Book Box Review and Unboxing: The Nocturnal Reader’s Box September: Monster Mayhem

So by now you don’t need me to sing the praises of this fantastic box, so let’s just dive right in to all the goodies (and allow me to show off my absolutely sickening collection of books about monsters)

So let’s jump right in to the meat of the box, the books!

I received a signed copy of The Wicked (yay!). Here’s the Goodreads description:

AN ANCIENT EVIL RISES…BURNS…KILLS…

After a fire consumes the Heller Home for Children, the residents of Morganville, North Carolina thought they knew evil…

They were wrong.

Unaware of the turmoil in their new hometown, the Littles–David, Kate, and seven-year-old Becca–are moving from New York City to Morganville in hopes of repairing their own lives, which were recently shattered by an act of sexual violence.

Before long, David realizes that his family’s troubles are worse than he could ever have imagined.

An ancient demon lurks beneath the town of Morganville, an unholy creature conjured into existence by the Heller Home tragedy.

Its name is Moloch.

It is hungry for the souls of the townspeople.

But most of all, Moloch wants the children. It will not rest until it has them.

All of them.

The other book is called Greener Pastures, a collection of short stories by Michael Wehunt. From the Goodreads description:

In his striking debut collection, Greener Pastures, Michael Wehunt shows why he is a powerful new voice in horror and weird fiction.

From the round-robin, found-footage nightmare of “October Film Haunt: Under the House” (selected for The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror) to the jazz-soaked “The Devil Under the Maison Blue” (selected for both The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror and Year’s Best Weird Fiction), these beautifully crafted, emotionally resonant stories speak of the unknown encroaching upon the familiar, the inscrutable power of grief and desire, and the thinness between all our layers. Where nature rubs against small towns, in mountains and woods and bedrooms, here is strangeness seen through a poet’s eye.

They say there are always greener pastures. These stories consider the cost of that promise.

And now, the goodies. Still yourself, the Cthulhu Funko Pop is mine, but the box did contain a Michael Jackson Thriller styled magnetic bookmark, an essential oil scent called “Sandman’s Despair”, and a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde pin.

There was also a small journal featuring cover art from The Howling.

And a water bottle with the crest of Miskatonic University  (mine, all mine!)

Of course you’ll need a tote bag to hold all this epic swag! This bag featuring Frankenstein’s monster is fantastic!

And let’s not forget this wonderful bit of artwork, now framed and hanging proudly on my wall!

Like I said before, you don’t need me to tell you how much fun this book box is. I will, however, tell you that you should get yourself over to The Nocturnal Reader’s Box website and get yourself subscribed.

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Book Box Review and Unboxing: The Nocturnal Reader’s April Box: Trapped

It’s that time again! This month’s theme for The Nocturnal Reader’s Box was “Trapped,” and explored all the various iterations of that theme in horror literature.

First things first. The two books this month are:

Little Heaven by Nick Cutter (yay!) Here’s the Goodreads description:

An all-new epic tale of terror and redemption set in the hinterlands of midcentury New Mexico from the acclaimed author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’t put it down…old-school horror at its best.”

From electrifying horror author Nick Cutter comes a haunting new novel, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and Stephen King’s It, in which a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. Stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust grips the settlement. The escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral towards madness. Hell—or the closest thing to it—invades Little Heaven. The remaining occupants are forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is now marshaling its powers…and it wants them all.

And Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie 

Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod’s Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave…and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were…but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds ten pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?

I’ve been looking forward to Nick Cutter’s new book, and Suffer the Children sounds horrifying (not a big child fan to begin with).

In addition there was a ton of cool stuff, such as a Stephen King pin, and a Shutter Island matchbox . . . 

A chapbook called 120 Seconds of Light by JE Smith 

 A Lord of the Flies themed tote bag

A wicked cool and creepy 3D art print, 

And probably my favorite part of the box: a pint glass from The Overlook Hotel of The Shining fame. 

As always, I have nothing but praise for this box. The amount of stuff you get for your money is unreal,  and it’s so wonderful to find a book box not solely for the teenage set. Boxes go quick, but you should totally head over to their website and start up a subscription.