RIP is back!

RIP or R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII is here!!!

I’m excited!

I guess you can tell that by the exclamation marks.

Anyway, as Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings explains:

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

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

So once again I am going with 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.

And it feels like I’ve been unconsciously reading towards this event, racking up quite a few Sherlock Holmes stories like The Hound of the Baskervilles and the surprisingly creepy Cold Earth by Sarah Moss, where a team of archaeologists on a dig in Greenland face the inhospitable landscape, terrifying dreams and a worldwide catastrophe. Plus I have been (ahem) re-watching Buffy and watching Fringe with the husband (at night, which isn’t the best of ideas).

At any rate, I’ve read those books already so they probably don’t count.

Instead, I’m thinking of reading:


Talulla Rising – Glen Duncan (I quite enjoyed The Last Werewolf)

My Cousin Rachel – Daphne du Maurier (there is always a need to read a du Maurier)

The Woman in Black – Susan Hill (I say this again and again but this year is the year I am actually reading this book)

The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters (this is a readalong hosted by The Estella Society)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

The Apothecary – Maile Meloy (I saw this in the children’s section at the library a few months ago and thought it sounded interesting – plus it has a great cover)

I’m sure more books will find their way onto my list, but that’s it for now!

I should add that RIP VII runs from September 1st through October 31st. Let the creepy reading begin!


    1. Good to know! I was at first intending to see about an ebook version but perhaps because of the pictures I ought to try the dead tree type.


  1. Ah, great list of potential reads. I loved Miss Peregrine and hope you enjoy that. And I agree with Grace, the pictures add just the right element of eerieness to the story. Daphne du Maurier just screams ‘gothic’, so she is always a perfect choice. I’m glad you are doing The Little Stranger with us! And I’ve been meaning to read The Woman in Black for the past few years and I have a feeling I’m going to end up watching the film adaptation for RIP this year. Thanks so much for joining in!!!


  2. Argh, I’m seeing quite a few people joining RIP VII 😉 But I’ve got way too much on my reading plate that I can’t possibly join this one as well. Hmm, I may pick up an eerie book or two in October, we’ll see.

    Enjoy your scary choices 🙂 I’m looking forward to your review of My Cousin Rachel. I’ve got Rebecca & The Loving Spirit planned and I think a few others are reading Jamaica Inn. Hurray for du Maurier 😀


    1. I’ve only read Rebecca once but I so want to reread it. And own my own copy. Du Maurier has written some fascinating stories, and hopefully My Cousin Rachel is one of those too.


  3. Oooh, yay! I really enjoyed My Cousin Rachel – persevere with the slower parts, it gets better and better as it goes on! I’m looking forward to Tallula Rising but I don’t think I’ll get hold of it for a while yet; in happier news, I have Miss Peregrine, The Little Stranger and The Woman in Black on my R.I.P. pile too… Happy (and scary) reading!


  4. And you actually DID read it too (the Susan Hill novel)! Look at you, striking all those titles off your TBR list. 🙂
    Enjoy the rest of your reading for this event: such fun!


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