September is nearly here – time for Carl’s R.I.P. Challenge – this is the 8th year welcoming September with a time of coming together to share our favourite mysteries, detective stories, horror stories, dark fantasies, and everything in between.

These are the categories:

Dark Fantasy.
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above. I’m attempting


Peril the First:

which is to read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature.  R.I.P. VIII officially runs from September 1st through October 31st. But  you can start today!!!

I haven’t decided definitely which books I’ll be reading. I’m thinking of these at the moment and will probably start with The Death Maze:

  • The Death Maze aka The Serpent’s Tale by Ariana Franklin – I’ve had this for years so it would be good to read it. I read the first book – The Mistress of the Art of Death ages ago and loved it.
  • Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger – not sure about this one, a ghost story.
  • The Brimstone Wedding by Barbara Vine – described as ‘a masterful mystery about love and madness’.
  • Waiting for Mr Right and Other Sinister Stories by Andrew Taylor – three sinister and slightly surreal short stories.
  • The Shining by Stephen King – a scary book!
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – I read this so many years ago that it will be like reading it for the first time. It was one of the set books at school and I don’t think I appreciated it then.

Author: Margaret

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