The August Nocturnal Reader’s Box

nocturnal reader's box august

Back in July, I treated myself to a new subscription box. Specifically, a horror themed book box called The Nocturnal Reader’s Box. As a horror fan I was intrigued by this box, and with August’s theme being Infected and Infested, I couldn’t pass it up. The Nocturnal Reader’s box showed up at my PO Box last month and I couldn’t wait to see what was inside! Let me tell you, I was not disappointed.

august nocturnal reader's box

The first thing I pulled out was this fantastic baseball hat. Captain Trips is a reference to Stephen King’s The Stand – it’s one of the nicknames for the virus that ravages the world. I LOVE this hat. The creepy font, the crow, the reference – it’s wonderful! I am not one who normally wears hats, so honestly, I feel like it looks a bit funny on me. But I think that has nothing to do with the hat, and everything to do with me not being used to seeing myself in one. Enjoy some awkward pics of me being real unsure how I feel about it.

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august nocturnal reader's box

The next item inside was this mug, which was my only disappointment of the box. There is nothing wrong with the mug – I just don’t drink coffee so the phrase doesn’t do much for me. But my dad, an avid coffee drinker and Exorcist fan, will certainly enjoy it! I’ll be passing it along to him.

august nocturnal reader's box

Tucked in the mug (safely in bubble wrap) was this bath bomb. Judging by the color, I’m really hoping it turns my bath blood red. The scent is lovely, and I’m excited to perk up a fall bath with this baby!

august nocturnal reader's box

Next up with this fabulous zombie pin, which I guess is tied to/inspired by a book called Patient Zero by Jonathon Maberry? I’m a bit confused on that (it wasn’t too clear on the contents card), but as a lover of the zombie horror genre, I’m quite pleased with it. It’s got a happy home on my purse now.

august nocturnal reader's box

And the final non-book item is this incredibly creep-tastic art print from artist Ally Burke entitled, ‘The Woman Who Never Killed Bugs’. It’s so creepy, and I love it so much. This print was immediately hung in my art area!

august nocturnal reader's box

august nocturnal reader's box

Also tucked in the bottom were a bookmark and this cool Nosferatu postcard. Love the old-timey look on the back!

All that, and I haven’t even gotten to the books (yes, plural, BOOKS) yet! I will say, my only complaint with this box is that they do not give social media info for the artists, and in the case of the pin, no info at all other than a name. That irks me. In the case of the mug designer, they list an email, and for the art print, a website, but it’s not that hard to toss in the social media handles so people are easily found.

On to the books!

august nocturnal reader's box

The first book I pulled out was The Grip of It by Jac Jemc. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy this book. It was written in a very straightforward to-the-point manner, and therefore felt like it had no atmosphere whatsoever. And in a horror novel, especially one focused on a haunted house, atmosphere is EVERYTHING. So unfortunately, The Grip of It was disappointing.

august nocturnal reader's box

The next book was a signed novella called Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones. I enjoyed this immensely. It had a great balance of story, pacing, and atmosphere, which I find quite impressive it being a novella and not a full novel. Definitely recommend! It was a horror story from a perspective I hadn’t read before and I found it excellent.

nocturnal reader's box august

And lastly, This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong. This is actually the sequel to John Dies at the End by David Wong. I’m currently reading John Dies at the End, so I can’t give my thoughts on This Book is Full of Spiders yet! I can say, however, that I love the cover and am super intrigued by the title!

PHEW! That was so much in one box! So while the Nocturnal Reader’s Box is a bit pricey – around $40 after shipping – it’s very worth it for all the goodies packed inside! Currently, I don’t have this as a recurring subscription box. It was one I wanted to try out and see if I liked, which I definitely did! Given that right now we are in super money saving mode, I won’t be purchasing another soon, but I definitely will in the future. The October Nocturnal Reader’s Box is sold out, and they often sell out quickly so if you’re looking to try this box, don’t wait!

I am in no way sponsored or affiliated with The Nocturnal Reader’s Box. I purchased this box with my own money, and just wanted to share because it’s an awesome box of goodies!

 

  • Danielle Knapp

    This is a very cool box – I think that mug is funny and love the art print!

    • Kay

      That mug made me wish I drink coffee haha! But my dad loved it so still a win. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Ooo you look so cute in the hat! And that mug genuinely made me laugh out loud. (That’s one of the nice things about having started drinking coffee–I can enjoy all the jokes!) I love this box and just got the September one last week, and I’m letting my subscription renew for the October box since it’s October AND their birthday box. This isd definitely a subscription box that I enjoy opening every time, and I agree that it’s a decent price for so much stuff inside!

    • Kay

      Awesome! I can’t wait to get another one sometime…stupid money haha! I’m finally used to the hat on myself and wow is it nice to have when I want to be incredibly lazy with my hair. XD I bet their birthday box will be amazing!!

  • Jessica

    Interesting. I’m a horror “fan” by second hand contact. Hehe. My husband loves horror and I thusly end up watching lots of horror films, etc. Do you think this box could be enjoyed by a male too?

    • Kay

      I definitely think so! The creators are a husband and wife team so every box has male input. And for the most part, this box was pretty gender neutral – the only thing I even think that could be considered ‘gendered’ is the bath bomb, and hey, I’m sure some guys love baths! But this is primarily a book box, so as long as he loves to read I think it’d be great!

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