Hurrah! It's hard to believe but it's RIP (Readers Imbibing Peril) time again. I love this challenge, perhaps because I love this time of year and all the autumnal reading available. But also because Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings has been running a great challenge for the last five years, full of non-competitive fun -- and it leads to enormous increases in the reading list as well as fun comparisons of books that multiple people have read. This is a great seasonal challenge which I've enjoyed every year, and I'm jumping right in again for Year 6.
The Challenge runs September 1-October 31/2011 and has wide parameters. I'm choosing Peril the First: read 4 books which fall into the genres of Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, or Supernatural.
There's also a short story Peril which I might participate in depending on time....but in any case I'm looking forward to a great set of spooky books. I never make a set list for this challenge, but instead create a pool of possible reads -- and so many others follow the same technique that just checking everyone's posts opens a nearly infinite number of new choices. Here are some of mine:
The Lantern / Deborah Lawrence
Daphne / Justine Picardie
The Night Circus / Erin Morgenstern
The Man on the Ceiling / Melanie Tem
Perfume / Patrick Suskind
Rebecca / Daphne DuMaurier
Supernatural Tales / Vernon Lee
Ladies of Grace Adieu / Susannah Clarke
and of course, something by Ray Bradbury!