Thursday, December 31, 2015

Review: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Title: Horrorstör

Author: Grady Hendrix

Page Count: 243 (softcover)

Publishing: Quirk Books

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Synopsis: "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." -Goodreads

This was the first adult horror story that I've ever read and oh boy was I impressed. This book was so creepy and made me feel uncomfortable as I read through each page. I just could not get enough of it. I flew through the first 3/4, but then I got my teeth cut out and my mind was kind of all over the place for the last of it. This wasn't the author's fault, but it was just me as a reader being really particular. I really enjoyed where the story went and how the characters reacted to the situations they were placed in. I just wanted so much more from the story. 

I feel like the author left this really open ended, and even though I love the possibilities that could happen in my own mind I wanted more. I needed to know what the author was thinking and how he would end the story. 

The way it was presented was crafted in such a unique way. The illustrations were one of my favorite parts of this story because you really needed to pay attention to them. They allowed you to look into each chapter with an idea of what was going to happen next. The illustrations not only helped, but they were so interesting and creepy.

1 comment :

  1. I haven't read a good horror novel in quite some time, so I'll have to pick this up.