Author: Grady Hendrix; illustrated by Michael Rogalski
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Description: 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.
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. (via Goodreads)
Thoughts: I had heard quite a bit about this book during the final months of 2014 and really wanted to read it.
I think my expectations got the best of me with this book and while the book started out strongly, it seemed to run out of energy and I felt that the book limped its way towards the end. It probably was a little too weird for my liking, but I did like the fact that there were interesting illustrations that reminded me of those that one can find in an Ikea catalogue.
Bottom line: If you enjoy odd, unique stories, you probably will enjoy this book. Recommended, with some reservations.