Wednesday, September 01, 2010

R.I.P. V Challenge!

It's almost autumn and that means ... time for the Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge!!! This is the fifth year in a row that Carl V. has hosted this reading that focuses on what he refers to as a "very broad definition of scary." Reading that fits into the R.I.P. Challenge would be:

Dark Fantasy

I especially appreciate Carl's very simple rules for the Challenge:

Have fun reading
Share that fun with others

I will be joining two Perils this year:

This peril involves reading one book that fits within the R.I.P. definition.

This peril involves reading short stories that fit within the R.I.P. definition.

Here is my potential list of reads to draw from:

Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin
(Fevre Dream would be a re-read. I believe it to be one of the best vampire novels ever!)
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Any of the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
(Yeah. I read this every year. I guess it's a bit of a ritual for me. Nothing says "October" like this book!)

Short Stories
Nocturnes by John Connolly
The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre by John Polidori
Tales of Mystery & Macabre by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Virago Book of Ghost Stories
(I bought The Virago Book of Ghost Stories last year from the gift and book shop at The Huntington Library. I visit The Huntington each October for my birthday and then run amok in the book shop after having tea at the Tea Room. This is yet another October ritual of mine. And I am really looking forward to this year's trip!)

The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler

You too can join the R.I.P. fun!


  1. YAY.....glad to see you joined as well. This is my favorite challenge. Have fun Terri

  2. What a superstar list of authors! Great list! Thanks for joining in on RIP V, it is really great to have you and I hope you have fun with whatever you read.

  3. OH! I have the same non-fiction book still to read. I should try to get to it myself.

  4. Oh I totally agree that nothing says October like some Bradbury :) Have you ever read The Halloween Tree? I absolutely adore that book! It was the next Bradbury that I read after Something Wicked and just fell in love with it! And I've been wanting to read Fevre Dream for awhile now! I forgot about that one!! Just love your list :)

  5. Wonderful list. I might check out a few from this.

    Do check out the books I already read for RIP V. Also you will find my tentative read list.

  6. Hill House! Something Wicked This Way Comes! The Book of Lost Things! Gaskell! You have such great reading ahead of you :D

  7. I read The Book of Lost Things during Carl's Once Upon a Time Challenge last year and LOVED it! Hope you enjoy it too!

  8. Bibliophile: Thanks! I look forward to seeing your reviews.

    Melanie: I hope you do read it! It would be fun to know someone else is reading it too. I meant to read this one last year, but didn't get to it.

    Chris: I actually have not read Halloween Tree, and I know I have it in the collection, but it is currently hiding. I hope to find it. Soon! Ooooo ... I hope you read Fevre Dream. I'd love to see what you think.

    guatami: I'm on my way over!

    Nymeth: I KNOW!!! Can you hear me squeeing all the way from here? :o)

  9. Stephanie: I really hope I like that one!

  10. Horray for R.I.P.! I really want to get my hands on some ghost stories soon so I can leap into the challenge.

  11. Nothing says October to me like The Haunting of Hill House! That's an annual read for me, like your Bradbury. I've shamefully never read Something Wicked This Way Comes, so I need to rectify that situation. Happy reading to you!

  12. Something Wicked This Way Comes is on my RIP list - for a first time read. I am looking forward to it.

  13. Have fun with the challenge, Terri! I'm joining in too. I'm not being too ambitious this time and chose PERIL THE SECOND. LOL

  14. Oh, that's a really lovely list - I want to read Something Wicked again (I know we have a copy somewhere, but where? In a dark and dusty corner, I bet...)

  15. I LOVED The Book of Lost Things; hope you will, too. Have fun with your wonderful list.

  16. I'm thinking of joining this. Everybody has such great lists up! :)


  17. I have never heard of that particular book by George Martin. I might have to look into it, though!

  18. This challenge looks like it will be so much fun. I can't believe I didn't put The Book of Lost Things on my list! And I see you have Jim Butcher there. I'm hoping maybe this will help me dive back into the series. I've missed it and I'm so behind now.

    You have a copy of The Virago Book of Ghost Stories too! Yay! I am looking forward to diving into that one too. I just have to find my copy in my TBR room. :-S

    Good luck with the challenge, Terri!

  19. I love George R. R. Martin, and I didn't even know he wrote a vampire novel. I've been reading the Fire and Ice series...slowly! I read The Book of Lost Things and Something Wicked This Way Comes several years ago for the RIP, and I much preferred the later. Myself. Although, that would put me in a minority I suspect.