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Horrorstor : A Novel by Grady Hendrix

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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! Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Bracken glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofabeds-clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-til-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 21st century economy. A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting (and full of contemporary fears), Horrorstor comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalogue, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 188 x 223 x 17mm | 496g
  • Philadelphia, United States
  • English
  • 1594745269
  • 9781594745263
  • 18,551

Review Text

"Horrorstör 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

"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
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Review quote

"Horrorst r 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

"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
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About Sam Stall

Grady Hendrix is a writer, 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 Magazine and Variety.
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17,480 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
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4 41% (7,152)
3 32% (5,620)
2 9% (1,499)
1 2% (351)
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