RIP Challenge VI


What the heck? Where did the time go? Wasn’t I just doing my very first challenge ever, RIP III, like, ten minutes ago? My goodness!

So, I’m feeling old. Let’s replace that with feeling spooked! The rules are the same as ever:

“The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:

Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural.

The emphasis is never on the word challenge, instead it is about coming together as a community and embracing the autumnal mood, whether the weather is cooperative where you live or not.”

Listen to that Carl. What a hippie! I think what he means is that this challenge is about reading ALL THE BOOKS.

In that spirit, I will be going balls-out this year, because I can. I’m hopping on board with Peril the First, which involves reading four books. Four! I could (not) do that in my sleep (because I would be sleeping). I’m also going to watch some more Hitchcock for Peril on the Screen, and try to do reviews again like I did last year. New to me this year will be Peril of the Short Story, for which I will nom some Poe because it has been waaaay too long, and that will cross over with Peril of the Group Read, for which I will be reading along with many others through Fragile Things (a set of Gaiman short stories) and The Lantern.

What? Don’t look at me like that.

Anyway, here’s what I’m looking forward to imbibing this year; as always, if you want to recommend any awesome items (or things that you want me to read so you don’t have to), leave such recommendations in the comments!

Giant pile o’ books (* means things I added to the pile during the challenge):
Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (Someday I will actually read this.)
A Fine and Private Place, by Peter S. Beagle
Raising Stony Mayhall, by Daryl Gregory
The Edinburgh Dead, by Brian Ruckey
The Postmortal, by Drew Magary
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson (on audio) (Review)
The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James (on audio) (Review)
Overture to Death, by Ngaio Marsh (on audio) (Review)
The Lantern, by Deborah Lawrenson (readalong — Part 1.Part 2.Part 3.Summary)
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (for my book club)
*Death Note Vol. 8, by Tsugumi Ohba (Review)
*Thinner, by Richard Bachman (Review)
*The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern (Review)
*Black Plumes, by Margery Allingham (Review)
*The Unwritten Vol. 1, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Review)
*The Unwritten Vol. 2, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Review)
*The Unwritten Vol. 3, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Review)

Medium-sized pile of short stories:
All things Poe
Zombies vs. Unicorns, ed. Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (already started)
These Children Who Come at You With Knives, by Jim Knipfel
Fragile Things, by Neil Gaiman (readalong — Part 1.Part 2.Part 3.Part 4.Part 5.Part 6.Part 7.Part 8, Summary)
Full Dark, No Stars, by Stephen King (also for my book club) (Review)

Tiny pile of movies:
Um, Hitchcock?
*North by Northwest (Review)

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18 thoughts on “RIP Challenge VI

  1. Laura Ansley says:

    I just read a new book called “Before I Go to Sleep” about a women whose memory resets every night as she sleeps, “50 First Dates” style. She starts to write down things from day to day and realizes that her husband has been lying to her about things. It's more suspense than mystery, but you may like it.

  2. Carl V. says:

    LOL, I don't think I've ever been called a 'hippie' before. I'm moving up in the world.

    Glad to hear that you are excited about the challenge. Your list looks great. And yes, it was only about 10 minutes ago that RIP III was going on. Not sure where time goes.

    I always recommend The Thirteenth Tale, but you may have already read that.

    Happy to see you taking part in the group reads.

  3. redhead says:

    Carl is a hippie, i almost snorted coffee out my nose when I read that! lol!

    I hope you like Knipfel's These Children who Come at you with Knives. I read it on a lark last year, and I like it, but it's so very strange and dark and creepy, I'm not sure if it's for everyone.

    If you don't feel like you've got enough short stories, Jeff Vandermeer's recent short story collection The Third Bear is wonderfully dark and creepy.

  4. Alison says:

    Carl: I see you for the feel-good tree-hugger you are!

    Stephanie: Excellent! I am quite excited for these readalongs, as I've not tried them before.

    Andrea: I'm glad it was only almost! And I also picked up Knipfel's book on a lark, so I'm hoping it's good! And and, I will definitely add Vandermeer to my list.

    Kate: I am in the middle of Turn of the Screw right now! It's pretty good so far, though I don't remember from reading it that it was this slooow.

    All: I have read and enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale, and I do recommend it to others looking for a good RIP read! And I really don't see myself getting around to Rebecca this year, but if I put it on the list I can at least pretend I tried. 😀

  5. Amy says:

    Might I suggest some Hitchcock? I love Rear Window and North by Northwest; Also Vertigo. Not so much The Birds, but it is a wicked creepy short story if you want to add that to your list.

  6. Cari says:

    I have to also say you'd love Before I Go to Sleep. I knocked it out in 3 hours. Good luck on the challenge – you've got a good bunch of books there!

  7. Alison says:

    Chris — I am so behind on my Hitchcock… I've seen Rear Window and Psycho, but possibly nothing else? I always get a feeling when I'm reading creepy-ish stories (especially for RIP) that I am missing out on a Hitchcock reference or four.

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