The Nocturnal Reader’s Box December Review and Unboxing

After much deliberation, I finally pulled the trigger on a reading-themed subscription box this month as my reward for competing in NaNoWriMo. As a lover of the night and all things horror I decided on The Nocturnal Reader’s Box. It’s a Veteran owned monthly subscription run by Vincent and Jessica who collaborate with artists and curate really cool books and bookish items every month. When I got the notification from the post office today that it had arrived, I practically tripped over my own feet on my way up to the counter.

Look how pretty it is.

The box is a good size, about what you’d expect from a subscription box. The theme this month was Predator and Prey. Inside the box were 10 items: 4 themed items, 2 books, 2 bookmarks, a pin, and a beautiful art print. So let’s get into the nitty gritty shall we?

The Books (Links go to the books’ pages on Goodreads):


Tales From the Talking Board by Ross E. Lockhart. It’s an anthology of stories themed around Ouija boards, and the cover is even modeled after one. It’s really cool. As most children of the ’90s I was raised with Ouija boards being a demon summoning threat the grown ups warned us about, so I was really excited to see this collection.




Vermilion by Molly Tanzer. This one has been on my radar for a while so it was a pleasant surprise. The book seems bizarre, and that’s what I like about it. The protagonist is described as a “gunslinging, chain smoking, Stetson-wearing Taoist psychopomp” and she protects San Francisco from ghosts and other creepies.



The Bookish Items:

Wearable – A tee shirt inspired by Joe Hill’s NOS4A2. Christmasland! Where Happiness is Forever! I like that it’s printed on a dark grey tee since I’m allergic to anything lighter. It’s a nice design they collaborated on with Nameless City Apparel.

Drinkable – A Jaws themed mug that was made by a fella named Jeff at Exhumed Visions. The printing feels of good quality, like the kind that will last a long time rather than chipping off after a few washes.

Drinkable 2 – A can cozy featuring The Store by Bentley Little, someone who I’ve never had the pleasure of reading.

Craftable – A roll of Washi tape patterned like the carpet of the Overlook Hotel. I’ve never used this kind of tape before but I’m sure I’ll find a use for it.


The Art: By Ian Permana, a take on a scene from Bird Box by Josh Malerman, a book I haven’t read but this beautiful print sure makes me want to check it out. You can follow the artist on Instagram @iannocent.

The Bookmarks: First we have a matching bookmark for Vermilion that has a drawing of goggles on one side and an advertisement for the book on the other. The second bookmark has a striking spider image on one side and a quote from Mary Howitt on the other.

The Pin: Chosen aptly, a little silver Ouija Planchette with Pazuzu A.K.A. Captain Howdy of The Exorcist fame. The detail on it is lovely, fully engraved and including a tiny hole to read tiny letters through that will spell out tiny messages of doom.



Final Verdict: This box was great. I think the value was good, the artwork is incredible, and the whole process was exciting. I’ve already placed another order for the January box, which has promises of Edgar Allen Poe, one of my favorites!


Long days & pleasant nights,

Wendy V. Blacke

Artist. Mother. Space Vampire. Horror Buff. Knitter. Makeup Enthusiast. Matriarch. Bookworm. Writer. Lover of oddities and genuine weirdo.

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