I can’t believe fall is almost here. I’ll admit it, I’ll miss summer when the temperatures start falling, but there are some good things about fall – apple cider, pumpkin pie, lovely leaves, and, of course, Carl’s R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge, now in its 8th year.

September 1st is right around the corner.  It is time to begin. Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. Dark Fantasy. Gothic. Horror. Supernatural. Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.  That is what embodies the stories, written and visual, that we celebrate with the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event. 

As time has wound on he’s honed this event down to two simple rules:

1. Have fun reading (and watching).

2. Share that fun with others.

As he does each and every year, there are multiple levels of participation (Perils) that allow you to be a part of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril without adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives. There is even a one book only option for those who feel that this sort of reading is not their cup of tea (or who have many other commitments) but want to participate all the same.

R.I.P. VIII officially runs from September 1st through October 31st. But let’s go ahead and break the rules. Let’s start today!!!

To join in, head to Carl’s blog, Stainless Steel Droppings.

I’ll be participating in:

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: You can read short stories any time during the challenge. I tend to fit my darker fairy tales into this category in addition to the typical short spooky stories.

Peril on the Screen: This is for those of us that like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large. It might be a television show, like Dark Shadows or Midsomer Murders, or your favorite film.

My tentative reading/listening list:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Light in a Dark House by Jan Costin Wagner

The books/stories I’ve actually read:

Five Ring Circus by Jon Cleary

The Good Thief’s Guide to Berlin by Chris Ewan

Inferno by Dan Brown

“Sweetheart Roland”

The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen

The French Powder Mystery by Ellery Queen

The Bear Pit by Jon Cleary

“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louise Stevenson

And shows/movies I’ve watched:

Sleepy Hollow

You can find the links to everyone’s reviews on the Review Site.


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