Shelf Control #41 & Reading Right Now 02/10/19


Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.

by James Herbert

Remember the faery stories you were told when you were a child? Tales of tiny, magical, winged beings and elves, wicked witches and goblins. Demons…

What if one day you found they were true? What if, when you became an adult, you discovered they were all based on fact? What if you met the fantasy and it was all so very real?

That’s what happened to Thom Kindred. The wonders were revealed to him. But so were the horrors, for not far behind the Good, there always lurks the Bad. And the Bad had designs on Thom. The Bad would show him real evil.

He would see the hellhagges and the demons. He would be touched by perverted passion. And corruption. And he would encounter his own worst nightmare.

The Bad would seek to destroy him. And only the magic of the little beings would be able to help him.

Often thought of as the British equivalent of Stephen King, James Herbert was an author who, sadly, passed away suddenly six years ago just a month before his 70th birthday. I’ve yet to read any of his work but my dad often praises his novels so I’ve always wanted to give him a try – especially now that I’m trying to read more horror.

Once… is one I’ve always been intrigued by because I love the idea of a horror novel involving dark fairy tales, and I’m weak for stories where the main character has to go and face something from their childhood. I picked up a copy in a charity shop earlier this year, so it’s about time I finally crossed it off my TBR!

Are you a horror fan? Have you read any of James Herbert’s work?


It’s October – woohoo! Not only is October fun because it’s the month of Halloween, but it’s also my birthday month so, naturally, it feels extra special for me. This year I’m making an effort to read creepy or spooky books throughout October, and I’m pleased to announce I’ve already made a start.



I really enjoyed Zen Cho’s Hugo Award-winning novelette If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again, so I decided to start the month with another of her novelettes, The Terracotta Bride, which just so happens to take place in the afterlife. I really enjoyed this novelette and it was almost a 5 star read, but the ending ended up being a little too rushed for me to be completely satisfied with it. I liked the ultimate ending a lot, but how we got there felt very sudden which was a shame. I feel like this easily could have been stretched into a novella, and I’d love to see Cho write more set in this world!


This month begins the horror book club, which I’ve named Dawn of the Read, that my friend Marisa and I decided to start to get us reading more horror. My other friend Elena has now joined us – the more the merrier! – and we’re starting off with Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s Hex. I’m enjoying it so far, although I haven’t quite got into the meat of the story yet, and while I’m sure the witch terrorising this town whose eyes and mouth have been sewn closed will soon terrify me, right now I just kind of feel sorry for her. If someone sewed my eyes and mouth closed, I’d haunt the hell out of them too!


There are plenty of spooky reads I want to get to this month, and plenty of novels about witches that I want to cross off my TBR, but right now I’m in the mood for a bit of non-fiction and Eleanor Herman’s The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul sounds like the perfect non-fiction read for October. As well as looking at cases where poison was used as a murder weapon, this book also examines how poison was prevalent at the royal courts throughout history in makeup and even medicine. It sounds fascinating!

What are you reading right now?

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