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Off the Shelf: Horrorstör

HorrorstörHorrorstör by Grady Hendrix

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A quickie horror book that explores the supernatural otherworld lurking beneath a bland corporate façade. Moodwise, think the closing scenes of Army of Darkness mashed with the 90s remake of The House on Haunted Hill. Hendrix’s concept is bolstered by the excellent parody of an Ikea-like catalog with detail diagrams of the “furnishings” looking meme-ready for the Internet. The story itself, however, is uneven. The story’s strengths lie in creating good atmosphere and tension for his characters to bounce off of. In fact, the first half of the book might lull readers into thinking they know where the story is going. Also, some of the tortures that emerge are very unsettling.

But despite these strengths, the story in the second half hits the same beats we are all familiar with from horror movies. Once the characters get into the thick of the action, they fall into clichéd roles, with readers not discovering much more about them that one would care what happens to them outside of what the plot demands. This wasn’t really my kind of book, but it did keep my attention for a few hours, so there is something compelling about the writing. Might make a good gift for All Hallows’ Read!

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