Blogtober Day Thirteen: Review – Under My Hat Anthology

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Day One: Spooky TBR    /   Day Two: October Releases    /   Day Three: Bookish Autumn Bucket List    /   Day Four: Perfect Cosy Reading Nook    /   Day Five: Top 5 Disney Villains    /   Day Six: Strong Woman Horror Trope    /   Day Seven: Reading Snacks    /   Day Eight: 5 Autumn Reads    /   Day Nine: Vampires and Werewolves    /   Day Ten: Spooky TBR Update    /   Day Eleven: Witches    /   Day Twelve: Books I Should Have Read

Challenge List – Anniek’s Library 

Under My Hat is an anthology, featuring some of the best known voices in fantasy fiction. The stories are all based off the idea of witches, some with the traditional ideas we know but with a slight twist, others with more varied, unrecognisable characters, and each one a delight to read.

There are elements of fantasy and horror in here, but most lean away from horror, focusing on other aspects of witchcraft. The first (Stray Magic) is a really sweet, endearing story about a dog separated from her master. There’s a story about a young woman who has recently joined a wiccan coven, and is searching for her belief. A tale about a cursed girl takes an interesting twist when her dead grandmother is bought back to life to protect her. And a young man in a forest comes across a woman who seems to be half cat, half human.

The anthology is well written, really well put together, and none of the stories blur into the other. Each has its own voice, and its own unique charm, carrying you from one tale to the next and making the book as a whole quite difficult to put down.

Overall, this is a really strong, interesting collection of stories, one that’s perfect for spooky season, and one that takes what could be seen as a stock character, and adds layers upon layers to it, without making the witches completely unrecognisable.


Blogtober Day 2: October Releases

Blogtober Day Two

Day One: Spooky TBR

Anniek’s Library – Blogtober Challenge List

Confession: I am not great at keeping up with what’s coming out at any given time. This is mainly because I can’t afford to buy new books, and I have such a big TBR I try to add to it as little as possible. I do keep an eye out for anticipated releases, but often don’t know about them until right before release date. I very rarely pre-order books (though I have started doing so more recently, and trying to keep up with authors doing events in the local area, so I am getting better).

So in this post, I’m going to talk about three books I’ve already had the privilege of reading, that are either out (but released earlier this month) or are due out soon. And they’re all horror, so definitely consider these if you’re looking for some great Halloween reads.

Midnight In The Graveyard

Edited By: Kenneth W. Cain

Release Date: October 1st

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An anthology of ghost stories, with some of the strongest emerging names in horror. Some of these stories will leave you feeling creeped out and looking over your shoulder, others will fill you with warmth on cold autumn afternoons. Highly recommended from me.

The Festering Ones

S.H. Cooper

Release Date: October 4th

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Check out that epic cover and tell me you don’t want to read this novella, about a woman who goes searching for the truth behind her father’s death. Gripping, eerie, tense, featuring monsters, cults, and otherworldly gods, this is definitely one horror fans should check out.

Grind Your Bones To Dust

Nicholas Day

Release Date: October 10th

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This book is eerie as anything, with twisted monsters and even more twisted people contained in its pages. The writing is beautiful and almost lyrical, contrasted with the actual events of the novel and the characters explored. Throughout, Day doesn’t let up, tugging the reader along on a journey that will leave them breathless.

Three October releases, three perfect reads for spooky season. Definitely check them out, though maybe don’t read them too late at night in a house all by yourself.