A Horror Story Set In An Ikea-esque Furniture Store

The FOX Network has officially ordered a pilot episode for a potential serialized book-to-film adaptation of Grady Hendrix’s 2014 novel Horrorstör.  The book, which is packaged to resemble a mail-order catalog, has been described as “a very clever ghost story” which “starts as a Palahniuk-tinged satire about the things we own” by Booklist and Kirkus Reviews respectively.

Amazon provides the following summary:

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-til-dawn shift.  In the dead of night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

The TV adaptation of the book is being written by Michael Vukadinovich, with Gail Berman (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl), and Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) acting as executive producers, along with David Borgenicht– the CEO and owner of the novel’s publisher, Quirk Books.  Author Grady Hendrix will serve as a consultant to the project.

So far, the team has released a series synopsis:

Horrorstör centers on 26-year-old Amy. Newly sober, she lands a job at ORSK, the U.S. Flagship of the European furniture superstore. It feels like just the opportunity she’s needed to get her life back on track, but as Amy comes to discover, the store actually preys upon its customers’ desires to a supernatural degree, selling products that make their wishes and fantasies come true in unexpected and insidious ways.

Other information about the pilot, like a cast list or a premiere date, is not yet available.  In the meantime, here is the book trailer for Horrorstör:



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