RIP Challenge 6: It's Time

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:

Carl says,

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.

Shown are 
  • 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.


  1. You've got some great reading, especially when it comes to your short stories!

  2. What a great list! I highly, highly recommend Drood - massive but really engrossing.

    Happy reading!

  3. Great list! The only one I've read is Drood - it's very atmospheric, so a good choice for RIP!

  4. This will be my first year participating, and I am looking forward to it. I love a good Gothic and creepy read during the cooler months.

  5. Oh you got my favorite mystery maven, Agatha Christie! Yay!

    I'll be curious to see what you think of Drood as well.

    Best of luck with RIP, reading this makes me want to hop out of my seat, go home and make a pile. :-)

  6. Ohhhhhh... everytime I see someone has Drood in their pile I get jealous and wish I could read it for the first time all over again! I totally loved that book. and that book made me try Wilke Collins who I now love his books! I hope you read it and enjoy it!

  7. LOVE the photo of your book pile! Very creepy! Happy reading!

  8. Nice selection of books. I really liked how you took the photo of books with special peril type lighting....spooky. :-)

  9. Great choice of books - sounds like I need to check out Drood for my list....and Uncle Silas. I have Le Fanu's Carmilla on mine.

    Happy reading!

  10. Lola- I love a good spooky short story.

    Kathy- Thanks!

    Kate & Helen- I'm intimidated by the size but I really want to read it.

    Natalie- Welcome! It's so much fun!

    April- I've been going through a Christie kick.

    DesLily- I love Wilkie too. The Woman in White is so good.

    Stephanie & Lena- Thanks! I love to play around with my photo editor.

    Cat- Don't tempt me with more books! lol

  11. Drood! That's one I definitely need to get to at some point.

    Love this time of year!

  12. I really should be reading Drood, too, but it is just so big...

  13. I have seen a lot of people mentioning Drood. I might have to look at that for next year. I have to many on my list right now. I love RIP.

  14. Aha! a bit of a Susan Hill binge too - she can really do seriously scary. I've just read two of her Ian Serrailler mysteries one after the other - once I'd finished the first I just couldn't resist the second :-)

  15. Elizabeth Gaskell does some great short stories, too. Have fun!

  16. so excited for this year.

    Glad that you are tackling Drood--- I tackled The Last Dickens (by the Matthew Pearl) last year and really, super enjoyed it.

    As well as reading this year, I am re-visiting a ton of Sherlock Holmes adaptations on television and in film for RIP Peril on the Screen--- hope some people are into talking some sherlock! :-)

  17. Oooo great list!! I've been wanting to read Drood too. I even read the Dickens story a while ago in preparation. But the chunkiness of it is a bit daunting.

  18. Kelly & Amanda2- Yes, the size keeps me putting off reading it. But this year I'm going to do it!

    Amanda1- I do too!

    Nulaanne- Check back and see what I thought of it.

    Cat- I had planned on Woman in White but once I got to the library I couldn't resist the second.

    Trish- Can't wait to try them out.

    Rachel- I would watch Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock again!

  19. I'll be reading non-fic about Agatha Christie this year but I would love to revisit some old favorites too. Maybe I can sneak one in! Awesome list!

  20. I've only read one book by Agatha Christie, and your list makes me want to read more. Also, I've heard so many good things about The Woman in Black, so I'm looking forward to your thoughts on that one. :)

  21. GAWD! Look at Drood! LOL..that's one I really want to read, but it's just too damn big for me, lol.


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