[438]: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Quirk Books | Paperback, 240 pages
Publication Date: September 23rd, 2014
Adult Fiction | Horror
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Down in the unseen subbasement of Orsk Furniture Store, lies the remains of a 19th century prison. Destroyed after it was found to be the site of  its inmates’ unimaginable horrors, no one could’ve foreseen what happens when the lights go out, and all the doors are shut inside its new tenant. To say that it’s transformed is an understatement. Possessed, is more like it. The on-going joke that the store’s layout is purposely designed to lead its customers astray takes on a different meaning. In the light of day, there is at least hope that you will be able to find your way out. But at night, it is a different story. You’ll find yourself starring in a remake of The Blair Witch Project.

The hair-raising terrors do not stop there.

The walls and ceilings take on a different appearance; as if they’ve gone through years of neglect. Fake doors that used to lead to another wall open up to dark and dank hallways that reek of the dead and the decay.

The Warden, along with the ghosts of the Cuyahoga Panopticon will stop at nothing until they can save the souls of those that are lost by means of despicable, grisly torture.

I’m always on the lookout for unusual books. Last week, Horrorstör jumped out at me when I noticed the eerie framed pictures on its cover. Ingeniously packaged like an IKEA catalogue, the insides feature the kind of Swedish furniture sold at the same store where the setting is loosely based on. But as you go deeper into the story, the diagram changes into the kind of torture device each character would be put through.

Grady Hendrix must’ve spent a lot of time prowling every nook and cranny of IKEA. Because if you’ve been there, the experience of reading this book would be infinitely better. You would be able to imagine exactly where the characters were at any given point of the story. I am a regular visitor of IKEA, so I’m familiar with the layout of the land. After reading this book, I will not be able to set foot there again without feeling the kind of heebie geebies reserved only when a dèjávu comes on.

Among other things, this is a less than transparent commentary on American consumerism that well, everyone can relate. We are easily swayed by gentle persuasion. We hoard things we don’t need simply because we are attracted by what we think is an affordable (ok, cheap) price. And in the end, we are all slaves to a machinery powered by a mad man [insert evil laugh here].

  • This book sounds amazing, and the title is so eye-catching. I love the whole concept of the book and it’s hard to believe that there’s a horror story hidden behind that beautiful cover. I don’t think I can look at Ikea in the same way again afterwards. Adding this to the TBR pile nevertheless! 😀

  • Wow this book sounds awesome, but I’m afraid if I read it I will be too scared to go to IKEA again (which actually might not be a bad thing :D). What an interesting and unique read – thanks for introducing me to it!

  • The terror and creep factor sound so well done

  • At first I thougt it was a magazine like for IKEA, but I realized my mistake while reading your review and I confess that it makes me curious. I haven’t read a horror book for a while.

    • Hahahah! That’s exactly my first thought when I saw it at the bookstore. 🙂

  • I get the heebie jeebies just by entering IKEA, Joy! It’s sooo big and overwhelming to me. I only go if I absolutely have to. I do love horror and mysteries so I’ll keep this one in mind, it does seem very different from the usual. Great review! 🙂

    • Thanks, Rachel. I really like that it’s packaged exactly like an IKEA catalogue. And you know me, I’m a lover of all things unusual. 🙂

  • Ooh this seems like a perfect October read to get me in the Halloween/spooky spirit. I hadn’t heard of it before.

    • Perfect Halloween read, for sure. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Okay, this is just downright hilarious! IKEA can be scary all on its own, so this is just too much fun! 🙂

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • It starts out as funny, I thought. And then it got seriously scary. 🙂

  • Christy

    lol – what the heck? Okay, I need to check this out. And I’ve never been inside of IKEA.

    • IKEA is like my candy store (aside from my bookstore). It’s a really cool book. 🙂

  • I love that this was a good creepy read.

    • It definitely was that, Ally. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • lol, I love this review of yours Joy. <3 this book sounds different, and I love that you read and enjoyed it 🙂 Thank you for sharing about it sweetie 😀 You are awesome. <3

    • Thanks, C. I know it’s not a Carina book, but to own a copy would be great for a collector such as you. <3

  • So this is like a satire? Gosh I haven’t been to an Ikea in a long time! I miss their meatballs and loganberry tea!

    • It certainly looks like it is to begin with and then it snowballed from there…and in the most terrifying way. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • hahaha, great review, J.! :))) I haven’t been to IKEA but I used to count stock in similar stores at night and I know how creepy it can be 🙂

    • Thanks, K. It definitely has its moments but mostly, it’s a creepy read. 🙂

  • Baaahaha! This is hilarious. (And honestly, a little creepy.) I can tell they must have put a lot of thought into this. Oh… And I LOVE Ikea! 😉

    • Me too. And well, if you’re a regular shopper, you’ll like reading this one. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  • I have yet to try any horror book! ( I’ve read just one a few years back but it was only a mild horror story: A Hundred Candles) This one looks good so I think I’ll go into this genre with this one 🙂 Thanks for the review! Looking forward to more by you 🙂
    Book Maniac Reviews

    • I’m not much of a horror reader either, but I indulge from time to time. I’ll have to check out A Hundred Candles. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

      • Don’t bother checking out A Hundred Candles! It was a waste of time 😀 and it was so long ago tat I’ve forgotten the author name too! 😛

  • I love the design of the book, because I was fooled into thinking that it was a furniture catalog. And I was like “Why is Joy reviewing a furniture catalog?”, and then I realized it was a book hahaha.

    I’m glad you liked it though! The premise sounds very interesting! 😀

    • hahahhaha! though I could spend hours perusing an IKEA catalogue, I’ve never thought to write a review for it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  • “I’m always on the lookout for unusual books. ” Me too. Me too!! And I’m so getting this book. Probably not until November though (my list for books I want to buy/read next month is already a bit too long)…but… but…. this would make a great Halloween read so I might have to try to sneak it into my basket 😀
    And haha, I always thought Ikea was a bit scary, it’s so easy to get lost there… 😉

    • It’s why I spend hours and hours prowling my bookstore. 🙂 If I find another one, you’ll be the first to know. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  • I love the design of this book, very cool. Sounds like a great read!

    • Yes. It was exactly what drew me in to begin with. It was scary enough but my collection of horror books isn’t all that great so perhaps it won’t be as scary to some. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.