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The Store

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  5,004 Ratings  ·  233 Reviews
In a small Arizona town, a man counts his blessings: a loving wife, two teenage daughters, and a job that allows him to work at home. Then "The Store" announces plans to open a local outlet, which will surely finish off the small downtown shops. His concerns grow when "The Store's" builders ignore all the town's zoning laws during its construction. Then dead animals are fo ...more
Paperback, 431 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Signet (first published 1996)
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Christina I don't know if it's about Walmart but it's definitely worth reading!

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mark monday
Dec 11, 2010 mark monday rated it liked it
Shelves: horrortime
Bentley Little established himself as the premier expert of institutional deconstruction with The Store. This is a smart and fast-paced novel, and its attack on consumer culture is so obvious yet so smoothly encapsulated within the traditional horror genre, that the genuinely sharp critique - the entire reason for this novel's existence - may pass almost unnoticed by the frequent and possibly jaded horror reader.

If the western is the most conservative of genres, then horror is surely the most re
Oct 08, 2014 Bill rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror, dnf
No, no, no.

I have been meaning to read Bentley Little for well over twenty years, but his aguably best, The Store, has been so hard to find.

Recently it has been released for Kindle, so I was pretty quick to grab it.

23% in I had to stop.

As I've said in other reviews, I don't care how depraved things can get. In fact, the more depraved, the better! What I can't stand, though, are writers who defy human nature in their characters.

Even though this happens 23% in, I'll still protect this as a spoile
Nov 02, 2010 Lisa rated it did not like it
Uggghhh! This book had so many, many chances to become an excellent book!! A lot of the scenes it set up, it didn't follow through with! I feel like it was the generic version of Needful Things in a way. This was not a page turner for me because it kept me wanting more. I kept turning pages expecting/hoping for more and it fell very flat.
Dec 26, 2012 Kasia rated it really liked it
Bentley has real charm and wit when it comes to picking random, ordinary objects and professions and twisting them to the point where the reader will walk away with a certain healthy degree of some new fear for something as mundane as a store, a house or even their own mailman...that said The Store was a lot of fun, it's a fast read that tackles an interesting subject, a seemingly innocent store ( part of a chain) that takes over the town, literally! The craziness that ensures as inhabitants st ...more
Adam Light
Jan 16, 2013 Adam Light rated it really liked it
Very entertaining and engrossing story about a chain of retail department stores, generically named The Store. When one of them opens in a small town, everything goes to hell as it gains more and more control over the town.
A friend asked me if reading this right after Little's superb The Association due to the similar theme, and I can't say it did. However, I will say that The Association was the better of the two.
Still, this book was high entertainment with a wicked black humor and plenty of s
Sep 07, 2015 Alondra rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Horror/Suspense fans
Shelves: books-i-own
4 Stars

Now, that was fun.

Wal-mart on steroids; taking over a town near you.

I loved each and every character; some despicable and some just naive...and some, have a much darker side.

There is some hope, but very little. In the end our characters fight the good fight; but is it enough??

Come on in; they have everything you want or could ever need. (Think Needful Things on acid).

M.P. Johnson
Jul 05, 2014 M.P. Johnson rated it it was amazing
Shop At Death-Mart

This book escalates brilliantly. At first, The Store is just like any other chain retail store. Scummy, yes, but evil? The evil comes out slowly, logically and a way that is totally terrifying. I was doubly shocked. There was the initial shock coming from the book. Then there was the secondary shock when I realized I was actually being shocked by a book about an evil chain store. A lot of that comes from the fact that I'm personally guilty of some of the rationalizations used b
Brian Rosenberger
Feb 25, 2012 Brian Rosenberger rated it it was amazing
The Store is one of my favorite Bentley Little novels. A chain store much like Walmart opens in small town America, intent on putting the Mom and Pop stores out of business, one way or another.

Systematically, The Store sinks its corporate claws into the town, from maintaining the police force, corrupting the city council, and imposing a curfew. Woe to those caught trespassing after dark.

Miss a payment on a microwave, The Store will repossess your newborn. What’s the deal with all the dead anima
Nov 19, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it
I've already shared my opinion on Bentley Little as an author - he's an evil genius of bad dreams, and takes the "ewww-factor" to a new level with his writing. I'm not seeking out his books anymore (my stomach's not as strong as it used to be before I had my kids) but I did enjoy "The Store."

Imagine if Wal-mart was evil. Not evil like they are now... but really, actually evil. When a new branch of The Store opens up, birds drop dead from the sky in the parking lot. Customers find wares for sale
Jun 22, 2012 LKM rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was just so all over the place, that I just don't know what to rate it. 2? 2,5? 3? I think I'll settle with a 2, just because it had such a disappointing ending (but I was ready to rate it a 3 or 4 at the start).

Which takes me to...

The start - actually about the first half of the book was quite alright. It was slow paced which might alienate some, but I found I enjoyed the writing style, and it had several creepy scenes that built up suspense and made me wonder what was going on with/
Janie Johnson
Jan 07, 2012 Janie Johnson rated it it was amazing
This was a GREAT read. I was glued to this book folks! Now take any little town, like mine, population under 500, now bring in a HUGE chain store called nothing other than "The Store". This store takes out all the competing stores in this little town. You lose your daughters to this new store, your best friend, and you know you need to stop it, but how? This is what Bill Davis, his wife Ginny, and a select few were faced with. How do you fight pure evil when everyone is against you? This is a de ...more
Feb 04, 2014 Natasa rated it really liked it
The story had continuous creepy moments which I found good, it rolled the story especially since everything was developing very slowly. Even the end was nothing bombastic. But I really like the book because of the portrait of our society today and it made me think again about real values in life, because sometimes we forget them, we get so obsessed with material stuff.
Christopher Fulbright
I've had this sitting on my shelf for years. In my rediscovered love for Bentley Little's work after a several-year hiatus, I finally took it down and checked it out.

As with the other books of Little's that I've read and enjoyed, the characterization was excellent, and I was drawn easily into the small town in the story. I rooted for the main characters and totally bought into the idea this book is pushing -- at least the message I got out of it -- that Americans are selling their souls to corpo
Lectora Venezolana
Es una novela del género de terror, con un misterio que ronda alrededor de la cadena de supermercados "El Almacén". Con una escritura sencilla el autor mantiene en vilo al lector para descubrir el misterio que se oculta detrás de los muros de "El Almacén", una lucha del bien contra el mal resumiría la historia lo que fue del principio hasta casi llegando al final un poco predecible algunas acciones y lo único que me mantenía seguir leyendo fue el oscuro misterio que ronda en la cadena de superme ...more
Mar 13, 2011 Debra rated it really liked it
Stephen King recommended author and book. King says: "BEST OUTRIGHT HORROR NOVELIST. Bentley Little, in a walk. Don't know Bentley Little? You're not alone. He's probably the genre's best-kept secret, but at least 10 of his novels are available in paperback; you can pick up three for the price of that flashy new hardcover you've got your eye on. The best thing about Little is that he can go from zero to surreal in 6.0 seconds. My favorites are The Store (think Wal-Mart run by SAYYY-tan) and Disp ...more
Adam Wilson
Dec 09, 2009 Adam Wilson rated it it was amazing
Where to begin. Well, I think that this is Little's best work, out of the books I've read so far. This one will stay in my mind for years. The story of an evil corporation that slowly takes over a small community is flawless. The novel builds like a tsunami on the ocean in many ways. I felt absolutely swept away as I read. Its terrifying on, to use King's words "many levels of the Tower," relatable to people like me who live in a small town, unstoppable, and beautifully disgusting. It won't stop ...more
Aug 25, 2012 Janice rated it really liked it
Recommended to Janice by: Debra
It's been a while since a book has creeped me out like this one did. I guarantee that you will never look at Walmart and other chain stores in the same way... ever again.

Jan 20, 2015 José rated it really liked it
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"The Store wants you
Ask not what The Store can do for you
but what can you do for The Store"

The Store is a creepy horror novel about a mysterious supermarket chain that is installed in the small town of Juniper, Arizona. It seems to have any product the customer may need: from groceries to more obscure things like voodoo dolls, illegal firecrackers and extremely violent video games. Bill Davis, the protagonist, feels that something is wrong and will wit
Jul 31, 2007 Jack rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who like horror with a twist
Shelves: jackrecommends
Bentley Little has created a novel chronicling how discount chains like Wal-Mart move into small towns, change their local economies and drive many small "mom-and-pop" stores out of business. Little stretches his plausible premise like a rubber band, to improbable extremes. He stretches it slowly, gradually so even the stretching seems plausible. And accompaning the stretch looms a sinister supernatural undercurrent to this discount chain called the The Store.

Somehow he retains our interest thro
Apr 14, 2009 tom rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Basically, what if Walmart was evil.

Oops. Let me rephrase that. What if...Walmart was run by a demon.

The Store comes to bumblefuck, AZ and puts all the local businesses out of business by offering more goods at lower prices (just like Walmart!). It destroys the town by lowering everyone's income and then offering them cheap goods as the only things they can afford (just like Walmart!). Then it kills people who revolt and steals their souls (well, one can argue that Walmart DOES suck your soul dr
Apr 06, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
Bentley Little comes up with some scary, socially relevant plotlines, however, he cheapens the tale with scenes of sexual humiliation that frankly aren't realistic. I put this book down for several days after a scene where an 18 year old girl goes to a job interview and is forced to take off her clothes & have a lie detector attached to her breasts and then to pee in a cup in front of the male manager. People are a little too sophisticated for such a thing to occur in our times. Later, the s ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Audra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The setup of this book is brilliantly simple: what happens when a store that carries everything at the lowest prices moves into a small town and starts destroying the local competition? The narrative escalates at a great pace and the characters stay interesting, occasionally switching between first person perspectives in classic Bentley Little style.

My main problem was that it quickly becomes a one-trick pony. From the beginning, The Store is taking over the town and the lives of the residents.
Dec 31, 2010 Dan rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
After what seemed an eternity, I made it half way through this book, and couldn't muster up the will to read any further. The story seems promising: An evil Walmart-like store moves into small towns and slowly consumes them. The problem is that the story as the author tells it has no heart at all. Basically, the main character attends a town hall meeting, gets ticked off as the store erodes yet another piece of the town, then nothing happens for another forty pages until the guy attends another ...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
Oct 06, 2011 Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I read this book and at the time I couldn't make a review. Didn't know why but I couldn't. This book is the trademark of Bentley Little. The personification of an entity - in this case a chainstore called The Store.

From day one that this building was built something changed in that city. Other business is going down as the Store expand more and more.

We follow a family of characters that are connected with the store directly or inderectly. And probably the best part of the novel is the change tha
Dec 10, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Scary. Very scary. This is the story of how a national corporation invades a small town, killing off local business and turning the locals into mindless zombies who live to serve The Store. Though it is written in the extreme, reality is represented at times. Read this book, and learn from it. This was Sam Walton in the 1980s and 1990s...
Mar 17, 2014 Kaarin rated it did not like it
I wish this book were a drinking game and every time they said "The Store" you drank. Of course, then we would all die of alcohol poisoning - which would be better then having to finish the book.
Everywhere on the Internet you get Bentley Little recommend (right after Koontz and McCammon) when you out yourself as a Stephen King fan. Well, at least that's what happened to men when I looked for reading recs along the line of King. I can see where those recommendations are coming from after I finally got around to picking up "The Store". The King is in no danger of being dethroned though.
I liked this, it took me a really long time to get into it, the first 100 pages don't come easy and they
Nov 16, 2015 Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, e-book, 2015
Five books in, and I have to concede that Little tells a pretty good tale. The Mailman is the standout, and The Ignored is the one that I should have ... well, ignored, but his stories still build up in a regulated fashion. I like the way his books keep building suspense from the beginning to, if not the end, at least to about the 85% point in the book. I can't deny that he seems to have difficulties closing the deal, but the build-up to that point is palpable. It's pretty amazing.

This time, Lit
Absolom J. Hagg
Oct 19, 2014 Absolom J. Hagg rated it liked it
Synopsis: A giant discount retail store (called The Store) moves into a small town and takes over.

Unsettling more for its depiction of corporate fascism and groupthink than its supernatural aspects (which are downplayed and undercooked). The author has a tendency to drop in information that should be a major character motivator or seems to be a major plot point and then never come back to it again. For example, an early viewpoint character is killed offscreen and not only do the other characters
Jul 09, 2014 Greg rated it liked it
Fun parable about chain stores/box stores and both the social and economic effects they have on small communities. A store called The Store moves into a small town, causing ominous things to start happening.

One interesting element was that while there is a protagonist, the book feels like it has an ensemble cast; it switches focus from character to character with little transition, with the binding thread either being thematic or just dramatic momentum. On the one hand it feels a bit jarring, b
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Bentley Little is an American author of numerous horror novels. He was discovered by Dean Koontz.

Little was born one month after his mother attended the world premiere of Psycho. He published his first novel, The Revelation, with St. Martin's Press in 1990. After reading it, Stephen King became a vocal fan of Little's work, and Little won the Bram Stoker Award for "Best First Novel" in 1990. He mo
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