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Horrorstor: A Novel [Format Kindle]

Grady Hendrix

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Revue de presse

“...Hendrix is an engaging writer...”—Santa Fe New Mexican

Horrorstör delivers a crisp terror-tale...[and] Hendrix strikes a nice balance between comedy and horror.”—Washington Post

“...the book’s packaging as a catalog—complete with illustrations of increasingly sinister-looking furniture with faux Scandinavian names—gives it a charmingly oddball allure.”—Publishers Weekly

“...Hendrix conjures up some wonderfully gruesome imagery...”—Nerdist
 
“If you’ve ever been frustrated trying to put together furniture from IKEA, you’ll get a laugh out of Hendrix’s spoof mystery.”—New York Post
 
“...disarming...”—Wall Street Journal
 
...wildly fun and outrageously inventive...”—Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review

“A fun horror novel....Enjoyable....There is a fair amount of workplace humor, but the book...will deliver enough scares for horror fans as well.”—Library Journal
 
“A very clever ghost story....the story is entertaining and the book itself is laid out like an Orsk catalog”—Booklist
 
“...a clever little horror story...the book starts as a Palahniuk-tinged satire about the things we own...turning the psychological manipulations and scripted experiences that are inherent to the retail experience into a sinister fight for survival. A treat for fans of The Evil Dead or Zombieland, complete with affordable solutions for better living.”—Kirkus Reviews

Présentation de l'éditeur

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-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.
 
A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör comes packaged in the form of a glossy mail order catalog, complete with product illustrations, a home delivery order form, and a map of Orsk’s labyrinthine showroom. It’s “a treat for fans of The Evil Dead or Zombieland, complete with affordable solutions for better living.”—Kirkus Reviews.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 22728 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 240 pages
  • Editeur : Quirk Books (23 septembre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00JCRXBSU
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Horrorstor 25 juillet 2014
Par Brendan Moody - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Beneath the quirky trappings of Grady Hendrix's new novel lies a conventional but well-told horror/suspense story. Protagonist Amy works at the recently-opened local branch of Orsk, a trendy furniture store whose similarities to Ikea are entirely parodic. Despite Orsk's upbeat "happy employee, happy customer" rhetoric, something is seriously wrong: mysterious vandalism is occurring every night while the store is empty, and the higher-ups aren't happy. Amy's supervisor asks her to join a small group staying overnight to investigate the problem, and she agrees, little realizing what a nightmare she's set herself up for.

HORRORSTOR is formatted like an Orsk catalog, with an unusual trim size, illustrations, and product descriptions at the head of every chapter. The descriptions are very amusing, tilting the rhetoric (and the naming conventions) of Ikea-type stores just far enough to highlight their ridiculousness. The main text of the novel, which is in traditional third person limited prose, is likewise smart about making fun of retail absurdities without unnecessary exaggeration. The humor and a decent sense of pace keep the novel compelling until the horror starts.

When it does, readers hoping for something innovative may be disappointed: the setting is a bit out of the ordinary, but what happens and why is familiar enough from many recent novels and movies. (A seance goes horribly wrong, it turns out the store was built on a site with an ominous history, etc.) That doesn't make it bad, of course, and readers who like their horror built around tense, often viscerally unpleasant action sequences will enjoy Amy's desperate efforts to escape. I'm not the biggest fan of that particular brand of horror, but I was impressed enough with Hendrix's take on it to finish the book in a single sitting.

In addition to the scares and the humor, HORRORSTOR's 240-odd pages also feature a little character development, as Amy's troubles lead her to reconsider her attitude toward her job and her life. I don't think this quite works: it smacks a little too much of cheap importance-of-willpower moralizing, which works in a certain kind of horror movie but clashes with the novel's acknowledgment of the frequently miserable nature of low-paying retail employment. In any case, it isn't an intrusive enough element to be worth complaining much about. HORRORSTOR is a funny, creepy spin on classic horror tropes, well worth a read if you like quirky but sincere genre fiction.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Deliciously creepy 16 novembre 2014
Par Irene - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This is a horror story with a cover that looks like an Ikea catalog. I don't know about you but that caught my attention right away. I'm not usually a fan of horror because I'm a scaredy cat, but sometimes it's nice to read outside my usual genres. As such I don't know if this story is original or if it's full of tropes, I only know that I enjoyed it a lot.

The story is set in the Orsk store which (even the characters admit) is an Ikea knockoff. Someone has been vandalizing the store, so some employees decide to spend the night patrolling the show to catch the culprits in the act. This is obviously a Very Bad Idea because the vandals are not human.

I'll leave it at that, because part of the fun for me was not knowing just what exactly was wrong with the store -- was it ghosts? monsters? a curse? -- and I liked the shift from normal slice-of-life account of a day in the life of an Orsk employee to the really creepy stuff going on at night. It helped that I read this book as I was travelling to visit Isa: if you're alone on a train before dawn you can really appreciate the creepiness of usually crowded spaces when they're empty and silent.

As for the characters, the story is told from the POV of Amy and I really like her. She avoids most of the usual pitfalls, such as suggesting to split up, and I was really rooting for her. I also rather liked Basil, and the Big Bad is suitably creepy. Some of the characters left me indifferent though, and there was at least one death when I thought, oh well, one less character to keep track of.

There is death, and creepy things, and bloody gory bits that I really hope I won't dream about at night. Like I said, I'm squeamish. And then the chapter headers that look like pages from an Ikea catalog make a really jarring counterpoint. For me, it works really well.

Again, horror is not my genre so I couldn't predict the ending at all. I really liked it though, it solves the plot but leaves a couple of things open-ended so I can wonder what'll happen next. (Not in a baiting-for-sequel wait though, just... I can imagine those characters living on after the end of the book. And I always like it when an author does that.)

I haven't been converted to horror and I doubt I'll read other similar books in the future, but I think HORRORSTOR is an experiment that works and I'd happily recommend it to anyone, though if you're like me you might feel tempted to keep the lights on at night afterwards.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 I Really Enjoyed The Second Half 1 septembre 2014
Par C. Irish - Publié sur Amazon.com
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HORRORSTOR is such a unique book. It's put together very nicely, like a catalog from a very popular furniture store. Grady Hendrix creates an inside view of a such store complete with unique furnishings and accessories, employees who are either devoted or confused, and some very dastardly happenings at the Orsk store.

This is an original story on a couple of different levels. The story takes place inside a store with all the furnishings, fake rooms and maze like layouts that we are all familiar with. There is a menace inside the store leaving unexplainable messes in the mornings that the puzzled crew has to deal with.It's up to a store manager to get to the bottom of things by selecting a few people, and having them spend the night to be witness to whatever is wrecking havoc in the store.

The start of the book deals with the personalities involved and the lay-out of the store and the crazy things that are being left in the morning for the employees to sort out. The store is located in the middle of nowhere in Ohio.

Basil, a very devoted Orsk employee, has a huge challenge. The big boss team is coming and he has to make sure that nothing out of the ordinary happens so he picks Amy and Ruth Anne to spend the night with him to make hourly rounds through the store to catch the culprit who's been making messes in the night. They've got their work cut out for them when a series of bizarre happenings occur in the huge store of fake rooms and furniture. Someone or something seems to be slithering under the Muskk or hiding in the Liripips.

The story, is original, but does rely on certain ideals that you will be familiar with, but is entertaining nonetheless. At times, I found myself thinking the plot and story were pretty silly, but towards the later half of the book, and especially toward the end, I found myself getting into the story and I was actually sorry to see it end because I started to enjoy it a lot.

All in all, this is a ghostly story in a unique setting. The writing is pretty good and HORRORSTOR is entertaining for an evening's read.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Bland horror 2 février 2015
Par Sam Quixote - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
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. And, unfortunately, he does a terrible job!

Twenty-something Amy works at a cheap furniture store called Orsk. She gets roped into doing a dusk-til-dawn shift with her middle-aged co-worker Ruth Anne and highly motivated manager Basil (who’s also younger than she is). They’re on the lookout for whoever’s been wiping the display furniture with poo and scrawling graffiti across the walls after-hours. Also, someone is texting “help” to everyone with a store mobile. But they gotta catch whoever’s doing it soon because corporate’s coming down for an inspection, first thing in the morning!

Our cast of characters are extremely dull. Amy is your average drifting young woman who’s treading water until she makes a move towards something she actually wants to do. As it is, she’s very apathetic towards her work, and that’s fine, but it’s not interesting to read - why should we care about her again? Why is she the main character?

Ruth Anne is a wallflower who shows a little bit more character later on, Basil’s a corporate stooge who isn’t as secure as he seems, and there are some others but they’re not worth mentioning. They’re basically all as flat as the flat-pack furniture their store sells.

The story starts slowly as we get to know our unremarkable cast and set up the main story: characters walking around a dark store. I was ready to fall asleep every time a chapter started and they were still stumbling around in the dark. Is this the “scary” part? What am I supposed to be feeling besides boredom?

We finally get to the supernatural disturbances and they’re a joke. I mean, they’re played totally real but they’re just a glob of horror story cliches. It’s the Indian burial ground-type setup, tedious monologues about never getting out and being punished forever and ever. Even the villain in this is tedious!

There’s more stumbling around in the dark, some characters die, and it’s over. I was very disappointed/sleepy and not at all scared.

Horrorstor could’ve lent itself well to satire/comedy - the Ikea store as a modern day nightmare, designed to entrap consumers with their never-ending layouts until they empty their wallets, etc. - but Hendrix crapped out and went the banal and wholly unoriginal route of characters being chased by spookies in the dark.

I suppose Hendrix did sort of imply something along those lines by turning Orsk into a ghostly version of the nightmarish prison where people went insane and were tortured. And I did like the Coupland-esque graphics, designed to look like an Ikea catalogue. But generally I felt Hendrix didn’t do enough with the concept and incorporated too many cliches with excessive blood and physical harm, grasping hands from walls, characters separating, and a one-dimensional villain.

Horrorstor is a very unmemorable and uninteresting haunted house story that I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. For good haunted house novels, check out The Shining by Stephen King, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, and Hell House by Richard Matheson instead.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 If you're an IKEA addict, you'll love this horror tale... 6 novembre 2014
Par Richard E. Rae - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Weird things are happening at night in the Orsk store in Cuyahoga, Ohio- oh, let's just call it an IKEA store, even though the text in the book implicitly states that Orsk is a "knockoff" of IKEA... Anyway, recently the employees have gone home leaving a pristine store at quitting time, but then come in the next morning to find damaged furniture and ruined Kjerring bookshelves, excrement-smeared Brooka couches, torn draperies, foul odors, and extensive graffiti in the ladies room. And with Corporate due in from the home office on an inspection the next morning, Basil, the manager, has no intention of letting this vandalism continue. Basil volunteers two employees to stay with him and do floor sweeps all night in an attempt to catch whoever's doing the vandalism. But this is more than they are anticipating. They're in for the surprise of their lives... or their deaths.

I admit it- my wife and I are IKEA junkies, and "Horrorstör" is a horror story made for IKEA fans. The novel is designed and laid out like an IKEA catalog, with every chapter headed by a parody-perfect illustration and ad blurb for a fictitious piece of furniture, as well as treats like order forms, evaluations, and more. And even these become progressively... unnatural... as you move towards the end. If you've been in an IKEA store you'll know exactly where the characters are and will find yourself chuckling at the reverential skewering of products, corporate philosophies, decor, and consumerism that pepper this novel.

The plot itself is frankly not spectacular, often derivative (the ground here has been well-trod), and a bit predictable- but the creepiness is tangible and when mayhem occurs, it pulls no punches. Plus, the fact that the action is set within a vast big-box store like IKEA (sorry, Orsk) makes the problem loom much larger than is often the case.

It's a fun tale, a must-read for the IKEA addict, and is worth getting for the book design, layout, and illustrations alone. Very enjoyable and recommended.
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