Friday, October 10, 2014

Horrostor by Grady Hendrix

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.

I picked up Horrostor because my husband bought it on a whim. It is written in the style of an Ikea catalog. It is about five employees at Orsk, a box furniture store, who wind up spending the night in the store not realizing it is haunted by mad inmates and a sadist warden from the prison that used to reside on the property that has been all but forgotten.

This book is an easy read, and I thought it would be a silly little book fun for near the Halloween holidays. I was wrong; this is a great haunted horror story! There is depravity, death, ghosts, torture and peril throughout this book, as well as some dry humor, great character building and decent story telling. The creep factor was high and I couldn’t put it down.

The chapters have pictures of furniture that steadily get more and more disturbing. Earlier chapters start out with items like the WANWEIRD a do it yourself kitchen counter that a stove and sink can be attached to. Later chapters are darker including items like INGALUTT which is essentially a chair that allows you to experience drowning.

Now it wasn’t the best book ever, the pace is fast because it’s not a long book, but for what it is, a story inside a catalog, it is successful.

This was a good book that I enjoyed reading and highly recommend, especially if you want an easy to read weird ghost story.

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