It’s time for the annual Readers Imbibing Peril or RIP for short, Carl’s seasonal reading event encouraging all and sundry to enjoy some atmospheric creepy (or scary) gothic horror supernatural goodness. This is year number seven. The event runs from September 1st through one of my favorite holidays, Halloween.
I will be attempting Peril the First which involves reading four books. Last year I went for Victorian gothic goodness. This year I am mixing it up with something old and several new. Here is what I plan on reading in no particular order:
- Dark Matter by Michelle Paver. It hasn’t been published in the US and while I can get used copies online I want new and so will be making my first order from Book Depository. I have so far managed to avoid buying from them feeling like it will be a slippery slope. We’ll see if I start sliding or not. Anyway, the book, which several bloggers have already read and enjoyed, is a ghost story set in the far north.
- The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen. First published as a story in 1890, Machen turned it into a book in 1894. It was declared degenerate and horrific at the time but has since become classic horror. Insanity, sex, the god Pan, a sinister and beautiful woman. What more could anyone want?
- This New & Poisonous Air : Stories by Adam McOmber is a book of short stories that blend historical fiction, fantasy and the macabre. It came to my attention not long ago via Danielle. It seems like it should be fun.
- Finally, Affinity by Sarah Waters. I thought about doing a group read of The Little Stranger with other RIPpers, but decided that I was more in the mood for spiritualism and seances.
So there are my four. I am looking forward to all of them and seeing what others joining in the event that is RIP are reading. A good time is sure to be had by all. Will you be participating?