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It’s time to unbox the third Abominable Book Club Box, aka the December box. It’s official this is the first book box I have subscribed to, every single other book box I have ever bought has been a month-to-month purchase, but these guys have done it, they’ve got me on a rolling subscription – that should tell you how much I like this box!
The cost of this box is £19.99, and they ship internationally. Each month you’ll receive a featured book, a locally sourced luxury snack, a handful of hot drinks and a second-hand paperback. I’ve snooped on Bookstagram and found their next set of box reps, so I could bring you a discount code, ‘FITZ10’ should get you 10% off your first box.
So what was inside:
A special Christmas
bookmark spookmark, it varies in design from their usual black logo one. But still featuring micro-fiction written by one of the owners, Owen. I love these doses of micro-fiction!
The locally sourced snack was a Savoury Collection by Blaenafon Cheddar Company. An assortment of flavoured cheeses, including a toffee apple flavour, and some crackers to accompany them. And as usual, some hot drinks to enjoy – my son loves these hot chocolates sachets.
I was thrilled to find this month’s box, just like Nov’s box, came with a code for a free ebook. I hoped this was something that would be a regular feature, so to have it two months running is great! It also means, like last month, three books! And, I’m starting to realise horror books have the best covers!!
Hellhound by Lou Yardley
The Hound & The Philosopher Inn looks like your average pub, with only its mouthful of a name to separate it from any other. But, secrets lurk just beyond the ales, wines, spirits and bar snacks. Deadly secrets.
Kit pops into the pub following a dismal experience at a job interview. Christine visits the same pub whilst waiting for a cab. Both of their lives will be changed forever. Both will learn the pub’s secrets.
Peter is one of these secrets. Peter Smedley is a businessman, ruthless and cunning and co-owner of The Hound & The Philosopher Inn. He is also a werewolf, hellbent on changing the status quo.
HELLHOUND will draw you into the supernatural underbelly of Greater London with the promise of blood, guts and the realisation that the monsters may be closer than you think.
The feature book:
Lip Hook by David Hine & Mark Stafford
Somewhere in the British Isles, at the end of a neglected road, there is a village called Lip Hook. For its inhabitants, the village is more than the end of the road—it’s the end of the world. Beyond it, there is nothing but mist-shrouded marshland. Few travelers take the road to Lip Hook, but one foggy night, a car speeds perilously toward the village. The driver is a dangerously beautiful woman, the passenger a man with a gunshot wound and a suitcase containing a treasure he has risked his life for. Cash-strapped but in need of a place to hide, the two fugitives seek shelter at the Hanged Man Inn, where the woman persuades the innkeeper to accept payment in kind. As days pass and the woman extends her services to more of Lip Hook’s men, among them the village priest, a false faith grips the community—and reason, logic, and humanity begin to disappear.
When the hints were dropped about the December book, I was fairly certain I wouldn’t own it, and I was correct. Ladies and gentlemen, my first horror graphic novel, and it looks, and sounds, fantastic! I’ve done the obligatory flick through and I’m excited!
The second-hand book:
The Caller by Chris Carter
Be careful before answering your next call. It could be the beginning of your worst nightmare.
After a tough week, Tanya Kaitlin is looking forward to a relaxing night in, but as she steps out of her shower, she hears her phone ring. The video call request comes from her best friend, Karen Ward. Tanya takes the call and the nightmare begins.
Detectives Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia are thrown into a rollercoaster of evil, chasing a predator who scouts the streets and social media networks for victims, taunting them with secret messages and feeding on their fear.
Ah man! I have this one already! Those were the exact words I spoke when I unwrapped this book. But, my disappointment quickly passed because the feature book and the ebook I didn’t already have, this is the nature of the book box game.
The Complete Box
If you like what you see, head over to the The Abominable Book Club website and subscribe now. I think these guys have great taste in choosing books; yes, I’ve gotten two duplicates along the way, but when you have two other books, it’s easy to overlook that fact. I love the locally sourced snacks; admit it, that is some cool looking cheese. Like last month, I’m late to share my unboxing, so I have already received the January box, and I love it, and will unbox it on the blog soon.
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