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Horrorstör Audiobook

Horrorstör

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Grady Hendrix (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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    Dave Whittier, CA 03-08-16
    Dave Whittier, CA 03-08-16 Member Since 2011

    I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.

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    "For Those of Us Who've Spent Too Much Time in IKEA"

    Does anyone else out there have an aversion to IKEA? Like, someone suggests we pop over there real quick, maybe bribes you with coffee and cinnamon rolls, and then BAM. The whole Saturday has mysteriously disappeared? Wait, what just happened to me this past weekend?

    Horrorstör is one part Office Space, and one part haunted house story. Thankfully, the haunted house in Horrorstör is essentially an IKEA.

    I’m thoroughly enjoying Grady Hendrix’s Great Stephen King reread over at Tor.com (please note the presence tense, and my faith it’ll one day continue), and thought his White Street Society short stories exquisite dark humor, so when I heard he had a novel set in a Haunted IKEA (or, more accurately: ORSK, an IKEA competitor), I knew I had to check it out.

    I’ve been to IKEA way more times than I’d like, and while I don’t have the Chuck Palahniuk/Fight Club aversion to it that some do, it does feel a bit like a gauntlet at times — winding around those labyrinthine aisles. Hendrix does a solid job of bringing us in from the street level with Amy, a young woman just barely getting by, and coming to the horrific realization that she really has no plan on where her life is going. But there’s been a lot of weirdness happening at ORSK, and when Amy’s offered a late night shift by her boss Basil along with three other employees, she really can’t turn it down. Things go downhill fast from there, in something of a creepy yet kind of hysterical way. There’s a nasty little seance scene that felt like something straight out of a Sam Raimi film, and I couldn’t stop laughing while listening to it.

    But about two-thirds through the book, the story less somewhat less funny and more straight-up horror, and my interest waned a bit, and the ending seemed a bit sudden. Still, Hendrix does a good job with next-door characters that seem like they could’ve walked out of a Stephen King novel. Amy is easy for just about anyone who has been hard up for cash to relate to, but Basil — the African American store manager whose name evokes Basil Rathbone and who is evangelical about all the corporate propaganda — is particularly strong. Hendrix knows his horror tropes, and does a good job subverting them.

    Tai Sammons does the heavy lifting narration-wise in Horrorstör. She’s got a solid, no frills everywoman narration that nails the protagonist pretty well, and gets by okay with the rest of the cast. Bronson Pinchot is essentially reading the chapter headers, and you can tell he’s having a blast. Together, they’re a winning combination.

    I could be convinced to head back to Horrorstör one day, mostly for the first half and the solid narration. It left me a little cold in places, but generally I imagine I’ll have a lot more fun whenever I go back to IKEA thanks to Hendrix’s book.

    Also, the coffee and cinnamon rolls.

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    Brian P. Judy 04-24-15
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    "Great Story, Even Better Read"

    Unique story with some insightful moments. It's playful, funny, and scary! It's read wonderfully, and put together well for an audiobook experience.

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    John Hestand 03-18-16
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    "Welcome to ORSK!"

    This book was fantastic. I was never bored, always engaged. The scary scenes were real good. The story was fun. The characters were great, basil was my favorite. I highly recommend this book to anyone that's looking for a fun horror novel. Just sit back relax and enjoy the ride.

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    Katie Pursinger 10-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as scary as it thinks it is."

    I really, really wanted to like this book. A great premise which floundered in its execution. It tries it's best, but it never gets beyond the initial elevator pitch of a haunted IKEA. It has some neat ideas that I wish we'd explored more. This book would be great if it were double the length and it gave itself time to dig into the characters, the setting, the store and the haunted stuff. This feels too rushed.

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    CC 03-15-16
    CC 03-15-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Campy Horror Story"

    Despite the fact that this book ended up being completely ridiculous - just like so many of its horror movie counterparts - I still liked it. The creative use of the Orsk advertisements throughout the book and the use of the Orsk Handbook to guide Basil in his by-the-book approach to management - even when faced with evil apparitions attempting to kill him and his staff - added humor to the story and made it clear that the author wasn't taking this horror story too seriously. So, yes it was ridiculous, but possibly it was meant to be.

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    Maureen O'Hara 08-29-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome!!!"

    So very cool, different and scary! I was thoroughly engaged from the start to the finish! The narration was excellent! Highly recommended!

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    David Soriero 08-24-17
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    "was a good spook"

    It was very interesting. the climax kinda petered out and got a bit less dire but I still liked it overall.

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    Amazon Customer 07-24-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Great twist on the haunted house...."

    If you are looking for a fun, scary listening experience, this is for you. It isn't perfect but if you've been in an IKEA, this will feel real. I like my horror wrapped in the mundane a la Stephen King. If you find stories of the everyday gone terribly wrong, check this one out...

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    S. Winchester Pittsburgh 07-20-17
    S. Winchester Pittsburgh 07-20-17 Member Since 2014

    Wife, Mother, Photographer. Obsessed with Great White Sharks, urban legends, Sweet Valley High and horror movies.

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    "Pretty solid read. Almost two different books."

    The first part of the book, before the horror is funny and a little charming. Almost chic lit. Then the second half when the horror starts is straight horror. It feels a little disjointed. I feel it could have been a 5 star book if they would have kept the humor the whole way through. IMO, the story would have been better served if the horror aspect was more Final Destination where the characters were picked off grossly but humourously.

    I know a lot of people didn't like the ending, but I did. Ending a horror story (or movie) is hard.

    Overall, it was a unique concept, and something that hadn't been done a hundred times before. The characters were likeable and true to life. So it's worth readind.

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    MrOcculture Fairfax, VA, United States 05-08-17
    MrOcculture Fairfax, VA, United States 05-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great concept, weak delivery."

    Bad narration, when it wasn't robotic, it was boring. Read commas like periods.

    Unlikable, and unintelligent protagonist. Generally dull characters.

    The end makes no sense in terms of character decision, though that isn't surprising. Could've been great, but wasn't.

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    "Well worth it"

    I got expecting a ok story set in retail and was left pleasantly surprised. Loved the setting and the main character though the story itself was sort of a mix of Hellraiser and Silent hill. But what really popped for me was the little item descriptions for things in the store that punctuate each chapter. The other reader and the fact that as the story grew darker these description mirrored them was a refreshing change from the norm. If you like horror fiction I would suggest this is a good book to add to your collection.

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