The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, or Supernatural.
There are multiple levels of participation (Perils):
Peril of the Fiction – Read books of any length that fit the definition of R.I.P. literature.
Peril of the Short Story – Read short stories any time during the challenge.
Peril of the Real – Read any true tales of horror.
Peril of the Listen – Listen to RIP-related audiobooks, podcasts, and music.
Peril on the Screen – This is for those of us who like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious, Gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large.
Peril of the Group Read – During the month of October, there will be a group read of Shirley Jackson’s The Sundial.
Readers Imbibing Peril Bingo:
This year, I’ll be doing Peril of the Fiction, Peril of the Listen, Peril on the Screen, Peril of the Group Read, and trying to get a Bingo. I might also add in a bit of Peril of the Short Story if I decide to pick up one of the short story collections on my TBR. I’ve got a huge list of books on Goodreads for me to choose from for this event, the Something Wicked Fall challenge, the month-long FrightFall Readathon, and the 24-Hour Readathon happening in October.
Are you participating in #RIPXVI or reading any spooky reads over the next couple of months? Leave a comment!
The FrightFall readathon starts on September 1st and is running all the way through the end of October! I’m excited for that because it looks like RIP no longer exists.
There’s only one “rule” for FrightFall, and that is at least one scary book (thriller, mystery, Gothic, etc.) has to be read during the readathon. Since that’s pretty much the only kind of books I read during this time of year, I’m good to go.
FrightFall is also a part of #SomethingWickedFall, and this year it includes a read-along of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. I’ve had this book on my TBR for years, so I’m looking forward to finally reading it. The focus is on Gothic fiction during September and Horror during October, so I’ve divided up my TBR stack accordingly.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Jackaby by William Ritter
A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly
Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
Rose of Fire by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Shadowland by Elizabeth Kostova
The Witch of Ravensworth by George Brewer
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows by Diana Gabaldon
That Risen Snow by Rob E. Boley
The Priest Hole by Amy Cross
From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Resthaven by Erik Therme
20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
Obviously, I won’t be finishing all of these books, but I want options. Lots of options. This isn’t even the complete list, which can be found HERE on Goodreads.
Are you participating in #FrightFall or #SomethingWickedFall? Leave a comment below!
5 Hours of Edgar Allan Poe Stories Read by Vincent Price & Basil Rathbone – If Walken’s recital of “The Raven” isn’t enough, here’s 5 hours worth of Poe stories. It includes favorites such as “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Cask of Amantillado”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, and my very 1st story by Poe, “The Gold-Bug”.
Halloween Ambient Mixer – If you’ve been reading my “Thursday’s Things” posts for a while, you’ll have seen me mention all the wonderful ambient sounds from AmbientMixer.com. Now you can scare yourself even sillier by adding some Werewolves, Haunted House, or other Halloween-related sounds to your reading.