Monday, October 9, 2017

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

A friend loaned Horrorstor to me. I'm glad he did. I love dark humor and Horrorstor is full of it. If you are looking for something spooky and funny, pick up Horrorstor.

The story follows 5 Orsk workers. Orsk is an Ikea knockoff. If you've ever been to an Ikea or worked in retail, you'll relate to a lot of the story. For Amy, Orsk is a job. She puts in her time and collects her pay check. Basil, her supervisor, lives and breathes Orsk. He wants Amy to treat this like more than a job. He doesn't feel like she's living to potential and wants to help her get there. But there are some odd things going on at Orsk. Furniture is stained (more than usual), weird smells everywhere, and strange graffiti in the bathrooms. Tiffany and Mike think it's ghosts and want to try to get photographic proof of them. Ruth Anne just want to make everyone happy and get through the day.

I've never worked retail but I recognized myself and my coworkers in these characters. Hendrix makes the story hilarious as well as creepy. The horror starts out mild but works it's way up to grotesque. If you are squeamish, this one might be too much for you.

Orsk sets up their stores to disorient customers.  Just like a casino, if you can't find your way out, you spend more money.  I think it will be a while before I can go to Ikea without thinking of this story. As a bonus, there are fantastic descriptions of the items Orsk sells. Horrorstor reminded me of Christopher Moore's Dirty Jobs. Others who shared their thoughts about Horrorstor: Ginger Nuts of Horror, That's Normal, and The Blogger's Bookshop.

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