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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  4,230 ratings  ·  194 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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mark monday
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
Sep 08, 2015 Bill rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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.
Adam Light
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
Kasia S.
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
Brian Rosenberger
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
Oct 24, 2015 Alondra rated it 4 of 5 stars
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).

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
M.P. Johnson
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
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.
Janie Johnson
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
Aug 26, 2012 Janice rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.

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/
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
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
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
Apr 24, 2015 Robert rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...
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.
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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
Matt Glaviano
Another recommendation; another book read in Arizona. I called this book cute a lot while I was on vacation, and it is; it’s similar to Needful Things, and effectively uses the concept of a giant corporate discount retail store for its business. Little is an OK writer. The eerie and horrific scenes in his book are great; they are often surprising, and they are certainly the strong point of his work. Plot, characters, and flow all, however, remain desirous. The whole books reads like a cliché bec ...more
Jan 14, 2011 Dan rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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
Aug 15, 2007 Jack rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Oct 01, 2010 tom rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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
Floja, sin apenas tensión "terror", más bien se solventa con un final rápido y sobra todo lo que nos ha estado contando en demasiadas páginas.
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.
‘The Store’ is about this mysterious chain store which begins its operation in Juniper and gradually takes over the entire place. It is up to the main character Bill to bring them down before it’s too late.

The Store itself is truly a character of its own. Little writes in such a way that it has strong presence despite being a lifeless entity (somewhat). The descriptions of the store’s towering height and windowless black exterior create a forbidding and intimidating image of it. The store comes
Absolom J. Hagg
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
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. One the one hand it feels a bit jarring,
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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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