Published by Penguin on July 1st 1998
Genres: Fiction, General, Horror, Thrillers
In a small Arizona town, a man counts his blessings: a loving wife, two teenage daughters, and a job that allows him to work at home. Then "The Store" announces plans to open a local outlet, which will surely finish off the small downtown shops. His concerns grow when "The Store's" builders ignore all the town's zoning laws during its construction. Then dead animals are found on "The Store's" grounds. Inside, customers are hounded by obnoxious sales people, and strange products appear on the shelves. Before long the town's remaining small shop owners disappear, and "The Store" spreads its influence to the city council and the police force, taking over the town! It's up to one man to confront "The Store's" mysterious owner and to save his community, his family, and his life!
I came upon the author when I read one of Little’s short stories in the collection 999: 29 Tales of Horror and Suspense. I liked the story so much that I sought out a novel.
The Store is fun. I highly recommend it for anyone who dislikes Wal-Mart or other major corporations/big box stores, especially discount retail outlets. It’s extraordinarily satirical and spooky at the same time.
It’s also dated (published in ’98 I believe). I don’t suppose that’s really the author’s fault, though.
Fun read. Do it.