“Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we’ve lived. After all Number One, we’re only mortal.”
~Jean Luc Picard
It feels like just days ago that I began reading for the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings. Over the course of two months, a group of readers and bloggers gathered to read spooky, mysterious, or otherwise dark stories to set the mood for fall.
Of course, I didn’t read everything that I’d planned. I still have a copy of Drood sitting on my shelf saying “Read me! Read me!” I still haven’t gotten as far as Cthulhu in the volume of H.P. Lovecraft that is sitting beside my bed. Even so, I’ve still read some amazing books for R.I.P. during the past two months.
Two of the books that I read for R.I.P. were read as parts of group reads. I love group reading because it allows for some great discussions, and we all come away from the books with a greater sense of perspective. Deborah Lawrenson’s The Lantern made for a great Gothic read, and the author even joined us for some dialogue. I also was introduced to Neil Gaiman’s writing during a readalong of “Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders.” It was great to be able to read the book in small pieces, as there was so much to discuss about each story or poem!
I only got around to reading two individual books, unfortunately, one of which I still need to finish. Even so, I would highly recommend Clive Barker’s Weaveworld, which is an excellent example of dark fantasy that reminded me of a more nightmarish version of Narnia. Seriously, Clive Barker’s writing is phenomenal, and you should all read this. It’s that good. The second book, which I have yet to finish, was a volume of H.P. Lovecraft’s stories. I still plan on finishing this before the library demands its book back.
To get a feel for what everyone else read for the challenge, you can check out the R.I.P. VI Review Site. A lot of the books that people read looked quite interesting!