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‘Horrorstör’: Grady Hendrix to adapt own novel into movie screenplay

The terror of hard-to-assemble furniture will be coming to a theater near you.

Earlier this week, Anthony D’Alessondro of Dealine.com reported that Grady Hendrix’s horror/comedy novel Horrorstör will be adapted into a movie by New Republic Pictures (the same folks behind 1917).

Hendrix later confirmed the news on Twitter while adding that he’ll be writing the screenplay, as well.

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For those of you who read “horror/comedy” and think Scary Movie or similar awfulness, let me put those concerns to rest. I’ve been a big fan of Hendrix since I picked up his 2016 novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism (which is also being turned into a movie) after the Goodreads recommendation algorithm wouldn’t stop pestering me to read it. What initially seemed like the type of book I wouldn’t be interested in turned out to be one of my all-time favorite horror novels.

Hendrix’s work is both legitimately terrifying and genuinely funny — and Horrorstör is one of of his best. The novel primarily focus on a group of three employees at an IKEA ORSK furniture superstore that appears to be haunted (or at least is the victim of property damage that never gets recorded on the security cameras). When they volunteer for an overnight shift at the store to investigate, things get all types of weird/horrifying.

There’s no expected premiere date yet for Horrorstör, meaning you still have plenty of time to read the novel it’s based on. Not only is it a great book, but it also comes with some frustratingly vague assembly diagrams/descriptions for various pieces of furniture and torture devices.

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Horrorstör (Quirk Books)

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