Book Box Review and Unboxing: The Nocturnal Reader’s Box – August: Infested/Infected

It’s again time to find a little slice of Halloween on my front porch! I get so excited about this box it is literally sickening. As always, there’s a whole bunch of awesome shit in this box!

His box contains not one, not two, but three books! The first book is This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong; the sequel to John Dies at the End, which is high up on my TBR. From the Goodreads description:

WARNING: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. THIS IS NOT A METAPHOR.

You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection-the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like.

You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings. You can’t see it, because it decides what you see. You won’t even feel it when it breeds. And it will breed. So what happens when your family, friends, and neighbors get mind-controlling skull spiders? We’re all about to find out.

Just stay calm, and remember that telling you about the spider situation is not the same as having caused it. I’m just the messenger. Even if I did sort of cause it.

Either way, I won’t hold it against you if you’re upset. I know that’s just the spider talking.

The other two books are both new releases. First up is The Grip of It by Jac Jemc. From the Goodreads description:

A chilling literary horror novel about a young couple who purchase and live in a haunted house. Jac Jemc’s The Grip of It tells the eerie story of a young couple haunted by their new home.

Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The move—prompted by James’s penchant for gambling, his inability to keep his impulses in check—is quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh. But this house, which sits between ocean and forest, has plans for the unsuspecting couple. As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The architecture—claustrophobic, riddled with hidden rooms within rooms—becomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall—contracting, expanding—and map themselves onto Julie’s body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julia and James.

Written in creepy, potent prose, The Grip of It is an enthralling, psychologically intense novel that deals in questions of home: how we make it and how it in turn makes us, mapping itself onto bodies and the relationships we cherish.

The third book is one I’m super excited about. Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones is a horror story from a Native American perspective. From the Goodreads description:

Mapping the Interior is a horrifying, inward-looking novella from Stephen Graham Jones that Paul Tremblay calls “emotionally raw, disturbing, creepy, and brilliant.”

Walking through his own house at night, a fifteen-year-old thinks he sees another person stepping through a doorway. Instead of the people who could be there, his mother or his brother, the figure reminds him of his long-gone father, who died mysteriously before his family left the reservation. When he follows it he discovers his house is bigger and deeper than he knew.

The house is the kind of wrong place where you can lose yourself and find things you’d rather not have. Over the course of a few nights, the boy tries to map out his house in an effort that puts his little brother in the worst danger, and puts him in the position to save them . . . at terrible cost.


Also, per usual, the box contains a bunch of goodies! This month features a creepy crawly art print by Ally Burke, a bookmark, a ‘Salem’s Lot postcard, and a glow in the dark pin inspired by Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry.


There’s also an exclusive bath bomb by Fizzy Fairy Apothecary


A mug inspired by The Exorcist (and the perils of under-caffination)


And (teeheehee) a Captain Tripps hat from The Stand.


So, I’m still in love with this book box! If you haven’t already, you should totally check out the Nocturnal Reader’s Box website!

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