Sunday, August 31, 2014

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril / IX

Artwork for RIP/9 provided by Abigail Larson

Last day of August! How did that happen? My favorite season is drawing to a close, and I seem to dread the end of summer more and more every year. But there is this to cheer me up: At least the approach of autumn also means the start of one of my favorite annual reading events -- R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril (RIP, for short), hosted by Carl V. Anderson at Stainless Steel Droppings, and now in its ninth year. To read all about it and sign up, just visit the challenge announcement page HERE.

This year, I'm going for Peril the First -- read four books of any length that fit any of the RIP categories (Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, Supernatural) -- and Peril on the Screen as well.  Haven't really made any decisions about what I'll read or watch yet, but I have a few possibilities in mind for the reading peril:
  • The Blackhouse, by Peter May (first book in May's "Lewis" trilogy)
  • The Mist in the Mirror, by Susan Hill (classic ghost story by the author of The Woman in Black)
  • Mrs. Malory and a Necessary End, by Hazel Holt (the latest book in the Sheila Malory series of cozy mysteries)
  • Peter Pan Must Die, by John Verdon (the fourth book in his Dave Gurney mystery series)
  • This House is Haunted, by John Boyne (gothic goings-on revolving around a governess and her charges in a spooky Victorian mansion)
I'm also thinking about giving Peril of the Short Story a try. I've got several collections of short fiction in the ghost story/horror/suspense genre to sample from. This would be a first for me -- I've never tried this Peril before, and I'm looking forward to it.

During the run of the challenge, I'll be tracking my progress and keeping my reading/viewing lists over on my challenge blog (HERE).  Now, just need to get reading!


  1. oh man! there's more than one person who has "this house is haunted" and it's on my amazon wish list LOL.. so I hope to get lots of reviews to know if I should get it or not!! have fun!

  2. As someone who is completely the opposite (I'm always ready for Summer to get on its merry way to make room for Autumn) I'm happy that this community event can help ease the pain for you some. And of course Summer is still hanging on tenaciously at this point. Your book list looks great. I'm going to look up that Susan Hill book.

  3. I may add The Blackhouse to my list for R.I.P. also. Peter Pan must Die sounds interesting. I will watch for your reviews.

  4. I really liked The Blackhouse and plan on reading more in the series. This House is Haunted might make my RIP list; love Gothic, governesses, and Victorian mansions!

  5. I'm with Carl -- good riddance summer! If only that actually happened here in the Phoenix area. We won't get cooler temps until around December. Blech.

    Sounds like you've got some great reads lined up for this challenge. I haven't read any of them, so I'll be interested to see which of them you recommend.


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