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It`s my birthday, so I went shopping

It’s my birthday today, so of course I celebrated it by going to my local Waterstones bookshop and bought 17 books…. Some say I have a problem, and I would agree with them, I don’t have any shelf space for my new books, I guess it’s time to buy some new and big shelves.

Anyway, just a short why and what I bought today. Probably going to review most of them on this site in one way or another.

I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft. by S.T. Joshi: I have had this 1000 page biography of Lovecraft on my reading list for years, so I just spoiled myself and got it. It’s a nice two volume paperback set from Hippocampus press.

The Freedom of Fantastic Things, edited by Scott Connors: Another Hippocampus press release, this is a criticism and study on the work of Clark Ashton Smith, one of the writers I feel are underrated. Highly recommended writer!

Sefira and Other Betrayals by John Langan: The third Hippocampus press of todays haul, John Langan is someone I have been wanting to read for a while now, so why not start with his latest release!

Ghost Mine by Hunter Shea: Discovered Flame Tree Press not so long ago, they are an offshoot from Flame Tree publishing currently focusing on Science fiction, Fantasy, Crime and Horror fiction. Read a few of their releases, enjoyed them, so I feel I can buy a new book without being disappointed.

By the Light of My Skull by Ramsey Campbell: A short story collection by one of the greatest! Enough said.

Blood Cruise by Mats Strandberg: Swedish vampire horror set on a cruise ship set for Finland. What more can you want for!

Beyond Night by Eric S. Brown & Steven L. Shrewsbury: Lovecraftian horror set in roman times. From Crystal lake publishing.

Lucky's Girl by William Holloway: From one of my favourite publishers, Horrific tales. And from the author of The Singularity Cycle series (in which the third book is hopefully coming this year). Looking forward to sinking my teeth into this book!

The Cabin at the End of the World, Disappearance at Devil's Rock, A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay: Been on my radar for a while, but after reading his latest release, Growing things(Review coming soon) I went and ordered the three books in a heartbeat!

The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith: A short story collection set in the Instrumentality of Mankind series. I really enjoyed Norstrilia, so I think I will enjoy this one too!

Retrograde by Peter Cawdron: Lately I have been into Science fiction set on Mars, this seems to fit the bill.

Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks: have been planning to read Iain M Banks space opera series “culture” for a while now, so why not start on book one of a ten book series(it’s not like I have lots of other series to finish first)

Pseudotooth by Verity Holloway: I have a lot of favourite publishers nowadays, Unsung stories are one of them, so whenever I come across one of their releases, I buy! Haven’t read a bad book by them yet!

The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel: Ever since I read Station eleven, I have been a fan of Emily St. John Mandel, The Lola Quartet was the last book of hers that was missing in my collection(that’s until The Glass Hotel is released in 2020)

That’s it, just a short shopping spree for my ever-expanding book collection.

Thanks for reading!


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