With my temporary living arrangements and saving up to get a new apartment by the first of the year, I’ve had to decrease my subscription shipments to one box per month. This month, I chose Nocturnal Reader’s Box – a horror novel subscription that sends two books and assorted terrifying goodies for $35 plus shipping. The November theme was Hell and it was a lot of fun.
Above this article, you’ll see Persephone anxiously awaiting my opening of the box. She just had to get in on the pic. The box itself is printed with the company logo on top and packed with paper padding. Everything got here just fine. The paper kept it from shuffling too much.
The first items I pulled from the box were a wall pennant, a sliding pin, a bookmark and an art print. The wall pennant is horror themed where spooky scenes abound from skeletons and an old church to a UFO and torn horror novel. It’s good sized and I plan on hanging it in my living room once we move. The pin features the bucket of pig’s blood from Stephen King’s Carrie. It slides from the bucket and spells out the name of the novel in the drips. Very cool. Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery inspired this month’s bookmark. It has a photo of a hand with stones on the front and a quote from the book on the back. Lastly, the art print presents Chris Galen’s version of Cenobite (Butterball) from Clive Barker’s Hellbound Heart and the Hellraiser films, neither of which I’ve viewed, but the print is an interesting piece of art.
The goodies don’t stop there! Next in the box were this month’s books, a pillow cover, a beanie cap and a sample pouch of coffee. The books were The Wilderness Within by John Claude Smith – a twisty, hallucinatory journey of a story – and a book of short stories by Ronald Malfi called We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone that the company warns you not to read in the dark. Both are new releases. I read Smith’s novel the same day I got the box and will be posting the review here soon.
The pillow cover includes a quote by Shirley Jackson. I’m not real fond of the face silhouette on the front, so I’m not sure if I’ll be using it even though I like the quote. I’m still pondering. The beanie cap features the Night’s Watch from Game of Thrones. It’s double-thick, so it should be nice and warm. I admit, I’m only on season 2 of GoT, but I’m very much enjoying it. The coffee in this box was created by Coffee Shop of Horrors and it’s based on Hell House by Richard Matheson. It’s apple strudel flavor and very tasty.
I like this box. I love horror novels, but never think to pick them up for myself. This gave me two new books I hadn’t heard of to try out new authors. The items included with the books were all useable and fun.
If you’d like to try Nocturnal Reader’s Box out for yourself, click here to find their website. December’s theme is Predator and Prey and will include items or books from the following authors: William Peter Blatty, Josh Malerman, Peter Benchley, Stephen King, Joe Hill and more. The December box will also provide a t-shirt or tote bag, based on your subscription choice.
4 out of 5 stars