September has this way of sneaking up on me. I always tell myself at the end of the RIP challenge to be better prepared for next year’s, and once again, I’m surprised by all the RIP VIII posts on my blog reader! And so it is on this suitably gloomy morning that I present my RIP VIII post.

So once again, RIP is on!

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.

And I’m joining 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.

This year I’d like to try out some new-to-me writers

And here’s the pool:

A Place of Execution – Val McDermid
Indemnity Only – Sara Paretsky
Heart Shaped Box – Joe Hill (I loved his Locke and Key graphic novel series but have yet to read his novels)
Niceville – Carsten Stroud
The last policeman – Ben H Winters
Alice in Zombieland – Gena Showalter
Aunty Lee’s delights: a Singaporean mystery – Ovidia Yu
The ghost bride – Yangsze Choo

Not new-to-me authors

A Grave Talent (Kate Martinelli #1) – Laurie R King (I’m a fan of her Mary Russell series, and am curious about this series set in SF)
A monster calls – Patrick Ness
Joyland – Stephen King
The accursed – Joyce Carol Oates
Tales of Terror from the Tunnel’s Mouth – Chris Priestley
Mister Creecher – Chris Priestley
Burning your boats : the collected short stories – Angela Carter


And probably more to come! Can’t wait!


  1. Alice in Zombieland has a gorgeous cover…too bad I’m not much fond of zombies! Mister Creecher is the only one on your list I’ve read–I enjoyed it a lot, though I was conflicted about the ending. I’ll be curious to see your thoughts if you end up reviewing it!


  2. Yes, some very yummy looking books there. I think I may try to get to Joyland myself as I was not successful in doing so for my Summer Reading…at least not yet, summer is still here.

    That cover for the Joyce Carol Oates book looks great.

    So glad you are joining us and hope your plan to try out some new authors ends up being a great success.


  3. Oh, you’ve got Niceville on your stack too: I’m curious about it (and its sequel) and its author’s other works. Joyland was one of my favourite summer reads, and it has a real summer-feel to it (mainly because it begins with a young man looking for a summer job). Great for early RIP reading. It also inspired me to read (well, I thought I was re-reading, actually, but now doubt that I actually read it) The Shining. King tells great stories. *happy sigh*


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