Saturday, September 4, 2010

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril V

"It is time to celebrate things that go bump in the night; that favorite detective that always gets his man, or woman, in the end; that delicious chill of a creak on the stairs, of the rogue waiting in the dark, of the full moon and the flit of bats wings."   Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings

Oh my!!
I've been waiting for this challenge since the first time I stumbled on a book blog.
Blog after blog mentioned the RIP challenges...I finally connected the dots and found my way to Carl's blog, where this annual event takes place.

I feel like Yukon Cornelius!
Is is wrong to be excited about a creepy, dark and twisty book challenge?
Oh well.

I have been a lover of dark and twisty since I can remember.
When I was a youngster I couldn't get my hands on enough material about the Salem Witch Trials and vampire lore.
Let me clarify here that I am not a lover of crazy psychopath cut people up in as many ways as you can think of stuff.
That's just a copout.
It takes a lot more talent to spook someone with the words you choose or even the images that leave more to the imagination than shoving blood, guts and sharp objects down someone's throat (and I mean that literally as well as figuratively).
A gothic novel to me leaves a chill up my spine and is complicated.
The obvious enemy is not always the enemy.
I can see the fog lifting over the water or through the cemetery.
But, there's a beauty to the scene that matches the anticipation of what's behind the next tombstone.
OOOHHHH, I can't wait!!

I like paranormal as well as other contemporary creepy stories as well as my beloved classics.  
I've read all of Anita Blake so far, the original Anne Rice vampire and witches series and am a True Blood addict!
Ahem, I realize I just spent a paragraph defending my honor about not watching violent stuff and I just admitted to reading violent stuff...
cough, cough.

I've decided to go for the gold and participate in Peril the First (4 books over the next two months).  The books must fall into one of the following categories:

Dark Fantasy

Carl's goals for this 5th annual RIP (R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril) challenge are simply:

1.  Have fun reading.
2.  Share that fun with others.

Other bloggers have been talking about several selections that I can now justify pushing to the top of my TBR pile:

Yes, I realize this is more than 4 books...but every time I read someone else's list, I find something else I want to add ;)

Carl has also added Peril on the Screen...I bet I can get my kids to hold my hands and watch these with per weekend perhaps?

Go on over to Carl's and sign up!!


  1. oh my gosh!you are in for such treats!!! The Thirteenth Tale is fabulous! So is the Historian! ..and needless to say REbecca is a classic!

    and Silence of the Lambs.. gosh, I cant count how many times I've watched that movie!

    great great list! Have fun!

  2. GREAT list of books. I absolutely LOVE Rebecca, The Thirteenth Tale and anything by Shirley Jackson. I enjoyed Dracula - and I am very much looking forward to reading The Historian. It should be a GREAT two months!

  3. Sounds like you found the perfect challenge for you!! I felt like you did last year .. I saw everyone doing this challenge and it seemed like such fun so I knew I had to do it this year. Such a fun challenge ... but I know what you mean about getting a bit out of control in the books you want to read for it! Have fun!

  4. Ooooh..don't read while home alone late at night! LOL! of my faves.

  5. Oh wow, those all look like good choices. I just picked up The Historian from the library this very afternoon. Not sure if I want to dive into it after I finish my current read or wait until it is a bit closer to October.

    Glad you are joining in. Loved reading your "justification"...I can relate.

  6. You have selected some excellent books for this challenge --ENJOY

  7. The Thirteenth Tale is really really good! I really must reread it at some point. :)

  8. Just wanted to let you know that I mentioned you and your blog in my blog post today. I hope you don't mind :)

  9. so many of the other commenters here, I can highly recommend The Thirteenth Tale - it was captivating. As was Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I rarely read books twice, but these two I wouldn't hesitate to read again!