It feels like autumn is very near now, if not actually here as I’ve noticed the leaves are already turning golden on some trees. And it’s that time of year approaching, when “things go bump in the night”, or in other words it’s time for the RIP III Challenge, Readers Imbibing Peril. This year I’m not putting any pressure on myself but I’m jumping straight into Peril the First which is to read four books from any of the following sub-genres of scary stories between 1 September and 31 October. Carl, who is hosting the Challenge, suggests first of all to post a list of potential books and feel free to change any or all of them as we wish. That suits me and I may even read only one “scary” book. The sub-genres are:
My potential reading may be drawn from these books:
- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James – I’ve been meaning to read this for ages.
- The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier – drugs and time travel.
- The Book of Lost things by John Connolly – apparently creepy and disturbing.
- The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeir – a mystery surrounding the afterlife.
- The Collector by John Fowles – haunting and darkly melancholic.
- The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates – a ‘nightmarish celebration of the American dream.’
- The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks – macbre and bizarre.
- Not Dead Enough by Peter James – murder and deception.
I think that’s enough to be going on with – I may change, add or subtract from this list.