Saturday, September 6, 2008

R.I.P. III Challenge: Something Wicked This Way Comes

I love creepy reads at any time of the year, but I'm incredibly drawn to them once that crisp breeze of autumn rolls around. Naturally, the third annual R.I.P. (Readers Imbibing Peril) Challenge over at Stainless Steel Droppings was very appealing to me. The challenge runs until the end of October so I have plenty of time to read lots of scary and/or mysterious stories. (September has been and will continue to be uber-busy.) I've chosen Peril the First, which entails reading four books from any of the following genres:

Dark Fantasy.

My Reading Pool:
The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen
The Darker Side by Cory McFadyen
Doctor Who: Forever Autumn by Mark Morris
Freezing Point by Karen Dionne
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
Imprisoned by the Pharaohs and Other Stories by H.P. Lovecraft
The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

I'm hoping to read more than four of these, but we'll see how things play out. I'd like to have most of them read by the end of the year. (I have nothing if not ambition.)

Do you have any favorite creepy books? Or favorite authors from the genres listed above? Does your reading follow seasonal patterns (Scary books at Halloween, winter-themed books at Christmastime, etc.)?


  1. Hi Ruth,
    I see we share some interests, including reading and gardening. But no knitting for me :) I write instead.
    Thanks for the comment about my new book, on my blog.
    I read Tess Gerritsen too. Another you might consider that was riveting is Prey by Michael Crichton. Nanotechnology is so frightening if it escapes!

  2. Right now I am working on two books for the RIP challenge - Book Of Lost Things by John Connolly and We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson.

    You have an excellent list there, The Halloween Tree is a favorite of mine and you can't go wrong with HP Lovecraft.

    I read just about every genre, but horror has always been my guilty pleasure. From literary horror to the trashy pulps I love all things creepy :)

  3. First off, let me say how much I love your banner for your blog. It is wonderful! Did you make it?

    Secondly, thank you so much for joining in this year's challenge. I'm thrilled to have you. You've got a really great pool!

    I have such a hard time deciding what to read during this time of year because there is So Much that I end up wanting to read and I never get to it all. Not a bad problem to have though as those books are always there for the next year's challenge! :)

    Thanks again for joining in, I hope you post any reviews you do to the review site:

  4. I get creeped out with creepy so to speak. However, The Ruins by Scott Smith was in that neighborhood for me. I also will never forget The Stand by Stephen King.

  5. Do the Goosebumps books from when I was younger count?

    Love your blog...I've linked to it in my blogroll!

  6. You have some great books chosen, too.
    I liked The Thirteenth Tale and The Bone Garden.

    Btw, I love your header picture. Very nice. :)

  7. Fall seems like the perfect time for creepy reads doesn't it? I just finished Coraline for the RIP challenge and loved it. If you've not read The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, I highly recommend it. So creepy!

    Have fun with the challenge!

  8. I loved The Thirteenth Tale and The Keep. They both had a good balance of creepiness and plot.

  9. I love scary stories this time of year! But mainly paranormal. Don't get into horror very much at all, but ghosties in the night..I am so there!

  10. Terra: You're welcome! Prey was actually on my first version of this list. I had 4-6 more books on my original, and that was the one I really hesitated to cut. I love Crichton's work and that's one of the few of his books that I haven't read yet.

    Book Zombie: How are you enjoying The Book of Lost Things? The premise is really interesting. It's definitely one I'll be picking up soon.

  11. Carl: Thank you so much! Yes, I made the header myself. I'm quite fond of it, and I'm glad you like it!

    I'm thrilled to be part of R.I.P. III. I wish I'd known about it (and book blogging in general) last year!

    J. Kaye: Thank you, hon!

    Wisteria: The Ruins is one of those books that I've always meant to read but have never gotten around to. I enjoyed the film version of A Simple Plan by Scott Smith. (I need to read that one as well.)

    Oh, and confession time: I've never read Stephen King. Love the movies -- The Green Mile is one of my favorites -- but I've never read any of his books. (I blame the book jacket of Needful Things for this. I was in a book shop when I was nine years old and the book was prominently featured in a counter top display. I read the blurb on the jacket and just the blurb scared me! Put me off on Stephen King for my teenage years. I want to start reading King's work but have no clue where to start.)

    Letters on Pages: I never read Goosebumps and always wonder what I missed out on. I didn't really embrace creepiness as a kid though -- I'm far braver now.

    Mari: Thanks so much!

    Iliana: Thanks for the recommendation! Somehow The Woman in Black flew completely under my radar, but reading the reviews on Amazon, it looks like something I'll really enjoy.

    Ti: I've heard nothing but good things about The Keep. I've been meaning to pick it up since it came out in paperback.

    As the Pages Turn: It really is the perfect time for spooky stories! Give me a good ghost story and I'm happy. (And a little bit scared, if it's really good!)

  12. I will warn you that if you read A Great Deliverance, be ready to read the entire Lynley and Havers series. I love these books, not only for the great mysteries but the characters.

    I swear, a new Elizabeth George book coming out is like crack for me...I'm just an addict.

  13. Nashville Bookworm: I'm glad to hear that they're that good. I got hooked on the Inspector Lynley Mysteries on PBS this summer, and since I'd been flirting with the books for awhile (Picking one up in the bookstore, reading a bit, realizing I already had a huge stack of books in my hand, very reluctantly putting it back), it was really only a matter of time before I got hooked on the books as well.