Author: Grady Hendrix
Illustrator: Michael Rogalski
Genre: Horror, Humor
Length: 248 pages
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
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.
This book! This book lulled me into a sense of safety. Of parody. It started off with some humour and some levity. I was expecting it to be a parody of horror. To make fun of the genre and the tropes. I was happily enjoying that lightness of the first half of the novel. I was enjoying it. It was a good laugh until the carpet was ripped out from under me and I was left staring up at the horrors that came to be. It gave me whipslash so intense that my mind was lost and confused and hungry to know more. I was like those employees, locked inside Orsk wanting to understand, see the truth, and completely scared and horrified with the outcome!
This book was the first horror book I have read in a long time that actually scared me. I think a huge part of that was the fact that I was not expecting what came. The characters were real and complicated and funny. They were different and felt like a group of people you would randomly find in a retail job. It was just amazing. It was so amazing that I want to read more from Grady Hendrix going forward. If this is his style of horror I think it is a style that I will love.