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horrostor book coverReviewed by Melanie Kline

From the moment Horrorstor found it’s way from the mailbox and packaging and into my hands, I was in love. The concept of the cover and similarities to Ikea and their catalog is amazingly brilliant. Throughout the story there are employee evaluations, coupons to the store, maps, etc. and it was a completely fun book that I just couldn’t put down. The actual story was alright, but the book overall was magnificent.

Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio has something going on at night. Employees arrive in the mornings to open the store and find broken furniture, upended tables and even excrement smeared all over a sofa.

Basil, Orsk’s newly appointed deputy store manager, takes his job, the Orsk mottos and codes of conduct very seriously. An employee named Amy dodges him every chance she gets. She works there for a paycheck and doesn’t buy into the whole “Orsk is a “family” and something that should be loved and respected” mantra.

The events that are occurring in the evening after the store is closed never show up on the security cameras and Basil is determined to find out what is happening with the added stress of knowing the Corporate is arriving in the morning. Basil recruits Amy and two other employees to spend the night in the store with him to attempt to figure out who is sneaking in.

As the night progresses, stranger and stranger things begin happening. They discover a homeless man who says he has been hiding in the bathroom until the store closes at night but he swears he knows nothing about the damage that has been occurring. At first everyone believes him and feels sorry enough for him to not kick him out; they instead enlist his help in figuring the mystery out. That is until he walks through a picture of a door. While Amy knows this is impossible, soon enough they all find themselves walking through this picture into the horrors on the other side.

I would recommend Horrorstor to anyone with an imagination and sense of humor. I cannot express enough how much the cover, maps, coupons, etc. completely make this an extraordinary book and allow you to forgive the story for not measuring up to the cover. It was not a terrible read by far, but it wasn’t quite what I had expected after experiencing the cover of the book.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Quirk Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.