Welcome friends. We are about to embark on a dark journey. R.I.P. IV has begun so grab a candle and your spookiest book. Let us begin. *cue wicked laugh*
Carl V. is hosting his fourth year of the Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge. I haven't missed one yet and I don't plan to miss it this year either. Go to Stainless Steel Droppings to learn how you can join(you know you want to). This year I chose Peril the Second.
Peril the Second is a commitment to read at least 2 books that fit into the category of mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, horror or supernatural. Basically anything creepy will do. And, because Carl V. is a cool guy who understands that his challenge buddies can also be commitment challenged, he is letting us choose from a pool of books instead of listing the two books I like now only to change my mind later. So here is my pool:
The House of Dies Drear
The Woman in White
The Turn of the Screw
The Murder of Helen Jewitt
House of Sand and Fog
The Ghost Writer
Not only do we get to freak ourselves out with these lengthy books(some of these are extremely thick) but we also may participate in the Short Story Peril. For this section I have the following options:
Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen
The Complete Stories of Poe
The Stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann (a contemporary of Poe)
I have enjoyed the R.I.P. Challenge every year and expect the same this year.
*cue freaky organ music* "Hurry baaaack. Hurry baaaack. Be sure to bring you death certificate if you decide to join us."