R.I.P. XIII: Readers Imbibing Peril

One of my favorite annual blog events is Readers Imbibing Peril, or RIP.  Because let’s face it, the real world is scary enough.

This event runs from September 1 to October 31, and is all about reading things that are spooky, whether they are mystery, horror, thriller, fantasy, or supernatural. R.I.P. XIII is a fun way to share favorite eerie novels and short stories, and just to celebrate the season.

There are multiple levels of participation (Perils):

  • Peril the First – Read four books, any length.
  • Peril the Second – Read two books of any length.
  • Peril the Third – This Peril involves reading one book.
  • Peril of the Short Story
  • Peril on the Screen

Here’s what I’ve already read this month:

And here’s what’s on my TBR list:

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw
  • Circe by Madeline Miller

And a couple of graphic novels I’m hoping to read:

  • Monstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Here are a few other recommendations if you’re thinking about participating:

  • Mystery/thriller: anything by Belinda Bauer or Robert Galbraith, After Atlas by Emma Newman, Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  • Fantasy: The Shades of Magic series by VE Schwab, the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden,
  • Horror: The Stand (or anything else) by Stephen King, We Have Always Lived in the Castle (or anything else) by Shirley Jackson, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • Supernatural: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, The Graveyard Book or The House at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

By the way, as I think about these categories I find I have trouble separating out fantasy, horror, and supernatural.  Are there clear lines or are we just talking semantics?  I’ve also never been clear on what’s dark fantasy as opposed to fantasy.

I may not be happy about the coming of fall but at least I can enjoy what I read.  Are you participating?  What books would you suggest?


  6 comments for “R.I.P. XIII: Readers Imbibing Peril

  1. September 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I’m taking part as well! I love this challenge. I’ve already read 2 books and watched one horror movie.

  2. September 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    I want to read Circe too—Song of Achilles was outstanding. My daughter read Circe, she was a classics major, and gave it a good recommendation.

    Happy RIPXIII – I’m doing it too, but not until Oct.

  3. September 18, 2018 at 5:04 am

    I’d love to take part, but a quick sweep of my TBR doesn’t throw up anything that really fits the brief… and I’m loathe to add more to an already teetering stack!

  4. Emily
    September 18, 2018 at 8:59 am

    This is such a cool challenge, and nice recommendations! I have only ever read one book by Stephen King – The Shining – but I honestly adored it!

  5. September 4, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    These aren’t cast in stone, sometimes I start a book that I end up not being able to finish, but the four I’m going with are:

    Revival by Stephen King
    Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons
    I Travel By Night by Robert McCammon
    Midnight Sun by Ramsey Campbell

    For the short story, I’m mot sure which story I’ll read, but it’s be out of the anthology, Doom City, by Charles L. Grant.

    Lastly, I’m choosing the 1960 Mario Bava movie, Black Sunday. It scared me silly as a kid. I hope it still has the same affect.

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