Horrorstör: A Novel

By Grady Hendrix
Read by Tai Sammons and Bronson Pinchot

6.27 Hours 09/23/2014 unabridged
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Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjërring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes—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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Summary

Summary

A September 2014 LibraryReads Pick

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjërring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes—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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Disarming.” Wall Street Journal
“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
Wildly fun and outrageously inventive.” Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review
“Retail stores that peddle lifestyle philosophies to customers and employees get a comic drubbing in this diverting horror lampoon.” Publishers Weekly
“At a Cleveland-area Orsk home store, uptight store manager Basil convinces employees Amy and Ruth Ann to stay after closing one night to catch the vandal who is defacing company property. They run into two more employees who are also staking out the business after hours, but Matt and Trinity are hoping to find evidence of ghosts haunting the showroom. Both groups find more than they bargained for in this fun horror novel…Will deliver enough scares for horror fans…Enjoyable.” Library Journal
“A very clever ghost story.” Booklist
“Hendrix does a good job of toying with the classic haunted-house story…Tai Sammons narrates evenly, with Bronson Pinchot providing interstitial advertisements for increasingly sinister-sounding Orsk furniture…With no mood-setting music or intense scares, this audiobook is light on suspense and horror but surprisingly fun nonetheless. Fans of B horror movies will enjoy this parody and will be entertained by the strong story development.” Library Journal (audio review)
“Two narrators deliver this story, which revolves around a Swedish furniture store. Tai Sammons gives distinctive voices to the employees of the Orsk store, and Pinchot enthusiastically reads the store’s catalogue…Sammons’ performance has a tough, acidic edge that perfectly reflects Amy’s cynicism and resignation. Pinchot, meanwhile, sounds just like a commercial, with a tenor tone and perfectly convincing upbeat rhythm.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Olaf 11/25/2017
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Imagine an empty IKEA store at night. Creepy, right?

I liked this "mild horror" audio book for its fresh tone and innovative setting in an IKEA like furniture store. Imagine such a store empty of people at night. Creepy, right? This audio book has interesting characters, some chilly moments, some humor, and some (very few) gore moment.

Overall, not to serious, easy listening.
by Ana 9/13/2017
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A fun, easy listen, with some very amusing moments

I am not a great fan of horror stories or scary stuff in general, but I used to listen to them on occasion when I was younger...and I decided to give this one a try because it seemed like it might be equal parts humor and gore. I was also intrigued by the concept, being that I have been in an IKEA or two in my life, sucked into the aesthetic despite myself, infuriated by the maze-like structure, and totally tempted by the inexpensive food options.

In fact, Horrorstor is pretty light on the gore. When I was almost halfway through it, I began to doubt it would ever get scary. Tai Sammons also took time to grow on me. I was immediately impressed by how perfectly her quirky, attitude-filled voice fit the character that Grady Hendrix created. But I wasn't sure I liked her at all. Eventually, her character grew and adapted to the challenges of her environment...and Tai's voice began to soften and gain complexity as well.

Bronson's introductions to each chapter, with their descriptions of furniture that eventually morph into torture devices, are really splendid. They made me laugh unfailingly, and I felt like there was probably a lot of subtlety that I was missing in the jokes as I multi-tasked while listening. That was really the best part of this book for me, actually -- I was able to listen casually, because I tend to get so absorbed that any noise or distraction makes it hard for me to enjoy a story. In this case, I was okay with missing a nuance here or there. Occasionally I backtracked to figure out how the characters ended up lost in the labyrinthine Orsk...but mostly I just enjoyed the flow.

This would definitely make for a classic horror movie, and as an audiobook it succeeds at entertaining and provoking thought about how our culture tends to continually suck us into a mindless consumerism and search for identity in conformity.

Author

Author Bio: Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix is a writer and journalist and one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival. A former film critic for the New York Sun, Grady has written for Slate, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, Playboy, and Variety.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Horror
Runtime: 6.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English