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.
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.
Retail stores that peddle lifestyle philosophies to customers and employees get a comic drubbing in this diverting horror lampoon. When three employees of the Cleveland Orsk a "fake IKEA act" of a furniture superstore pull an overnight shift to find out who has been trashing store stock after hours, they are horrified to discover that the building is haunted by ghosts from a prison that stood there a century before, and that the maniacal warden intends to inflict his "rehabilitative" punishments on the store's staff. Hendrix gleefully skewers Orsk and its real-life ilk by comparing the "scripted disorientation" of the store's layout to that of the penitentiary, and the "numbing grind of repetitive labor" that the prisoners perform to the work of store employees. The plotting is minimal, but 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.
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Sorry but a waste of time
I didn't care for this book at all. I wish I had spent the time I wasted reading quality literature. The only reason I finished it is because I always finish a book after starting it.
I loved this book! I have been looking for a book that Was going to scary the pants off me, and I found it! This book is so creepy and really messed with my mind for real. I know It's going to be so hard to find another book that made me feel as creeped out as this one. Every single time I go into an ikea store I will be thinking of this book. It's embedded in my brain forever. I loved the story I loved the characters. There needs to be a sequel. I need to know what happens in Planet Baby!