Thursday, August 27, 2009

R.I.P. Challenge IV

For the first time this year, I am going to be participating in Carl's R.I.P. (Readers Imbibing Peril) Challenge. This is the fourth year of the challenge and it's one that many readers love. Last year I did my own spooky reading and made of list of some of my favorite books from my shelves but this year I'm going to use this time to clear some titles from my TBR piles. Here are Carl's rules --

There are two simple goals to the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge:

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

As I do each and every year, there are multiple levels of participation that allow you to be a part of R.I.P. IV without adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives.
R.I.P. IV officially runs from September 1st through October 31st. But lets go ahead and break the rules. Lets start today!!!

I am going to be participating in

Read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.

I came up with an incredibly long list of possible books as I sorted my TBR stacks today. Though I only need four books for the challenge, I will try and read as many of these as possible in the next two months.

The Angel Maker by Stefan Brijs
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber
The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein by Thomas and Dorothy Hoobler
Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes
In A Glass Darkly by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
The Unburied by Charles Palliser
The Dracula Dossier by James Reese
The Fig Eater by Jody Shields
Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott
The House at Midnight by Lucie Whitehouse
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale

and books of short stories ...
The Ghost Stories of Muriel Spark
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler
The Mammoth Book of Dickensian Whodunnits edited by Mike Ashley

And if I'm not satisfied with these books I own, I also have the following books on my library list --
Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor
Darling Jim by Christian Moerk
Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death by Deborah Blum
The House of Lost Souls by F.G. Cottam
Death at the Priory: Love, Sex, and Murder in Victorian England by James Ruddick
The Professor's Daughter by Joann Sfarr and Emmanuel Guibert
Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson by Lyndsay Faye
A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle

Does anyone want to recommend anything from my lists? Any of these books that you love? I'm sure I will read the Palliser book and the Muriel Spark and Joe Hill stories. Otherwise, it's up in the air.

Loving the fall reading season,


  1. i have come upon the Book of Air and Shadows a few times and would like to read some reviews on that one!

    you have so many to choose from!!! (this is a good thing!)

  2. So many wonderful books to choose from! I'm so glad you are joining in this year and I hope you enjoy both the challenge and what you choose to read for it.

    I've always wondered about that Charles Palisar book. I read Quincunx 20 years ago (I remember that because I read it during parts of our Honeymoon) and loved it. Haven't ever bothered to read anything else written by him though and I'm unsure why.

    In a Glass Darkly is a book I have on my Amazon wishlist. I've enjoyed the few short stories I've read by Le Fanu.

    Thanks again for being a part of this challenge this year. :)

  3. DesLily - Gruber is also a local author from here in Seattle so I really want to get to that one.

    Carl - I really liked Quincunx too so I'm excited about The Unburied. And if I can read In a Glass Darkly, it counts for my Well-Read challenge as well so I should really try to get that one read as well. It's short so I don't see a problem. So glad to be a part of the spooky crew this year!

    Gautami - I hope you find something interesting on my list! I seem to have chosen books that are quite a bit different from yours.

  4. Such a great selection of books to choose from! The only one from the whole list that I've read is The Turn of the Screw, which I didn't really care for, but don't listen to me as lots of people like it.
    I'm planning to read A Fine and Private Place for the challenge, and am really looking forward to it.