Book Box Review and Unboxing: The Nocturnal Reader’s Box July – the Feast

Welcome to the cannibal feast! This month’s Nocturnal Reader’s Box features a variety of flesh-eating fiends for your (heh heh heh) consumption!

Let’s start with the main event: the books! This month’s new release is Come to Dust by Bracken McLeod. From the Goodreads description:

Ever since her mother abandoned her, five-year-old Sophie has had to depend on her uncle Mitch for everything. But he’s struggling. Restarting a life interrupted by time in prison is hard enough without having to balance work and single parenthood. Mitch is determined to make it work though, striving to keep their family together despite the obstacles in their way, because no matter how difficult things get, they are good for each other. And life for the two of them seems to be looking up. But when Sophie dies tragically, it all comes crashing down. Mitch descends into a crippling grief, coming to understand how little his freedom means without her to share it with. And though released from the sudden responsibility thrust upon him, all he wants is his niece back, safe and alive. 

When he gets his wish and scores of children around the world begin to inexplicably rise from the dead—Sophie among them—everything becomes much harder.

Mitch rescues her from the morgue, determined to carve out a normal life for them no matter what, though it soon becomes clear that may not be possible. While the kids who’ve returned behave like living children, they still look very dead. And they can do something else that normal children cannot. Something terrifying. Beliefs differ whether the children’s return is a mercy or a sign of approaching judgment, and a congregation of religious fanatics determined to usher in the apocalypse has their own plan for salvation.

Now Mitch must find a way to save Sophie from an increasingly hostile world that wants to tear them apart and put her back in the ground for good.

Seems like a neat take on the zombie story.

The previous release this month is Bleed by Ed Kurtz. The cover is a bit unnerving all by itself. From the Goodreads description:

When Walt Blackmore moves into an old gable front house on the outskirts of a small town, things are really looking up for him—he has an adoring girlfriend, a new job, and an altogether bright future. But Walt’s destiny is irreparably changed when a dark red spot appears on the ceiling in the hallway. Bit by bit the spot grows, first into a dripping blood stain and eventually into a grotesque, muttering creature. 

As the creature thrives, Walt finds himself more and more interested in fostering its well-being. At first he only feeds it stray animals, but this soon fails to satisfy the monster’s ghastly needs. It is gradually becoming something more, and for that to happen it requires human blood and human flesh. And once Walt has crossed the line from curiosity to murder, there is no going back.

Blerg. That sounds so cool!

As always, there’s also a bunch of cool extras accompanying the box, including bookmarks

NOS4A2 bike licence plate 

A pin inspired by The Troop

Creepy vampire art 

Jaws-inspired bottle opener (which will be going to the beach with me, man-eaters be damned)

I usually don’t wear aprons while cooking, but now I’m going to have to start (mwahahahahaha) 

And finally, (squeeeeee) a Hannibal Lecter stemless wine glass. Time to get out the chianti 

Behold the Feast! Once again, The Nocturnal Reader’s Box pack a metric crap ton of great stuff into an innocuous little box. I’d you haven’t already, check out their website, where the box for August – Infected/Infested is on sale now!

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