The Big 1-0: Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge


What trickier is this?! Andi and Heather hosting the RIP X Challenge? Why yes! The Estella Society is hosting this year’s Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge. The spookiest time of the year. As usual, I pick Peril the First


Peril the First: Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be King or Conan Doyle, Penny or Poe, Chandler or Collins, Lovecraft or Leroux…or anyone in between.
I have a list of six at the moment, but I always claim the right to add or subtract to it.

rip x reading list
  • House on the Borderlands by William Hope Hodgson
  • Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins
  • Ring by Koji Suzuki
  • The Last Man by Mary Shelley
  • Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due
  • Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino

I also have Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Ghostly Tales (Volume 1) ready for Peril the Short Story. I absolutely have to have some gothic frights for my RIP list!

I hope you’ll join in for a frightful couple of reading months! BOO!

*Artwork courtesy of Abigail Larson.


  1. Cool choices! I've got a Collins on my list too. You can never go wrong with Wilkie! Have a great reading season!

  2. Ooo, nice list! I'm familiar with all those authors, except Natsuo Kirino, though The Ring is the only novel I've read of the bunch. Good stuff all around, I'd venture.

  3. Peril the First! I hope I can hit that, but I've only committed to Peril the Second. Your list looks interesting - haven't read any of those titles, though I love Wilkie Collins. I thought about adding Mary Shelley's Transformation to my list and going for the Short Story Peril category, but we'll see.

  4. I have that collection of short stories in mind too; I've been ignoring it for too long already! Also a Ruth Rendell and there are 100 titles on my imaginary-read-all-day-and-night list, but I suppose I'll have to narrow that a little. Enjoy your choices!

  5. Enjoy the books! I haven't read any of these so I'll look to you to see if they are for me. :)

  6. I usually participate but think I'll pass this year. I'm going to be doing a lot of readathons already. Good luck with your goals, I'm sure you'll do great, one of the best times of the year for seasonal reading.


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