Monday, September 1, 2014

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX

Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings hosts this one every Fall. Since this is my favorite time of year for reading, mostly focusing on the scary genres, I simply must sign up for this every year. And check out the amazing artwork this year! I mean, Poe...I'm over the moon!

Here are a few words from Carl about the challenge:

Nine years ago [NINE?!?! Inconceivable!!!] I became aware of reading challenges and wanted to start one of my own, hoping to find others who shared my Autumnal predilection for the works of Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker and other authors contemporary and classic who captured the spirit of gothic literature. All these years later we are still going strong, welcoming September with a time of coming together to share our favorite mysteries, detective stories, horror stories, dark fantasies, and everything in between.

Dark Fantasy.

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.

R.I.P. IX officially runs from September 1st through October 31st and has a few rules:

1. Have fun reading (and watching).
2. Share that fun with others.

As I do 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 too many other commitments) but want to participate all the same.

Here are the levels I'm doing:

Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature.

Since I will be doing a lot of spooky reading this season, I figure I can swing four (or more) books.

  • The House of Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne (I'm hosting a read-a-long during Castle Macabre's Gothic September.
  • An English Ghost Story, Kim Newman
  • Floats the Dark Shadow, Yvey Fey (on audio)
  • horror novel, yet to be determined by TuesBookTalk poll
  • Picture the Dead, Adele Griffin
  • I might try to host a read-a-long of one of Anne Rice's Vampire chronicles books in October (to go along with my Never-Ending Anne Rice Challenge). I'm thinking either Memnoch the Devil or The Vampire Armand.

  • The essential Edgar Allan Poe stories, poems, biography (on audio)

  • I already started this one yesterday! I saw As Above So Below. It was SO good! I might try to do a write up on it at Castle Macabre.
  • Dracula Untold
  • Annabelle
  • Horns
  • And whatever other horror films I can get my hands on!
  • I've already been watching The Strain on FX (great show!) and Intruders started last week on BBC America. Also, looking forward to the new season of American Horror Story, Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow, etc.!


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