9/05/2012 09:01:00 AM

During my blog visits today, I ran across a post from one of my fellow bloggers who is participating in the R.I.P. (Readers Imbibing Peril) VII reading challenge fun post over at Carl's Stainless Steel Droppings blog.  I HAD to join in! 

From the blog:

The purpose of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII is to enjoy books and movies/television that could be classified (by you) as:

Dark Fantasy.

Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.

I have removed the word “challenge” from this event because it has never really fit. “Challenge” was the lingo back when I first discovered book blogs thus its previous addition to the reading events I host. While I don’t have any personal grudge against folks challenging themselves to read a certain number of books, or books outside their comfort zone, this event is primarily about the great pleasure that can be found in embracing this type of fiction/non-fiction during this season of the year. 

There are two simple goals for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII

1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others

There are different levels, two group reads (one for September, one for October), even a level for those who'd rather watch the terror/mystery/thrills on screen.

The level I chose:

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.

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, and some Angela Carter. 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 Review Site.

The books I'm choosing from (click the covers for the Goodreads page):

Shivers VI edited by Richard Chizmar

Dracula in Love by Karen Essex

Everville by Clive Barker

Abandon by Blake Crouch

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Shirley Jackson:  Novels and Stories

OK, so I'll have to buy those last two, but, well, the sacrifices we make for a good read!  :)  Seriously, I have heard nothing but love for Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box and it has been on my wishlist forEVER.  Shirley Jackson - well, need I say more (other than this - I have not read any of her titles .. I don't think ... I may recall reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle, but it was so long ago that I can't be certain).  The book I'm buying contains The Lottery (a collection of shorts), The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and more, all put together by Joyce Carol Oates!  I can't wait for it to get here!

R.I.P. VII runs from September 1st through October 31st, so click the link and join in!

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  1. I signed up for this one one year and then remembered what a reading coward I am. I need the equivalent of Caspar the Friendly Ghost in order to participate again. LOL!

  2. I'm a huge Shirley Jackson fan, so I hope you lover her as much as I do.

  3. Wonderful to have you joining us for RIP! Your choices look great, I do hope you enjoy whatever you manage to read for the event.

    And Kristen, I recommend Anya's Ghost, a graphic novel by Vera Brosgol. It won't scare you but is still perfect for this time of year. :)


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