Archive for the ‘Horror’ Category

Win a FREE copy of Stephen King’s newest title Mr. Mercedes!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Attention Stephen King fans (and we know you are legion)…

You can win a FREE copy of his newest book, Mr. Mercedes, by answering this quite difficult question:

In the original version of Misery, what material was to be used for the cover of the book Paul Sheldon has to write?

Mail your answer to by June 9th, 2014, and put “Stephen King” in the subject header.  Please note that this question was proposed by Jilles, our resident King Connoisseur, so it really is a very sneaky one…  ;-)

Want to get into the Stephen King horror fantasy mood already?  Check out the Mr. Mercedes section on Stephen King’s website.  It includes a book trailer, excerpts and more!

ABC’s Gift Ideas: History/Politics, Horror, Humor, Local Interest/Living Abroad

Monday, November 11th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for History/Politics, Horror, Humor and Local Interest/Living Abroad as picked out by section buyers Maarten, Barry, Ester, Luke, Martijn, Tom and Agnes. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.


Prize Draw Winners Max Brooks

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Thanks for the flood of entries in our Max Brooks prize draw.  The lucky winners are:

W.H. Schut


Koen Kleiberg

Happy prepping for the zombie apocalypse everyone, and we hope to have another prize draw for you soon!

Win a free Max Brooks boxed set!

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Last month’s prize draw for free World War Z movie tickets was a big hit! Many of you mailed us, and your answers to our two posed questions were hilarious, inventive and thorough.

If you didn’t win, don’t despair: the lovely people at Random House, publisher of World War Z author Max Brooks, have graciously given us 2 free boxed sets to give away. Each boxed set contains World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide.

To have another chance at winning, simply mail by July 10th.  Please include “Max Brooks” in the subject of your email.  Two people will be randomly selected by our in-house notary Pleun, and we’ll post the winners here on July 11th.  After that, no more zombie goodies give-aways, for now…

P.S. Just mail in once, people, because your name will only be entered once into the draw.  :-)

You Review: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Reviewed by Marianne van der Wel

Victoria McQueen has a special gift for finding things. On her bike she makes her way across a rickety covered bridge to wherever she needs to go. But Victoria isn’t the only one with a gift. Charles Manx likes to take kids for a ride in his Rolls-Royce Wraith. With his car he can travel the hidden roads that transport them to a playground he calls Christmasland.

Gifts like this come with a price. Vic looses a bit of herself every time she crosses that bridge. The car ride with Manx transforms his passengers into something as terrifying as their benefactor. Then, one day Victoria goes looking for trouble and what she finds is Manx.

I have eagerly awaited a new book from Joe Hill for some time and I have been rewarded for my patience.

Right from the start I knew NOS4A2 was going to be one of my favourites. The first chapter already freaked me out and got me wondering what the hell was going on. And I kept wondering throughout the entire story.

The characters were diverse and very colourful. The scenery is vivid and connects seamlessly with what is going on, the writing is clear and engaging.

It is a story about (and for) the imagination. With a time span of sixteen years it is also about growing up and the loss of innocence. These can be heavy subjects to touch, but Joe Hill does it brilliantly.

I don’t know what else to say but that I absolutely loved it and wish there were more stories like NOS4A2.

(Blogmistress’s note: In one of those “…?”-decisions, the UK title has been changed to NOS4R2.)

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