It’s that time of year again! From Sept. 1-Oct 31, Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings hosts the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril challenge.
R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII focuses on reading novels from the following genres to set the mood for fall and Halloween: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, Supernatural, and anything otherwise creepy.
As far as reading ideas go, I’ve been saving up some books for a while now. Here’s what I have to choose from, in no particular order:
- “Freak” by Jennifer Hiller – Generally I don’t read thrillers, but I won this one in a Name That Author contest over at BookRiot, and it seems like a good place to start.
- “The Twelve” by Jasper Kent – Russian history paired with vampires. I’ve been impatiently waiting to read this one because I wanted to wait to review it till RIP. It seems like the perfect book for me.
- “Ironskin” by Tina Connoly – A re-telling of Jane Eyre, but with more fae.
- “Ripper” by Amy Carol Reeves – YA novel about Jack the Ripper. Buahahaha!
- “Drood” by Dan Simmons – I didn’t get to this one during last year’s challenge, so maybe this year will work out better.
- “Galilee” and/or “Imajica” by Clive Barker – I read Barker’s Weaveworld last year and was very impressed with his writing. Clive Barker is a horror writer who also dabbles in dark fantasy.
- “Lucretia and the Kroons” by Victor LaValle – Horror novella that I picked up from Netgalley. It appears to be a nightmarish tale of two children who discover a shadowland.
- “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” – This was the book that everyone was reading during last year’s RIP, but I didn’t get a chance to pick it up from the library/bookstore. Luckily, I now have a copy sitting on my Kindle, and I hope to read it this year.
- “The Dirty Streets of Heaven” by Tad Williams – Urban fantasy involving angels, demons, and body-snatching.
- “The City & The City” by China Mieville – Another one that I’ve been saving for a while.
- “The Vampire Lestat” by Anne Rice – I love Anne Rice’s writing, even though her vampires are a wee bit emo.
- “The Spindlers” by Lauren Oliver – Spiders that abscond with children and steal their souls. It seems like it might have a Neil Gaiman-like aesthetic to it.
- “Splendors and Glooms” by Laura Amy Schlitz – Victorian Gothic about children being kidnapped. There are also puppets.
Mind you, these are all rather loose ideas; I probably won’t get to all of them, but it’s a starting point and gives you a general idea of what I have to choose from. It’s also not an exhaustive list, but rather the books on my shelf that seemed to jump out at me and shout “It’s RIP time again!” Just from glancing at my list, evil creatures stealing children seems to be a bit of a theme.
This year’s RIP also includes two groupreads. The first is of “The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters, and it begins right away. The signup is here and the first posting should be around Sept. 10. The second readalong is Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book,” which begins in October. I’m definitely participating in the Gaiman readalong. I’m leaning towards doing “The Little Stranger” as well, but I’m not 100% decided because I am scheduled to participate in two blog tours at the end of the month and don’t want to overburden myself too much. C’mon, somebody be a bad influence and convince me!
Has anyone read any of these, and if so, what did you think? What are you looking forward to reading this fall?