Original title: Horrorstör
Year Published: 2014
Published by: Quirk Books
Number of Pages: 243
First sentence: “It was dawn, and the zombies were stumbling through the parking lot, streaming toward the massive beige box at the far end.”
Goodreads rating: 5/5
Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland,Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjërring 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.
I love this book. I thought that I was going to have problems reading it since I hate horror films and so on, but its brilliant. The setting of a low-budget version of IKEA is brilliant and there are many names in the book that make fun of the way IKEA name their goods. I can imagine that a closed warehouse during the night would be rather creepy, since a somewhat empty yet open warehouse is creepy during the day.
The book has some “scary” elements and sections but it never gets unbareable, and that’s coming from a proper scaredy-cat. The characters are quite good and diverse, and the main-character do go through some character development which keep her dynamic. The ending is quite open which makes me hope for a second book by this fantastic author.
Do I recommend it?
Yes! It’s a great read and you do not need to like horror to enjoy this book.