Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings has issued the RIP Challenge: Readers Imbibing Peril. His definition of books that meet the challenge is very broad. Anything that gives that things-that-go-bump-in-the-night chill. Gothic stories, horror, atmospheric mysteries, thrillers, dark fantasy--whatever you associate with fall and the eeriness you can sometimes feel in the air.
There are many levels to choose from, and I'm having a hard time choosing. I'm going to go with Peril the First: Read 4 books that fit the theme. This should be pretty easy. Last year, I dedicated the entire month of October to reading books that I thought fit in with Halloween. (So Christopher Moore isn't scary. He's got vampires. That's good enough for me.) Books I might read this year:
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
- Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey (werewolves!)
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Incidentally, are nook owners recognizing most of these titles? Several of them have been offered free recently and I downloaded them with October in mind.
I thought about Peril on the Screen also, but I decided I was kidding myself. I am a wimp about scary movies! My poor husband has to make do with cheesy scary kids' movies at Halloween! Although I do like Hitchcock, and his movies would certainly fit the bill. Hmmm....
If this sounds like your kind of thing, head on over and sign up! The challenge lasts from September 1 to October 31, 2010.
Books/stories read for the challenge:
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Ruined by Paula Morris
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
"The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe
I've also signed up for Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon on October 9. This will be my first readathon! They're always on weekends when I'm busy and I work nights through the week. October 9 is actually my anniversary, so I thought I would miss out on this one too, then I realized I'll be flying all day. So don't expect updates, but I'll be reading my little heart out over the Atlantic! Wish me luck! If you'll have the time, go sign up! I understand there are prizes involved!
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