Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books we are adding to our shelves, whether they be physical or digital. This includes books bought (my wife would say I buy too many), borrowed (a rare occurrence), and received for review (which I’m trying to reign in).

New Acquisitions: Paperback Treasures

No new purchases this week, although I do have two boxes of used books waiting for me at my PO Box as soon as I can pop over the border . . . something I’m hesitant to do when it means waiting on the bridge with crazy Christmas shoppers.

Review Titles

A fantastic week for review titles, but before I get into the books, I have to share this fantastic hardbound notebook that arrived from the team at Flame Tree Press. That was a nice touch!

As for the books themselves, Flame Tree Press sent me a trio of titles:

  • The Wise Friend by Ramsey Campbell (coming Apr 23, 2020)
    • Patrick Torrington’s aunt Thelma was a successful artist whose late work turned towards the occult. While staying with her in his teens he found evidence that she used to visit magical sites. As an adult he discovers her journal of her explorations, and his teenage son Roy becomes fascinated too. His experiences at the sites scare Patrick away from them, but Roy carries on the search, together with his new girlfriend. Can Patrick convince his son that his increasingly terrible suspicions are real, or will what they’ve helped to rouse take a new hold on the world?
  • The Forever House by Tim Waggoner (coming March 26, 2020)
    • In Rockridge, Ohio, a sinister family moves into a sleepy cul de sac. The Eldreds feed on the negative emotions of humans, creating nightmarish realms within their house to entrap their prey. Neighbors are lured into the Eldreds’ home and faced with challenges designed to heighten their darkest emotions so their inhuman captors can feed and feed well. If the humans are to have any hope of survival, they’ll have to learn to overcome their prejudices and resentments toward one another and work together. But which will prove more deadly in the end, the Eldreds . . . or each other?
  • The Garden of Bewitchment by Catherine Cavendish (coming Feb 13, 2020)
    • In 1893, Evelyn and Claire leave their home in a Yorkshire town for life in a rural retreat on their beloved moors. But when a strange toy garden mysteriously appears, a chain of increasingly terrifying events is unleashed. Neighbour Matthew Dixon befriends Evelyn, but seems to have more than one secret to hide. Then the horror really begins. The Garden of Bewitchment is all too real and something is threatening the lives and sanity of the women. Evelyn no longer knows who – or what – to believe. And time is running out. 

On the e-ARC front, this week also saw the highly anticipated arrival of The Four Profound Weaves by R. B. Lemberg, which releases September 1st (yeah, it’s a ways off!).

  • Two transgender elders must learn to weave from Death in order to defeat an evil ruler―a tyrant who murders rebellious women and hoards their bones and souls―in the first novella set in the award-winning queer fantasy Birdverse universe.

New Acquisitions: Digital Titles

Another eclectic collection of digital freebies this week, including Frostitute, a twisted tale of extreme horror by Glen Frost in which Anya, victim of a human trafficking ring, returns from the dead to wreak vengeance; Transformations: Witnesses, the first book of an erotic saga by Wayne and Ann Triskelion that sees the rise of a religious cult with plans for world domination through sexual perversion; and all 3 volumes of Femdom by Riley Anderson, featuring stories of women in control and men who enjoy the experience.

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