From the Shelf to the Page: This Week in the Ruins

A pair of disappointing reviews this week, but some better reads on the go, and some really exciting ones coming in . . .


Stacking The Shelves and Mailbox Monday are a pair of weekly memes that are about sharing the books that came your way over the past week, and which you've added to your shelves - whether they be physical or virtual, borrowed or bought, or for pleasure or review.

Just a pair of new additions this week, but both are titles I'm very excited about:

Voices of the Damned
by Barbie Wilde

Enter into the mind of Barbie Wilde, whose disturbing interior world teems with the voices of rebellious female demons, devilish witches, semen-hungry neo-vampires, raging gods and home invaders, the fiends of sleep paralysis, pint-sized store-front preachers with a whiff of sulfur, body horrors of the most grotesque kind, clandestine aliens and Zulu zombies.

These truly are the Voices of the Damned: eleven short horror stories from Barbie Wilde, actress (Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Death Wish 3) and dark crime-horror novelist (The Venus Complex). Fangoria has called Wilde “one of the finest purveyors of erotically charged horror fiction around.”

Each story is accompanied by seductive, haunting, full color artworks and illustrations created by some of the most imaginative artists in the genre: Clive Barker, Nick Percival, Steve McGinnis, Daniele Serra, Eric Gross, Tara Bush, Vincent Sammy, & Ben Baldwin.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Expected publication: October 31st 2015 by Short, Scary Tales Publications

The Passenger: A Novel
by F.R. Tallis

It is commanded by Siegfried Lorenz, a maverick SS officer who does not believe in the war he is bound by duty and honor to fight in.

U-471 receives a triple-encoded message with instructions to collect two prisoners from a vessel located off the Icelandic coast and transport them to the base at Brest—and a British submarine commander, Sutherland, and a Norwegian academic, Professor Bjornar Grimstad, are taken on board. Contact between the prisoners and Lorenz has been forbidden, and it transpires that this special mission has been ordered by an unknown source, high up in the SS. It is rumored that Grimstad is working on a secret weapon that could change the course of the war . . .

Then, Sutherland goes rogue, and a series of shocking, brutal events occur. In the aftermath, disturbing things start happening on the boat. It seems that a lethal, supernatural force is stalking the crew, wrestling with Lorenz for control. A thousand feet under the dark, icy waves, it doesn't matter how loud you scream...

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: February 15th 2016 by Pegasus


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is another weekly meme, this time focused on what books are spending the most time in your hands and in your head, as opposed to what's been added to your shelf.

Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey continues to be my read of leisure, although leisure time has been in short supply. I should finish The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher this weekend (a nice mash-up of naval warfare, steampunk, and magic), after which I suspect Crimson Shore by Preston & Child will be a quick read, followed by The Renegade by Amy Dunne.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. The name F.R. Tallis sounded really familiar to me, so I looked it up and realized I actually read his book The Voices last year. It was a ghost/haunted house story and very atmospheric and creepy, so I'm really interested to hear how you'll like The Passenger because the premise sounds awesome. I imagine it would be a nightmare scenario for claustrophobic readers!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  2. AERONAUTS would be my pick, can't wait to hear the review!

  3. It's depressing when a book turns out to be a let down when you wanted it to be good! I'm up to my eyes in zombies at the moment which is GREAT! All those teeth to look forward to reading about!

  4. OOh nice! The first one looks intriguing with that cover alone! Hope you enjoy all the new reads!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  5. I'm reading The Aeronaut's Windlass right now and love it so far. The Passenger sounds really good, I'll have to check it out. Have a great week!

  6. The passenger seems like something I'd read! I hope you enjoy everything you got. Happy reading :)

    Sofia @ SofiaLovesReading


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