- All Hallows Read Posters 2017 – This year’s posters are available for free download, including the GIF above, which will take you to the All Hallows Read main page for more info.
- 10 of the Best Gothic Poems for Halloween
- The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe – Read by Christopher Walken – I think this might be the creepiest recital of “The Raven” I’ve ever heard. If you’ve got one that somehow tops it, please leave a link in the comments!
- 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”.
- 10 Chilling Audiobooks To Get You In The Halloween Mood – This list doesn’t include any Poe, but if you need a few more audio recommendations, here they are. I’ve added Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt to my wish list.
- 20 of the Creepiest Haunted Houses, Castles, and Mansions in Literature
- 40 Scariest Books of the Last 200 Years – I’ve read a lot of the earlier novels, since I’m very much into Gothic literature, but several of the newer ones are now on my wish list.
- Podcasts to Scare You Silly This Halloween – I’m definitely going to try out “The Black Tapes” and I highly recommend “Lore”.
- 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.
- For Fans Of ‘American Horror Story’: 12 Spooky Reads To Get You In The Mood For Halloween – This is from last year after “Roanoke” aired; however, this looks like a very good collection of books, so I couldn’t pass up sharing it.
I named this month’s Thursday’s Things after Ray Bradbury’s short story collection “The October Country” because it sums up all the weird and spooky bookish links I discovered during my wanderings around the internet.
- 16 Films Adapted from Horror Giant H.P. Lovecraft – These movies would be perfect for the Peril on the Screen part of R.I.P. XI.
- The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe read by Christopher Walken – Need I say [never]more? (See what I did there? Yep, I’m awesome.)
- 5 Hours of Edgar Allan Poe Stories Read by Vincent Price & Basil Rathbone – If that first link isn’t enough for you, or you need to get that super nerd-dork joke out of your head, run screaming over to Open Culture to get your Poe fix.
- Visit These Real-Life Literary Horror Houses
- 11 Halloween Costumes Inspired By Children’s Books
- Horror Reads For Fans of Horror Flicks – I think the best way to stay awake during the October edition of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is to scare yourself silly with a good Horror book.
- Enter the Deadliest Garden in the World – This isn’t book related, but it’s a fun video to watch because any plant in this garden….will kill you.
- All Hallow’s Read – Give the gift of a scary book this Halloween. Also, get this and past years’ free posters such as the one pictured above.
- 7 Halloween Costume Ideas Based On Your Favorite ’90s Books – Here are a few more costume ideas.
- 10 Classic Gothic Novels – You probably know most of the books on this list, but have you ever heard of The Mystery of Edwin Drood? I hadn’t, but I’m definitely going to check it out.
R.I.P. XI takes place from September 1st, 2016 through October 31st, 2016.
I’m a day late in signing up for this, and I blame my old day planner and myself for forgetting to write all the important reading events for the year down in my new planner.
There are multiple levels of participation. I’m only going to give a summary of them here, so for the full details, click on the image above.
Peril the First – Read four books, of any length, from the very broad categories of Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Gothic, Horror, and/or Dark Fantasy.
Peril the Second – Read two books that fit the R.I.P. categories.
Peril the Third – Read one book.
Peril of the Short Story – Read one or more short stories.
Peril of the Screen – Watch one or more movies.
Peril in Play – Play one or more video, electronic, board or table top games.
I’ll be doing Peril the First and, since I’ll also be participating in Castle Macabre’s Gothic September and Season of the Witch, Peril of the Short Story. Though I’m sure to watch several movies in October that would count towards Peril of the Screen, I won’t be writing any movie reviews. However, I might list the ones I watch in my Monday’s Minutes posts, especially if they are based on books.
Are you participating in R.I.P XI? Which Peril(s) are you going to do?
I just found out about Horror October Fortnight from Oh, The Books! I’m a day late, but since I love October so much, I’ll be participating. I’m also participating in the Something Wicked This Way Comes read-along, so I’m going to combine the two by doing a post about the playlist I’m listening to while I read. I’ll be doing another playlist post containing my favorite Halloween tunes, and I’ll be doing a review of The Nightingale Bones by Ariel Swan, which I started reading during the read-a-thon. I may also dedicate a post to the horror movies I watch every year. In addition to my own posts, I’ll be wandering around the other participants’ blogs and joining in on some of their activities.
For today, I give you my Top 5 Fave Horror/Paranormal Books:
- It by Stephen King – This book scared me so much, I had to put it down for a month before I could continue.
- Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton – The first in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. This is my Horror/Paranormal brain candy. Hamilton has yet to end the series, and I’m nowhere near caught up. I look forward to having more Anita Blake books to read for a very long time.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker – An essential read for anyone who loves vampires.
- Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice – Another essential read for vampire lovers. I was depressed after I finished the last of the Vampire Chronicles. I’m planning on re-reading them all soon.
- The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe – There’s nothing I love more than to read Poe during October. There’s no way I could possibly name a favorite story of his.