The Horrifying Times…..

Yay! RIP X is here!!  I have had such fun in the past in participating in these events, that this absolutely no question of passing this up! This annual event is hosted by Carl V. Anderson over at Stainless Steel Droppings; but this year to celebrate the 10th edition of RIP (R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril); the event is being hosted by The Estella Society!


(Image by Abigail Larson)

The event runs starts from September 01st to October 31st and there are multiple perils for the indulgent reader/viewer; the only clause being, that you read or watch anything under the following genre –

Dark Fantasy

I have decided to naturally sign up for the Peril The First and this means and I quote directly from the site “Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be King or Conan Doyle, Penny or Poe, Chandler or Collins, Lovecraft or Leroux…or anyone in between.” My nominees for this year are –

  • We have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson – Thanks to The Estella Society’s last year’s Readalong, I was introduced to the brilliance of Shirley Jackson and The Haunting of Hill House and I have been since then planning to read more of her work. This event is just the event to get kick started on another of Ms. Jackson’s Nuggets!
  • In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu – Heard much, but read practically nothing. I was once told by one of my university professors that not to have read Sheridan Le Fanu is not to have truly ventured into the Gothic genre in the truest sense of the term. So this time I plan to read Le Fanu and “truly” understand Gothic!
  • The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde – What can I say about this book that has not already been said! This is a re-read and I remember reading it way back and being extremely uncomfortable through the night. Time to revisit an old, I can hardly say friend, but rather an indulgence in its most macabre sense!
  • The Shining by Stephen King – I know …I must be one of those very few, practically non-existent population that has not read this book, but I am never been much of a Stephen King fan; however this one is considered a cult classic and I think I will give this one a shot, before I consign my entire Stephen King reading as an unmitigated disaster!

Finally I am for sure participating in the Peril of the Group Read, which runs from September 18th to October 18th. This year we are reading The Quick by Lauren Owen. I have never read Lauren Owen, but the reviews sound awesome and it’s a thriller based in Victorian England…need I say more??

So without further ado, here’s to RIP X…let the mayhem begin!


9 thoughts on “The Horrifying Times…..

  1. Oh, I do like your list. ‘We have Always Lived in the Castle’ and ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey’ are wonderful books, and absolutely perfect for the season. I’m not a lover of Stephen King, but I love Le Fanu though I have still to read ‘In a Glass Darkly’.

    And I may join in the group read – I have the book, I’ve read the opening, and I like it but it hasn’t quite got its hooks into me yet. Time will tell ….

    1. Thanks Jane….I have already started on We have always lived in the Castle and I am so loving it, in a chilly, ghostly way! I am not much into Stephen King either, but I thought of giving him this one last shot…I am soooo looking forward to Le Fanu….I hope you join tbe book read…if we don’t enjoy the book, atleast we have each other’s company 😉

  2. Ah, I wish I had time to add another challenge but I’m drowning in the ones that I already have. Best of luck with this one …. it sounds like fun! I read The Shining about a million years ago but I don’t remember much about it ~~ it was when I was going through my horror phase which I try to forget about. :-Z I loved The Picture of Dorian Gray! — well, actually I hated it through about the first half of the book, but when I finished I absolutely loved it. I’m going to try to read at least one “spooky” book in October, if not two.

    1. Sigh! Cleo…trust me I understand this need to try and NOT add another challenge to your pile, but still promise yourself to read at least one ‘spooky” book if not two ;)…I have just started Dorian Gray and as of now I am not holding my breath. I have also stated We have always lived in the Castle and am loving it…will keep you posted on how it progresses

  3. Great list! We Have Always Lived in the Castle is great and so is Picture of Dorian Gray. I’ve read a different Le Fanu book but it was delightful and I expect your choice will be too. As for The Shining, you are a much braver woman than I will ever be!

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