Mailbox Monday

If it's Monday, then it must be time for Mailbox Monday, a weekly meme that provides a virtual gathering place for bloggers (and readers) to share the books that came their way over the past week. Originally hosted by Marcia, of To Be Continued..., it has since become something of a book tour, with a new host each month. This month's host seems to be MIA this morning, so please enter your links below:

Here are the books that found a home on my shelves over the last week:

Staring Into the Abyss
by Richard Thomas

In this collection of short stories Richard Thomas shows us in dark, layered prose the human condition in all of its beauty and dysfunction. A man sits in a high tower making tiny, mechanical birds, longing for the day when he might see the sky again. A couple spends an evening in an underground sex club where jealousy and possession are the means of barter. A woman is victimized as a child, and turns that rage and vengeance into a lifelong mission, only to self-destruct, and become exactly what she battled against.

These 20 stories will take you into the darkness, and sometimes bring you back. But now and then there is no getting out, the lights have faded, the pitch black wrapping around you like a festering blanket of lies. What will you do now? It's eat or be eaten--so bring a strong stomach and a hearty appetite.

by Keith R.A. DeCandido 

For two seasons, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine® chronicled the intense struggle of the Federation, fighting alongside the Klingons and the Romulans against the overwhelming forces of the Dominion in some of the most exciting hours of television ever produced. 

Now, for the first time, see how the Dominion War affected the entirety of the Star Trek universe. From the heart of the Federation to the bridge of the Starship Enterprise™. From the front lines of Klingon™ space to the darkest recesses of the Romulan Empire. From the heroic members of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers to the former crew of the U.S.S. Stargazer. From the edge of the New Frontier to the corridors of station Deep Space 9™. 

Some of the finest Star Trek novelists have been gathered to provide a dozen new tales from this seminal period in galactic history. Heroes from three generations -- Sisko, Picard, Spock, Kira, Calhoun, Klag, McCoy, Gold, and so many more -- brought together in these... Tales Of The Dominion War.

by Stephen Zimmer

Journey into realms of darkness and explore the regions where angels fear to tread! Welcome to the Hellscapes, featuring tales of the infernal in settings where the horror never ends and the inhabitants experience the ultimate nightmare. In "Blood Dreams" follow the tale of a woman who knew great political authority and influence in life, as she discovers the reward awaiting her in the next world. "The Grove" welcomes a new arrival, a wealthy man who is looking forward to a weekend of indulging in lust and libation, as he has for many years in this secluded convocation for the elite. Something is different this time, though, and he soon finds that his visit will be taking a very different turn. In "The Smallest Fish", the story is told of a ruthless business mogul who finds himself in an abandoned, ruined version of the city he knew well ... in life. This city won't be remaining vacant for long. "Drowning in Tears" tells the story of a young man's unhealthy obsession for a suicidal girlfriend that leads him on a path of severe transformation. The final tale of Volume 1, "Lords of War", follows the story of a man who wielded military power on a worldwide scale as a Secretary of Defense, who now learns the deeper nature of war and what kinds of monstrosities it breeds. Hellscapes, Volume 1 is the first release in an exciting new themed horror collection from Stephen Zimmer.

As for what we're reading, the team has reviews coming up over the next 2 weeks for:


What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. I don't really recognize the first title, but I almost flipped when I saw Star Trek. Total fangirl right here. All of them sound exciting, so best of wishes and happy reading! :)


  2. Horror is not my immediate choice of genre (both in books, tv shows, or movies), but I do like the first book.

  3. thanks for the kind words about SITA!

  4. Thanks for putting up a link again today!

  5. Thanks for doing the Mailbox Monday honours this month, it's really appreciated :)

  6. Enjoy your haul! And thanks for taking over as host.

  7. Hi Bob,

    Whilst I may not be a fan of your favourite genres, however I can appreciate a good cover and the art of the Richad Thomas book is amazing.

    There doesn't seem to be a 'Linky' up this week, so here is my Mailbox post and thanks for hosting, I for one appreciate it ...

    Have a good week,


  8. Thanks again for picking up the hosting. I'm not so much into the dark, horror tales but several of the coming up titles look interesting.
    Happy Reading!

  9. Thank you very much for hosting MM! Enjoy your new books. :)

  10. Thanks for filling in this week! Enjoy all your new books.

  11. Thanks for hosting! I hope you enjoy your books!

  12. THANKS for hosting. ENJOY your new books.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  13. KINGBREAKER and PHARAOH peak my interest, Bob


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