It's one of my most favorite times of the year. Carl's RIP Challenge! This is the 6th RIP Challenge (my 5th) and they just keep getting better. The challenge runs from September 1- October 31. I love how the challenge gets me in the mood for Halloween every year.
RIP stands for Readers Imbibing Peril and there are many "perils" to choose from. I am going with:
Peril the First:Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (my very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be Stephen King or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming or Edgar Allan Poe…or anyone in between.
I know I can read 4 spooky books easily. Here's a photo of my potential books.
- The Man in the Picture (A Ghost Story) by Susan Hill
- The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
- More Maritime Mysteries by Bill Jesome
- 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
- Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie
- The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie
- Graveside Al by Alan Maitland
- The Legacy by Katherine Webb
- Drood by Dan Simmons (that's a Big One!)
- Uncle Silas by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (not shown). **I had to add this one after seeing it on so many participants' lists!**
I'm also going to take on:
Peril of the Short Story:I am a big fan of short stories and my desire for them is perhaps no greater than in autumn. I see Poe and Lovecraft in my future for sure. You can read short stories any time during the challenge. When I can, I like to read short stories over the weekend and post about them around that time. Feel free to do this however you want, but if you review short stories on your site, please link to those reviews on the Book Review site.
I've loaded up my ereader with a bunch of short stories from Project Gutenberg
- Curious, if True by Elizabeth Gaskell
- Edith Wharton (Afterward, The Eyes, The Debt, etc.)
- The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft
I plan on reading these as a break from Drood which is over 700 pages. Yikes! There's a peril for you!
I might be adding to this whole list yet. I like to read whatever strikes my fancy.
How about you? Will you join us? Grab a sweater, your favorite hot beverage and a candy apple or two, head for a cozy spot with a spooky book and settle in with us for the season.