We here at The Nerd Mentality offices are always trying to search out new and cool ways to get our horror needs met. In looking for fun things to talk about for the 31 Days of Halloween we happened to run across this month’s Horror Block that is showcasing works by Stephen King. Now there won’t be any books or movies in this box but there will be fun (hopefully) memorabilia or cool little tchotchkes. Let’s dive right in and see what is in this month’s box!
First up is the exclusive t-shirt. It is made by Gildan and is from their Heavy Cotton line. I have previously bought shirts online under their Ultra Cotton line and they are really nice shirts. The Ultra is a bit thicker than this one but it still seems to be of a good quality. The tag mentions it is 100% cotton. The shirt is stylized art from the film Misery . Nothing against Kathy Bates but I’m glad that they went with a more graphic novel style art rather than a actual still from the film. It has a really cool look to it and the red and black color scheme looks quite striking. The texture of the art feels like it would not come off easily in the wash so hopefully the crispness of the art will last awhile. This is my first “Nerd Block” so this is my introductory experience with the quality of their products.
Next in line is a little plush doll. It’s an exclusive Pennywise plushie from the film It. While not having the charm of an actual sized Tim Curry in your living room it should still scare the crap out of the cat or innocent visitors to your movie room. If any of your friends have coulrophobia you could always change your profile picture to this and just laugh and laugh. I’m not really a huge fan of plush figures but this one certainly has personality and seems to be decently made. I think I would have preferred a Funko Pop figure here instead but that would really just be nit-picking.
Now we have something from the Stanley Kubrick film The Shining. It was all wrapped up in plastic and bubble wrap (like most of my dates) and was well protected in the box. It’s an exclusive key hook. I’m a huge fan of this film and so my feelings are sort of torn on this one. I think the idea of the redrum door is cool but I really have no use for a key hook. Perhaps you feel differently and can make use of it. It would be cool just to place on a shelf with my movies but the hooks are not lined up and are not an equal height and so it can’t be placed like that. It is a really neat design, and it seems sturdy but for now I just have it sitting on the floor next to one of my movie cases. Maybe I will figure something out, but I don’t want to work too much because you know what they say about all work and no play.
We also have an art print from the Dark Tower books (soon to be a major motion picture near you). This may be sacrilegious but I have not read this book series and I don’t know that I am very interested in the film at this point so I may not be the target audience. This is just an 8 X 10 glossy post card type picture. I’m not sure if anyone is going to have much interest in that, but it is here if you are someone who would enjoy it.
So far everything has really been firmly planted in the Stephen King universe so the next item sort of caught me by surprise. Don’t get me wrong I like it and it seems to be very interesting, but I have little idea as to how it ties into the Stephen King themed box for this month. It is Rue Morgue Magazine’s Monstro Bizarro: An Essential Manual of Mysterious Monsters. This is a 130 page paperback book, similar to the size of a standard graphic novel. There seem to be quite a bit of interviews and essays on what seems to be like old newspaper print, so it is certainly very retro feeling. The list price printed on the back is $14.95 so it seems like a good value with everything else you get in the Horror Block. Without spoiling anything the book is about “real life” cryptids like the Chupacabra, Jersey Devil, Boggy Creek Monster and so on. It looks really fun and I can’t wait to get into it. It seems like a great addition to the other Sci-Fi and monster books in my collection.
There are some advertisements and some coupons/credits for other Nerd Block items in the box but really there is only one more thing. Last but certainly not least we have an autographed print from Carrie’s P.J. Soles with certificate of authenticity. I’ve kind of been on a search here lately for autographed Blu-rays so it was really surprising for me to find such a neat autograph in the Horror Block. I don’t really get out to shows much (plus many don’t come this far out in the middle of nowhere) so typically I would not have the chance to get something like this unless I bought it online. I am happy to get this for my collection.
And that does it for this month’s Horror Block! Do I think the box is worth the cost? The base cost is $19.99 (I paid a few dollars more for a larger shirt) and I think I got that value back in this purchase. The one caveat to this whole thing is that each month no one has any idea what is going to be in the box so I can’t tell you if I would continue to be happy with the product, especially since this is my first time purchasing it. For the most part I am glad to have these items, I felt like I got a good deal and I will continue to monitor the Nerd Block website in the months to come to see if anything else strikes my interest. If you want to get in on the creepy action you can find it all here.