Horrorstör, Grady Hendrix

Horrorstör, Grady Hendrix
Author: Grady Hendrix
Publisher: Quick
Pages: 248
Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1594745269
ISBN-13: 9781594745263
Publisher: various formats

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.

The story is actually a pretty solid horror story, something I was not really expecting. The multiple "you know that is a stupid move if you watch horror film" moments made me laugh but eventually added to giving me the creeps at moments. I read this book during a 24 hour read-a-thon in the middle of the night and I can say for sure that is not the best time for this one.
The employee volunteers are very different people but there is something relatable in every one of them. Amy is working because she has to. She is not feeling the job and is surprised that people can actually love working at Orsk or feel pride in being there like Ruth-Ann and Basil the other two people staying overnight. Basil is the manager and feels obliged to stay as he is asking it from his employees but he is also filled with the general manager talk. Ruth-Ann actually loves her job and takes a pride in selling stuff. The other surprise characters they meet that night have totally different intentions being in the showroom of Orsk but their motives are adding to the scare and fun of this story.
A visit to Ikea will never be the same again. In my case it means I am looking for the brilliant furniture described in this Orsk catalogue. The design of this book is enough of an excuse to buy a copy.

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