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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!