Author: Grady Hendrix
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Quirk Books
This post will be my first official book review. I am very excited because it is on the second of only two advanced copies that I have received. I have heard of Horrorstör for many months through bookish websites and on Quirk Books twitter and I was very pleased to have been selected to receive a copy through a GoodReads giveaway.
I was slightly put off by this book at first. I had never before read anything of the horror genre and I was a bit skeptical. I enjoy being scared, but reading to be scared is completely different than watching a screen to be scared, because you construct the faces and the voices for the heroes, the victims, and the enemy.
Although very much like horror movies that I have seen, this book sheds a new light on the genre by identifying it with something we all have in common: trips to IKEA. Horrorstör is set in the IKEA knock-off store, Orsk, there are a few strange incidents including suspicious customers and soiled sofas. When a few employees are volunteered for the night shift and then encounter co-workers on an alleged ghost hunt complete with EVPs, it is discovered that the Orsk store is built on the site of an old prison where the warden tortured his penitents.
The characters were a little bit type cast at first: the college drop-out, the bearded hipster, the overbearing manager, but the characters quickly became more relatable. The relationships became more believable as the plot and the characters developed. I was able to enjoy the story more when I could identify with the cast of characters as real people. It was difficult to part with the characters that inevitably died.
I am forthcoming enough to say that this book legitimately scared me. It had me looking over my shoulder, and I was even worried when my family took a trip IKEA last month. The epilogue (or Epilög) seems to foreshadow a coming sequel, and I hope that that will be the case. Grady Hendrix is definitely in touch with ways to scare readers and he executes it in an unnervingly horrific way.