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.
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Fun satire in the vain of "John Dies at the End"
It's hard to tell. The "catalog" descriptions may work a bit better in print, but they were lot's of fun in the audio version as well.
The characters were all surprisingly three-dimensional and likable.
Pinchot did a fine job as usual. Sammons initially came off as a little too flat and monotone, however either her narration improved as the story progressed, or I grew to like her more. In retrospect, considering the slacker-type character who serves as the heroine of the story, Sammons' narration is actually spot-on (but it can be a bit tiresome at points).
There were some very moving moments, but it is impossible to describe them without introducing spoilers. Let's just say that while the overall tone is light and fun (in a bloody, horror movie kind of way), there are some moments of true depth and insight.
I'm surprised by the book's poor ratings here. I really liked it. Those who enjoy horror-comedy, and / or satire of corporate culture / millennial society will likely enjoy this story.
- C. Bland "Movie Junky"
For Those of Us Who've Spent Too Much Time in IKEA
- Dave "I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out."