I am sorry for the hiatus!  I have been all over the place between work, getting school straightened out, and vacations.  For everyone subscribed to the Nocturnal Reader’s Box, you should definitely have your box.  I am super late with this post.  If you have not yet received your box, please proceed with caution!

I have also received my monthly Horror Pack and am working on watching the movies for the reviews to go with the post.  My last Bam Box Horror should arrive within the next few days, so tons of material lined up for the next few weeks.  This should have gotten here last month but had some issues redeeming my free month for the oversold January boxes.

I am also on the hunt for a new horror box to subscribe to.  Rue Morgue has opened ordering for their bi-monthly box and I have already subscribed!  You can too!  Unfortunately, I have too many books in my TBR pile and am temporarily putting my Nocturnal Reader’s Box on hold.  So, if you know of any awesome horror subscriptions out there, comment the name or link so I can check them out.  I normally run about two at a time, and the Rue Morgue box features Horror Pack movies so that one is also on hold.

This is a sad day since this is the last Nocturnal Reader’s Box for a while.  This has been my favorite subscription, but I have an entire shelf of TBR books and need to tackle some of them before I get more.  The boxes are always full of goodies like wearables, props, and (of course) books!

Again…I tried to step up my game on picture taking for this box.  I am clueless when it comes to photography, though.  If you have any comments, advice, or tips, contact me on social media, comment here, or email me at admin@theunluckythirteen.com.  I greatly appreciate everyone who visits and interacts!

Nocturnal Reader's Box List

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

Unbury Carol is the new release featured in this month’s box.  Each Nocturnal Reader’s Box shipment offers at least one new release title.  Malerman is the author of Bird Box and Black Mad Wheel.  If you aren’t into reading, Bird Box is being made into a Netflix film!  “The haunting story of a woman literally bringing herself back from the dead, Unbury Carol is a twisted take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.”

Unbury Carol is a Poe story set in the weird West we all carry inside us, and it not only hits the ground running, it digs into that ground, too.  About six wonderful feet.” – Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels

“This one haunts you for reasons you can’t quite put your finger on…Malerman is too fierce an original to allow anyone else’s visions to intrude on his.  [He] defies categories and comparisons with other writers.” – Kirkus Reviews

Slade House by David Mitchell

The second book in this month’s box is Slade House.  It is a self-contained novel, but also part of Mitchell’s Bone Clock series.  “This unnerving, taut and intricately woven tale by one of our most original and bewitching writers begins in 1979 and reaches its turbulent conclusion around Hallowe’en, 2015.  Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a ‘guest’ is summoned to Slade House.  By why has that person ben chosen, by whom and for what purpose?  The answers lie waiting in the long attic, at the top of the stairs…”

“Entertainingly eerie . . . We turn to [Mitchell] for brain-tickling puzzle palaces, for character studies and for language.”Chicago Tribune

“A ripping yarn . . . Like Shirley Jackson’s Hill House or the Overlook Hotel from Stephen King’s The Shining, [Slade House] is a thin sliver of hell designed to entrap the unwary. . . . As the Mitchellverse grows ever more expansive and connected, this short but powerful novel hints at still more marvels to come.”San Francisco Chronicle

Nocturnal Reader's Box Contents

Apex Magazine

This month’s Nocturnal Reader’s Box included a copy of Apex Magazine.  I had never heard of Apex Magazine and did some research when I opened the box.  Apex Magazine is a monthly magazine featuring original short-fiction in the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genre.  You can actually read them on their site on the first Tuesday of every month.  Copied straight from the site with links intact:


Words from the Editor-in-Chief by Jason Sizemore

Clap Your Hands by Andrew F. Kooy
The Sharp Edges of Anger by Jamie Lackey
Murders Fell from Our Wombs by Tiotlo Tsamaase
What to Do When It’s Nothing but Static by Cassandra Khaw

Interview with Author Andrew F. Kooy by Andrea Johnson
Interview with Cover Artist Chase Henson by Russell Dickerson
Lovecraft and the Occult by Mary SanGiovanni
My Road Trip with David Koresh by Jerry Gordon

Between the Lines with Laura Zats and Erik Hane
Page Advice with Mallory O’Meara and Brea Grant
Words for Thought by A.C. Wise

Pin Inspired by Brian Keene’s Rising series

Each box includes a pin.  This month’s pin was inspired by Brian Keene’s Rising series.

Nocturnal Reader's Box Print

Dark Tower Dad Hat

Though I’m not a hat person, the hat for this month’s Nocturnal Reader’s Box was inspired by the one and only King and his Dark Tower.  I may have to come up with a reason to wear a hat just to be able to show off the King quote!

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods Coin

I LOVE GOODIES.  The books are great, but the goodies are the icing on top.  I have already placed my pin in the vase holding my bamboo plant, right next to my Pazuzu head from February’s Bam Box.

Eric Nyquist Print Inspired by John W. Campbell’s “Wo Goes There?”

The Nocturnal Reader’s Box shipments always include a print!  This month’s print is from John W. Campbell’s “Who Goes There”.  Eric also illustrated the

Nocturnal Reader's Box Koozie

Southern Reach Novels by Jeff VanderMeer.  You can find more of his work on Insta


“Let the Right One In” Koozie

The last item in this month’s Nocturnal Reader’s Box is a koozie.  The koozie is based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s “Let the Right One In”.  It doesn’t fit my regular cup, but I will find something to put in here soon!