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R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, VIII

RIP8main300It’s here, it’s here! R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, VII! hHosted by Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings, this is an event I look forward to each year.  To me, it is R.I.P. that kicks off the fall season and all things spooktacular! For those unfamiliar with R.I.P. (gasp), here are the details:

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

Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above. That is what embodies the stories, written and visual, that we celebrate with the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event.

There are multiple levels (or in this case, perils) to this challenge.  I plan on participating in two,  Peril the First (Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature.)

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and Peril on the Screen (watch a spooky/eerie television show or movie)

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What I like most about participating in R.I.P the most is that it also helps me prepare for my own celebration of all things spooky, Murder Monsters & Mayhem.  Following is just a sampling of the books I hope to read as part of R.I.P in preparation for Murder, Monsters & Mayhem:

For the Peril of the Screen portion of the challenge, I have a few movies/shows in mind:

My Amityville Horror
V/H/S

There you have it! Anyone else participating in R.I.P? What are you reading? Any suggestions as to what I should read?

TSS: Fall is Here!

Although Mother Nature doesn’t seem to get the hint, fall has technically come and with it nearly everything I love about the season. Cool weather is just around the corner (so I hope) and with it weekends spent bundled up in sweaters & scarves, curled up with a great book.

One of the great book events that marks the beginning of Fall is R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings, an event that celebrates mystery, suspense, horror, dark fantasy and more. R.I.P is celebrating its 7th anniversary so of course I had to sign up.

Since my own celebration of everything chilling and terrifying (Murder, Monsters & Mayhem) will be starting October 1, participating in this will be relatively easy. While I do not want to reveal all of the books I will be reading, following is just a sample:

Upcoming Releases:

The Twelve by Justin Cronin
Your House is on Fire, Your Children are Gone by Stefan Kiesbye
Black Fridays by Michael Sears
Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane by John Skipp
The Dark Winter by David Mark

Classic Spooky Reads:

 

 

I can’t wait to dive in!

 

In case you missed it, here is a quick wrap-up of what took place on the blog this week:

It’s Here! R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VI!

Anyone that knows anything about me knows I love the thriller & horror genres. An event that allows me to celebrate this is R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, hosted by the awesome Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  Here’s a bit of info about RIP VI:

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 official dates for R.I.P are September 1-October 31st. It just so happens that I’ll be hosting Murders, Monsters & Mayhem  (Mx3) in October, so R.I.P. just gives me an excuse to start celebrating early!

Here is just a taste of the books I plan on reading:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
Black Light by Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan and Stephen Romano
The Monster’s Corner: Stories Through Inhuman Eyes
Dead Man Walking by Stefan Petrucha

And many, many more!

For more information on R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VI, check out Carl’s blog here!

R.I.P. V Challenge!

Ok, you all know by now that fall is my favorite time of year. Cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween, and Carl’s R.I.P. Challenge!

What is the R.I.P. Challenge, you may ask? Here’s a brief description, taken from Carl’s blog, Stainless Steel Droppings:

“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.”

To complete this challenge, you can read books, short stories, or *new* watch movies from the following genre:

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

I have it easy this year. Since I’m also hosting/planning Fright Fest, this challenge will be a breeze. Therefore, I’m signing up for two parts of this challenge:

I plan to watch several horror/thriller movies in the next few months.  Muhhhwwaaahaaa! I also just purchased Supernatural Season 5 on DVD…that counts, right?

In addition, I am also signing up for:

I will read at least 4 (likely more like 15-20) books in the horror/thriller/supernatural genres.

Here are just a few of the books I have lined up to read:

The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Bell Witch by Brent Monahan

I’m still working on my lists but I plan on using this post to keep track of them.  Anything I should have on my list?

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril…IV!!!


I was so excited to see Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings had posted about his famous RIP (R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril) Challenge, September 1-October 31! I’ve wanted to participate for some time, but this is the first I’ve been able to. I always try to read a lot of great horror and thriller during the Halloween season, and this challenge gives me another excuse!

RIP challenges you to pick books from the following categories:

Mystery.

Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.

Supernatural.

There are also certain levels (perils) to this challenge. I will be participating in:

Peril the First states that I must read four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories.

Now, since my favorite genre is horror, I have a huge bookshelf that is literally packed (I’m talking at least 200 books) full of horror fiction. So, I have a great pool of books to choose from.

Following is my tentative list. I will be adding to this list, I’m certain, depending on the mood I’m in!



Any suggestions for other books I should add to my pool?