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Horrorstör

by Grady Hendrix

About the Book

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Columbus, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjërring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds—clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift—and they encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new twenty-first century economy.

A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting (and full of current fears), Horrorstör comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalog, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories.

About the Author

Grady Hendrix writes fiction, also called “lies,” and he writes nonfiction, which people sometimes accidentally pay him for. He is the author of Horrorstör, the only novel about a haunted Scandinavian furniture store you’ll ever need. NPR selected it as one of the best books of 2014 and it has been translated into 14 languages and is being turned into a television show.

Along with his BFF from high school, Katie Crouch, he is the co-author of the YA series, The Magnolia League. He co-authored Dirt Candy: A Cookbook, the first graphic novel cookbook in America, with his wife, Amanda Cohen, and Ryan Dunlavey. He has written for Playboy Magazine, Slate, The Village Voice, the New York Post, Film Comment, and Variety.

His next book is a nonfiction chronicle of the boom in horror paperback publishing in the Seventies and Eighties. It’s called Paperbacks from Hell and will hit shelves in September 2017.

Related Events

Scandinavian Cooking with the Ginger Chef

Monday, July 24, 2017, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 7:00 pm
Central Reformed Church – 10 College Ave NE
Parking available in the church lot: enter the church on the east side of the building.

Join Chef Jen, the Ginger Chef, for a cooking class featuring Scandinavian cuisine. Learn professional cooking techniques to change up your weekly fare. Step-by-step instructions along with recipes will teach you how to prepare classic Scandinavian food. Enjoy a small plate tasting and learn culinary trained techniques in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Fright Night at Stonesthrow

Thursday, August 3, 2017, 8:00 pm
Stonesthrow Living – 1428 Plainfield NE

Ready for thrills and suspense at one of Grand Rapids’ amazing local furniture stores? Join us at Stonesthrow Living for an after-hours screening of the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. As twilight approaches and the lights go dark in the showroom, nestle among the beautiful furniture and enjoy this classic black and white horror film. Movie snacks, cold beverages, and zombie sightings provided completely free of charge. For adults 18 and older. Enter through the back door, off the parking lot, if you dare…

Herman Miller’s History in West Michigan

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 7:00 pm
Main Library – 111 Library Street NE

By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller was synonymous with “modern” furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design. Since then, Herman Miller has collaborated with some of the most talented designers in the world, including Alexander Girard, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Propst, Bill Stumpf, and many others. Today, in addition to classic pieces and new designs for the home, Herman Miller is a recognized innovator in contemporary interior furnishings, solutions for healthcare environments, and related technologies and services. Herman Miller archivist Amy Auscherman will share the rich design history of this West Michigan innovator.

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