Grady Hendrix’s debut novel, 2014’s Horrorstör, is a horror comedy about an IKEA facsimile which has seen some unusual activity as of late. Upon getting ready to open for the day, shelves are broken, water is spilled all over, and vandals are suspected to have upended ORSK. As such, a handful of the staff are approved to stay in the story overnight, in hopes of confirming what is causing the thousands of dollars of damage. Is it ghosts? Is it burglars? Is it a homeless person staying there without anyone knowing? Time will tell.
The book itself is formatted like an IKEA catalog, with the displayed fake-Swedish-named products becoming more zany and macabre as the story progresses. It is a ride from start to finish, and now New Republic Pictures, the firm which produced films such as 1917, Black Swan, and Rocketman, have obtained the rights to the book. Hendrix will adapt his own novel for a feature film, changing pace from the once-announced television series.
This is one of a handful of Hendrix’s works that are in the process of being adapted. Amazon snagged the rights to The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires months before the book’s release this April, while Endeavor Content has the rights for My Best Friend’s Exorcism, a love letter to 1980s teen horror which will see Chris Landon (Happy Death Day series, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) producing. That said, Horrorstör will be the first of Hendrix’s work that he will be adapting himself.
If you have yet to read Horrorstör, or any of Hendrix’s works, now is a great time to dig into the prose of the comedic horror Hendrix has brought not just to books, but also films such as Satanic Panic and Mohawk, which were co-written by Ted Geoghegan.