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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  17,177 ratings  ·  3,393 reviews
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-til
Paperback, 248 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Quirk
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denise I agree with the previous posters. I wouldn't put it in the YA category simply due to the context. It's about being an adult in an adult world and…moreI agree with the previous posters. I wouldn't put it in the YA category simply due to the context. It's about being an adult in an adult world and working for a living, plus the "horror" part off Horrorstor is pretty blunt. This doesn't mean that young adults shouldn't read it, I don't think it's too disturbing or too sexual, it just doesn't fit into that genre.(less)
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Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it

this book is a hoot. it gets five stars for concept and design, and a solid 3.75 for execution. i didn't realize when i started this book that the author was guy who wrote yeti vs. bear in Tall Tales with Short Cocks Vol. 4, which was one of the funnier stories in that collection, and has one of the best opening scenes in the broader collection of "stories ever written."

this book is set up like an IKEA catalog, and walks that line between humor and horror without ever putting a ring on either o
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, horror, mystery, fantasy


You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!

First of all,as always,I want to talk about the cover,the design of the physical book in general.I must say this is the most unique book I have ever seen.The pictures inside,the front and the back cover,the maps and the furniture,they are all perfectly made and they raised the book's awesomeness.So greatly done:)


Horrorstör is a dark horror creepy novel with suspense and hell of scary moments.I warn you,if you are

Emma Giordano
Horrostör is one of those books that’s just “fine.” It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t spectacular. It was just fine.

CW: death, ghosts, floods (idk other spooky stuff)

I love the concept of this book. It is so unique – I’ve never read a book like it and believe I’m unlikely to stumble upon another. I feel it’s pretty much what you would expect from a novel pitched as a horror parody of IKEA. I’m a hoe for that Swedish furniture store and the story fed my home décor-loving heart.

I listened to the audiobook
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I worked in retail for ten years, every job from the good (B. Dalton Bookseller), to the bad (Pearle Vision Center), to the really, really ugly (Sear's Outlet - where someone tried to return a used vibrator). The one thing all these jobs had in common? After the customers have gone home and the store is closed and the lights are turned's rather creepy.

One of my favorite retail stories (and I may have told this one before - I'M OLD, so I'M ENTITLED!) is the night when Sue and I were clos
Mohammed Arabey
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Horrorstör ; A Plot like an average-rated, Cliché Horror Movie about Haunted Places..

Creatively mixed into more Realistic issue that face millions around the world;
Working in Retail.
And uniquely presented in a Novel shaped like the same Retail Catalog..
So..Welcome to Orsk

A cheap clone of one of its branches by a highway road, will start a series of a Paranormal Events..

With 5 very different characters, their only common thing is working retail, But their personalities variety.. The 'Not
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Horror Fans
Well, this book was just amazing.

Orsk, an Ikea rip-off store, is hell. Retail hell - something Hendrix seems to be very familiar with.

Here are the opening paragraphs:

It was dawn, and the zombies were stumbling through the parking lot, streaming toward the massive beige box at the far end. Later they'd be resurrected by megadoses of Starbucks, but for now they were the barely living dead. Their causes of death differed: hangovers, nightmares, strung out from epic online gaming sessions, circadian
mark monday
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to mark by: Carmen
Shelves: horror-modern
haunted house tale set in an Ikea-ish hellmouth. perfectly accomplished satiric horror, plus actual horror. and redemption! design of book is highly impressive. book is reminiscent of Bentley Little's various horror novels set in various institutions; Hendrix's story is ultimately more heartfelt and his writing glossier, more accomplished while Little remains superior in the depth of his anger at various institutions and his willingness to dive into Kafka-esque surrealism. overall a minor work b ...more
Heidi The Hippie Reader
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Amy has a cash-flow problem and a desire to transfer to a different Ikea-like furniture store. If she can just stay on the boss' good side for a few more days, she'll be out of here.

So she was on her best behavior while her transfer request made its way through the system. She arrived on time each day. She smiled at customers and didn't blink at last-minute schedule changes. ... She fought her natural tendency to talk back. And, most important, she steered clear of Basil, determined to stay off
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Posted at Shelf Inflicted

“You don’t want to go out on the floor? Tough titty, said the kitty. I don’t want to go on the floor, either, but having a job is all about doing things you don’t want to do. That’s why they pay you money for it. Life doesn’t care what you want, other people don’t care what you want. All that matters is what you do.”

I really enjoyed Paperbacks From Hell, so was eager to read another book by Grady Hendrix. This one appealed to me, because I have a weakness for haunted
Aug 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Absolutely an abysmal reading experience. Incohesive, immature, unfinished.

I'm not sure about why he actually did write it but it felt like he came out of IKEA one day and was like Whoaaaaaa dude it's so totally like a prison in there. And then wrote a nanowrimo about it. Barely 250 pages with large font (though thank god it's not any longer, I couldn't bear to suffer through any more of it), it's a shallow whirlwind through random imagery that doesn't even fit together. Shallow characters. Shal
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let me gush about this book to you for like three or five minutes. Give me five, tops! First of all, let me just explain how much fun this book is. Starting with the cover, have you ever seen a more eye catching, hilarious cover?
(Your answer is no)
My husband and I have been to IKEA several times, like every time we move. Most notably the last time was when we outfitted our camping trailer. It was a weekend. We wound our way through the entire Showroom and it was, quite literally, a Horrorstor!
Sarah Churchill
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm rounding this up to 5 stars, because anything it lost in predictability it more than made up for in presentation. I'm talking about the overall catalogue look, the product ads that slowly turn sinister... everything down to the ad at the very end, after the epilogue that leaves you hanging without spelling it all out for you.

I was creeped out. Majorly creeped out. I won't be visiting Ikea around closing time, EVER.
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
There were a few things that drew me to this book. A haunted house that's really an Ikea-like store is an interestingly unique idea. The idea alone appeals to me. I also liked the idea that it would take visual cues from Ikea catalogs (each chapter is headed with an item description). I did my time in retail. And it's set in Cuyahoga County, near where I grew up.

Hendrix uses his retail setting very well. If you've worked retail, you'll recognize the store, the displays, the corporate doublespea
Sam Quixote
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Here’s the plot summary: haunted Ikea-like store. That’s it.

I love the haunted house subgenre of horror, I’m a big fan of Douglas Coupland (the overall design aesthetic of the book reminded me of novels like Microserfs and jPod), so I really thought Grady Hendrix’s Horrorstor was going to be a good read. My expectation was that it was going to be satirical/funny with a little bit of drama to balance things out. Wrong! It’s all written completely straight - Hendrix is actually trying to be scary
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
4.5 stars, rounded up for sheer originality in layout/concept!

I won an advance copy of this book through the Goodreads "First-Reads" giveaway.

Horrorstor has an incredibly unique layout that immediately drew my attention. It is meant to look like a furniture store catalog, complete with diagrams of the available furniture, and write-ups about the functions, colors available, and positive ways each item could be utilized in your home. What impressed me the most with the use of this concept, is how
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Horrorstör scratched a really great itch. When it comes to the Horror genre, I’m an unabashed fan of ghost stories and books about hauntings. Thing is, because so many of them follow the same formula and use the same familiar tropes, it’s really hard find something that truly stands out. I was therefore quite excited about this novel, which is a memorable and real quirky take on your classic haunted house story.

Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Miriam by: karen
The retail-horror aspect was a lot more interesting than the horror-horror, which was pretty generic.
Kala Glass
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Odds of Crying: 0
Odds of Having Nightmares: 1/4
Will I binge read this book?: Yes, it's a fast read
Is this a series?: Nope.
Is this an IKEA catalog: No, but it sure does look like one
This book is for you if you like: to be scared, really cool book design, original ideas/concepts

Spoiler Free Summary!

Grady Hendrix - where have you been all my life?!?!

Hendrix is clearly a genius. This story is set in Orsk, which is basically the American version of IKEA. It starts out very clev
Evans Light
The design of the book, the illustrations and the concept were all top-notch. The story told in the midst of this well-coordinated design? Fair-to-middling.
It started off rather well with some solid character building that introduced the store's quirky corporate philosophy and the employee's interpersonal dynamics, but once Pandora's box was opened, so to speak, the story never really recovered.
Taking its cues from Poltergeist, everything from pretty much the 100 page point on is running and hid
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, humor
I don't have a "parody" shelf...but I'm not sure this would actually be called "parody".

The book is, "okay" I liked some of it and i can recommend it if you know what you're getting. The biggest problem with the book is it can't seem to figure out what it is. In many ways it's neither "fish nor fowl".

We have the annoying and snarky main character. She's so snarky and rebellious at times it doesn't really make sense. (view spoiler)
Chihoe Ho
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
It's a pity this fell victim to your typical run-of-the-mill horror clichés - hundreds of hands reaching out of iron grates, rats swarming around, creepy crawlies of nightmares that come to haunt, fingernails pulled out in torture. "Horrorstör" started off with a quirky introduction and took almost half the book laying some groundwork before things turned nasty for the characters (exciting for me). I was genuinely rattled at that point and was hoping it would keep up, but then it just descended ...more
This is a book for anyone who revels in a well-designed book. It is a spot-on parody of Ikea Style: the naming conventions, the item descriptions, the focus on lifestyle. I particularly enjoyed the contrast between the front and rear covers. Seriously, the book earns five stars on art direction and layout alone.

But that's not all. You also get a scathing satire on big box stores, corporate business culture, and consumerism nicely balanced by a kind and nuanced view of the employees who keep the
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this very quickly because it was fun to read, a bit scary, and a great idea for a book. The text is peppered with box store slogans, product presentations, and mission statements. One character is a true believer in the corporate ethos; everyone else is a wage slave. One night, they face a haunted, hypnotic IKEA-like store together. I'm not much of a shopper, so I never considered the way showroom stores trap and wear customers down in a maze. I also discovered a bizarre prison design: th ...more
Jessica Woodbury
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, kindle, horror
Horror fiction is HARD. And sometimes it ends up being the book version of what really should be a movie. This is a prime example. Good characters, good plot, but about halfway through it's hard to really READ it because it would be much easier to WATCH it. It's hard to write intense action sequences well. I would totally see this movie, though. And if someone doesn't option it, they're crazy.
Wart Hill
I love shelving, I find the weirdest things.

Review to come
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fun stuff! 4 .5 stars for the story, 5 for the total package . . . brilliant!
samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
A good haunting story, if a little short and The book kind of just ends without a conclusion.
We never stop.
We never sleep.
And now we're in your home.

3.5 (Goodreads, the day you'll allow half stars will be the day I won't care anymore!)

This book has been a wild ride! I remember it being huge on booktube last year or two years ago and, although being interested in its weird format and unusual setting, I thought it to be a parody or a satire of Ikea-like stores and such so I never truly bothered to pick it up. Lately though I saw somebody on youtube picking it up and addressing it as one o
"A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting." Basically this is a horror story set in an Ikea (only here the Ikea is called Orsk) and it's just as hilarious and creepy as you might imagine. First of all, the book is so well designed! You've probably already noticed that the cover kind of looks like an Ikea catalogue, but there's also a floor plan and other little details about Orsk included in the book. Each chapter begins with typical Ikea-style descriptions of a pie ...more
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Grady Hendrix is the author of the novels Horrorstör, about a haunted IKEA, and My Best Friend's Exorcism, which is like Beaches meets The Exorcist, only it's set in the Eighties.

He's also the jerk behind the Stoker award-winning Paperbacks from Hell, a history of the 70's and 80
“Let's make sure it's really raining before we worry about floods.” 19 likes
“The problem was the liars. They said she could do anything she set her mind to, they told her she should shoot for the moon because if she missed she’d be among the stars, they made movies tricking her into thinking she could achieve heroic things. All lies. Because she was born to answer phones in call centers, to carry bags to customers’ cars, to punch a clock, to measure her life in smoke breaks. To think otherwise was insane.” 12 likes
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