Sunday, September 12, 2010

It's time for the R.I.P. Challenge!

I'm actually rather late posting this, but what with the first week of school for my kids, and trying to get back into the school-year routine, I haven't had a chance to gather my thoughts and make plans for some fun, spooky reading.  As always, many thanks to Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings for hosting this fun challenge once again.  This is the fifth year in a row that he's hosted it, and this will be my fourth year participating.

One thing I love about Carl's challenges is that he offers different options for completing the challenge.  For those who aren't quite sure about reading horror or dark fantasy, there is Peril the Third, which involves reading only one book.  There's a Short Story Peril, for fans of short fiction, and even a brand new Peril this year: Peril on the Screen, for the scary movie lovers out there.

I will start out with Peril the First, which involves reading four supernatural, horror, thriller, suspense, Gothic or dark fantasy books, and we'll see what else I can manage to do.  I usually don't plan too far ahead for reading challenges, but I do have a few books in mind.

Last year I decided to involve my children in the challenge, and we read one of my favorite books from my childhood, The Ghost in the Swing by Janet Patton Smith, which we all loved.  I ordered a book by that same author that I've never read, called The Twisted Room.  We've been waiting for R.I.P. time to read it, so that's next on our list as soon as we've finished our current read.  If we have time, I might also read them All the Lovely Bad Ones, one of my favorite ghost stories by Mary Downing Hahn.

I also received Tales of Terror from the Black Ship by Chris Priestly for Christmas last year (I put it on my wish list after I read Carl's review), and it's been waiting patiently for R.I.P. all this time.  Other books that have been on my list for a while include Tamsin by Peter Beagle,  Curse of the Bane by Joseph Delaney, The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding, and The House on Trad Street by Karen White.  Any thoughts any of you have on these would be welcome!


  1. I haven't read any of the books you are thinking about reading, so I look forward to your thoughts on them when you do!

  2. Well, I may end up reading completely different things - you know how that goes! I am still so backlogged with my summer blogging break that I worry about getting my RIP books posted before Christmas! I'd better get cracking on the reviews... :p

  3. I actually signed up for the first time this year!

  4. Ladytink - Oh, I'm glad. Can't wait to see what you read!

  5. I hope you read Tales of Terror from the Black Ship. It's amazing. Actually all three of Priestley's 'Tales of Terror' books are superb. I just finished his latest - T of T from the Tunnel's Mouth and it was fantastic. Can also highly rec Tamsin and The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray... both are good reads. Happy reading.

  6. Cath - It doesn't matter what order the Tales of Terror books are read in, does it? I had two on my wish list and got this one, but not the other (drat!) :-) I'm listening to the audio of Tamsin right now, and I'm enjoying it very much, although it's a little odd that the author reads it, and a teenaged girl is telling the story!


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