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Horrorstor

by Sam Stall

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PUBLISHED: 15th October 2011
ISBN: 9781594745263
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It's a classic old-fashioned haunted house story - set in a big box Swedish furniture superstore. Designed like a retail catalogue, Horrorstor offers a creepy read with mass appeal-perfect for Halloween tables!
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  • Paperback
    $22.75
PUBLISHED: 15th October 2011
ISBN: 9781594745263
ANNOTATION:
It's a classic old-fashioned haunted house story - set in a big box Swedish furniture superstore. Designed like a retail catalogue, Horrorstor offers a creepy read with mass appeal-perfect for Halloween tables!

Annotation

It's a classic old-fashioned haunted house story - set in a big box Swedish furniture superstore. Designed like a retail catalogue, Horrorstor offers a creepy read with mass appeal-perfect for Halloween tables!

Publisher Description

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds-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 they 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), Horrorst r comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalog, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories. We promise you've never seen anything quite like it!

Author Biography

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.

Review

"Horrorstoer delivers a crisp terror-tale...[and] Hendrix strikes a nice balance between comedy and horror."--TheWashington Post

"Disarming."--The Wall Street Journal

"Hendrix conjures up some wonderfully gruesome imagery."--Nerdist "An inventive, hilarious haunted house tale."--Bustle

"Hendrix's one-of-a-kind novel is an innovative hybrid of ghost story and satire, at once clever, gruesome, and hilarious."--Amazon Book Review

"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

"If you see me in the wild and I'm reading a book that was written by Grady Hendrix, interrupt me at your own peril."--Sarah Gailey, Hugo-Award winning author of Magic for Liars

"Hendrix is an engaging writer."--Santa Fe New Mexican

"A clever little horror story...[and] a treat for fans of The Evil Deador Zombieland, complete with affordable solutions for better living."--Kirkus Reviews

"A fun horror novel."--Library Journal

"A very clever ghost story."--Booklist

"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."--Publishers Weekly

Praise for My Best Friend's Exorcism "National treasure Grady Hendrix follows his classic account of a haunted IKEA-like furniture showroom, Horrorstor (2014), with a nostalgia-soaked ghost story, My Best Friend's Exorcism."--The Wall Street Journal

"Take The Exorcist, add some hair spray and wine coolers, and enroll it in high school in 1988--that'll give you My Best Friend's Exorcism...Campy. Heartfelt. Horrifying."--Minnesota Public Radio

"Clever, heartfelt, and get-under-your-skin unnerving."--Fangoria

"A touching story of high school friendship and, well, demonic possession."--Bloody Disgusting

"Terrific...Sharply written...[My Best Friend's Exorcism] makes a convincing case for [Hendrix's] powers as a sharp observer of human behavior, filtered through a fun genre conceit that doesn't skimp on the spooky--or the bodily fluids."--The A.V. Club

Praise for Paperbacks from Hell "Pure, demented delight."--The New York Times Book Review

"Paperbacks from Hell is as funny as it is engaging."--The Washington Post

"The book is a true appreciation of the genre."--Los Angeles Times

"Paperbacks from Hell is as wild as its source material."--The A.V. Club

"Just thumbing through these pages will bring back your youth-- and terrify you all over again."--Newsday

Praise for We Sold Our Souls: An NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour Pick An io9 2018 Fall Preview Pick

"Kickass, horrifying, and smart as hell. It certainly earns my two horns up."--Dread Central

"Wild and fun, genuinely terrifying in places, and also somehow heartfelt."--Tor.com

"A fast-paced ride, firmly rooted in the pulp horror tradition...Hendrix's darkest novel yet will leave readers begging for an encore."--Booklist, starred review

"Hendrix's pulpy love letter to heavy metal music is a gloriously over-the-top scare fest that has hidden depths. Readers will root for Kris all the way to the explosive, poignant finale."--Publishers Weekly

"Horror and humor play off each other in a delicate dance."--Nightmare Magazine

Prizes

Commended for IndieFab awards (Horror) 2014

Excerpt from Book

It was dawn, and the zombies were stumbling through the parking lot, streaming toward the massive beige box at the far end. Later they''d be resurrected by megadoses of Starbucks, but for now they were the barely living dead. Their causes of death differed: hangovers, nightmares, strung out from epic online gaming sessions, circadian rhythms broken by late-night TV, children who couldn''t stop crying, neighbors partying till 4 a.m., broken hearts, unpaid bills, roads not taken, sick dogs, deployed daughters, ailing parents, midnight ice cream binges. But every morning, five days a week (seven during the holidays), they dragged themselves here, to the one thing in their lives that never changed, the one thing they could count on come rain, or shine, or dead pets, or divorce: work. Orsk was the all-American furniture superstore in Scandinavian drag, offering well-designed lifestyles at below-Ikea prices, and its forward-thinking slogan promised "a better life for the everyone." Especially for Orsk shareholders, who trekked to company headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, every year to hear how their chain of Ikea knockoff stores was earning big returns. Orsk promised customers "the everything they needed" in the every phase of their lives, from Balsak cradles to Gutevol rocking chairs. The only thing it didn''t offer was coffins. Yet. Orsk was an enormous heart pumping 318 partners--228 full-time, 90 part-time--through its ventricles in a ceaseless circular flow. Every morning, floor partners poured in to swipe their IDs, power up their computers, and help customers size the perfect Kn

Product Details

Publisher
Quirk Books
ISBN-10
1594745269
ISBN-13
9781594745263
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United States
Media
Book
Illustrations
illustrations
Short Title
HORRORSTOR
Language
English
Subtitle
A Novel by Grady Hendrix
Author
Sam Stall
Year
2014
Audience
General/Trade
UK Release Date
2014-09-23
Pages
240
Publication Date
2014-09-23
AU Release Date
2014-09-23
NZ Release Date
2014-09-23
US Release Date
2014-09-23