Review: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix


Author: Grady Hendrix
Published: 2014
Genre: Horror
Series: N/A
Rating: A-

You don’t have to wait long for creepy things to start happening in “Horrorstör”. Employees of Orsk, a knock-off IKEA, have been dealing with weird things since the store opened. Staff keep getting lost on the floor, are receiving text messages that say “help” from blocked numbers and the furniture is trashed while the store is closed. Amy, a disenchanted employee, can care less about all this. Her main goal is to fly under manager Basil’s radar until her transfer comes in. When corporate sets a date for a team of evaluators to visit, Basil panics. He’s desperate to figure out who is vandalizing the store before corporate’s arrival. So, he bribes Amy into staying overnight with him to catch the culprit. As the night deepens, Amy begins to realize they’re trapped inside the building with a malevolent entity bent on “reconditioning” them.

Seeing as I’ve definitely gotten lost in the twisting labyrinth of an IKEA store before, I loved the idea of a haunted knock-off version. Orsk’s similar windowless floor layout is what made it such a great setting for a ghost story. It was easily believable that the characters would have such a hard time escaping the store, especially in the dark with things hunting them. Continue reading

Review: My Best Friend’s Exorcism


My Best Friend’s Exorcism
Author: Grady Hendrix
Published: 2016
Genre: Horror
Series: N/A
Rating: B+

Ever since bonding over a disastrous birthday party in the 5th grade, Abby and Gretchen have been inseparable. Now in high school, the ladies are closer than ever. However, an ill-conceived decision at a friend’s lake house leads to Gretchen disappearing into the night. When Abby finds her in the morning, Gretchen is nearly catatonic. As the weeks progress, Gretchen starts acting strange and odd events begin happening whenever she’s around. Abby soon becomes convinced that something horrible happened to her friend that night and that she’s the only one who can help her.

Gretchen’s possible possession plays out pretty slowly here, which I really enjoyed. Going into the book I had been expecting a fast paced and possibly cheesy 80’s themed story to unfold. So, I was surprised to find things built up slow enough that it was believable that most people would be able to turn a blind eye to what was happening with Gretchen.  Continue reading