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.