Autumn - that season when pumpkin spice lattes appear at Starbucks, and everyone wants to read something gothic. Something scary. Shirley Jackson, Stephen King. Edgar Allen Poe.
Enter, R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril (shorthand, R.I.P.), the brainchild of Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings, now in its 9th year.
In Carl's words:
Nine years ago [NINE?!?! Inconceivable!!!] I became aware of reading challenges and wanted to start one of my own, hoping to find others who shared my Autumnal predilection for the works of Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker and other authors contemporary and classic who captured the spirit of gothic literature. All these years later we are still going strong, welcoming September with a time of coming together to share our favorite mysteries, detective stories, horror stories, dark fantasies, and everything in between.
I welcome you to join us.
September 1st is right around the corner. It is time to begin.
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above. That is what embodies the stories, written and visual, that we celebrate with the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event.
As time has wound on I’ve honed this event down to two simple rules:
1. Have fun reading (and watching).
2. Share that fun with others.
So, If you are interested in RIP IX, you'll find the main post here.
In addition, the Estella Society is doing a read along of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. Sign up here with your blog address to participate!