I can't believe I've been blogging for three years and have yet to take part in R.I.P (Readers Imbibing Peril), an annual autumnal event in which bloggers read creepy books appropriate for the colder weather. It runs throughout September and October and is hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings. I'll be taking part in the Peril the First challenge, which means I'll be reading at least four books from the following genres:
- dark fantasy
I had a look at my shelves this morning and I was surprised to see just how many books I own that fit the above. I discounted old favourites like Dracula, my Stephen King books and The Historian, as I'm more in the mood for new reads. After much pruning, my pool of possible reads looks like this. I'm not planning to read every one of them, they are just options:
From top to bottom (links as always to goodreads):
- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson - I understand this to be a dark, gothic style romance? It has black edged pages, so it must be! I've owned this for years and I know that lots of people love it.
- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James - I will definitely read this. I like to read one spooky classic each Halloween and this is also on my classics club list.
- Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch - I might be pushing the boundaries of the challenge a bit with this one. It's urban fantasy with both crime elements and grisly murders, so I guess it's dark fantasy? Plus, I really want to start this series.
- Let the Right One In by John Aajvide Lindqvist - This is one of my husband's favourite books. I like vampire stories, so I'm interested in trying it. I haven't seen the film(s).
- Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion - This was on my Bout of Books short-list too, but I just didn't get to it. Maybe this time...
- Witch Light by Susan Fletcher - I enjoyed Fletcher's Eve Green, so I might pick up this one about a Scottish woman in the seventeenth century accused of witchcraft.
- Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin - I adore Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire Series, so a friend got me this one for my birthday. Vampires on a Mississippi steamboat, it sounds perfect for the challenge. I will probably read this one.
- Sundays with Vlad by Paul Bibeau - I read half of this a few years ago, and would like to finish it. It's my only non-fiction pick, where Bibeau writes about his quest to find Vlad Dracula.
- Reckless by Cornelia Funke - I love the Inkheart series, so I'm keen to try this series. As far as I know, it's set in a darker fairy tale type world.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - I've had this since it came out but still haven't read it. One day!
Have you read any of these? If you have, I'd love to hear what you thought of them, so I can narrow down my list a bit more. If you're taking part in RIP, what are you planning to read?