyone who has been hard up for cash to relate to, but Basil — the African American store manager whose name evokes Basil Rathbone and who is evangelical about all the corporate propaganda — is particularly strong. Hendrix knows his horror tropes, and does a good job subverting them.

Tai Sammons does the heavy lifting narration-wise in Horrorstör. She’s got a solid, no frills everywoman narration that nails the protagonist pretty well, and gets by okay with the rest of the cast. Bronson Pinchot is essentially reading the chapter headers, and you can tell he’s having a blast. Together, they’re a winning combination.

I could be convinced to head back to Horrorstör one day, mostly for the first half and the solid narration. It left me a little cold in places, but generally I imagine I’ll have a lot more fun whenever I go back to IKEA thanks to Hendrix’s book.

Also, the coffee and cinnamon rolls.

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  • Brian P. Judy
  • 2015-04-24

Great Story, Even Better Read

Unique story with some insightful moments. It's playful, funny, and scary! It's read wonderfully, and put together well for an audiobook experience.

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  • damien cost
  • 2020-09-20

Very entertaining

I would not have given this book a chance if it wasn't included in the membership. It is a very tight and concise story. Good character development and does not deviant from the story.

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  • MrOcculture
  • 2017-05-08

Great concept, weak delivery.

Bad narration, when it wasn't robotic, it was boring. Read commas like periods.

Unlikable, and unintelligent protagonist. Generally dull characters.

The end makes no sense in terms of character decision, though that isn't surprising. Could've been great, but wasn't.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2020-11-27

Horrorstor scared the crap out of me

I thought I was immune to horror by now but Horrorstor is so visceral, so upsetting, that I gasped aloud, hand over mouth, several times. Listening to it was quite an experience.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2020-12-08

I’ll never look at IKEA the same

I had no expectations for this book, but was pleasantly surprised. The story was enjoyable with the perfect balance of macabre.

I listened to this a few months ago, and promptly forgot about it. Then, a few days ago, I was at an ikea, and I was so uncomfortable. Apparently, the visions in this book stay with you.

I hurried out of ikea without buying anything, so this book ended up saving me a lot of money.

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  • Chana Goanna
  • 2021-04-05

Part horror, part satire, 100% enjoyable

This starts out as an entertaining poke at IKEA (some of the product names are obscurely hilarious). Amy, broke and frustrated by her dead-end job and her corporate groupie boss, agrees to work a midnight shift to try and figure out who’s wrecking the inventory every night. Things turn dark and genuinely scary after a seance held by their airhead co-workers who are trying to get “the ghost” on film. There’s a surprisingly deep statement about the corporate American workplace and the alienation of workers who feel trapped in it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, way more than I expected to. The narrator is just okay, but doesn’t detract from the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-12-19

Fantastic

Very well written and narrated. Definitely worth another read, it was worth a risk for a free book. But definitely worth a shot in my opinion, has a King sorta feel. Thd only thing i would say is it has a slight teenager demographic.

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  • Katie Pursinger
  • 2016-10-03

Not as scary as it thinks it is.

I really, really wanted to like this book. A great premise which floundered in its execution. It tries it's best, but it never gets beyond the initial elevator pitch of a haunted IKEA. It has some neat ideas that I wish we'd explored more. This book would be great if it were double the length and it gave itself time to dig into the characters, the setting, the store and the haunted stuff. This feels too rushed.

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