The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge, which runs from 1 September to 31 October, is to enjoy books that could be classified as:

Dark Fantasy.

There are two simple goals for the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VI Challenge:

1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.

As always Carl is hosting and this is the site to visit if you’re interested in joining in. There are several levels and I’m aiming to do Level One:

Peril the First:

‘Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (my very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be Stephen King or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming or Edgar Allan Poe’¦or anyone in between.’

I’ll be choosing from these books (in no particular order), all from my to-be-read books:

  • Naming the Bones by Louise Welsh
  • Blood Harvest by S J Bolton
  • Shadows in the Street by Susan Hill
  • Life Support by Tessa Gerritsen
  • Diamonds are Forever by Ian Fleming
  • The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
  • Blood Hunt by Jack Harvey (Ian Rankin)
  • Portobello by Ruth Rendell
  • Great Ghost Stories by Aldous Huxley & others
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James – I started this ages ago and never finished it!

This has come at an appropriate time for me as, for once and amazingly, I have no books on the go!

Now I just need to decide which one to read first – I’m torn between Naming the Bones and Blood Harvest!

18 thoughts on “R.I.P. VI

  1. That’s a good list. The only one I’ve read is The Turn of the Screw, but I do read Tess Gerrisen and Susan Hill on a regular basis and love their books. I’ve also read Louise Welsh’s first book, The Cutting Room, so know she also is a good author. Look forward to your reviews.


  2. Both your choices are great, as is the Tess Gerritsen. I thought the Louise Welsh took a bit longer to get going than Blood Harvest but they are both very hard to put down!


  3. So great to have you joining in. Thank you so much!
    Morton and Hill are showing up on lots of people’s lists and they are both authors I want to but have yet to try. There really is never enough time. The challenge hasn’t even “officially” started and I’m already lamenting all the books I won’t get to. Ha!


  4. That looks a wonderfully dark list. I didn’t know Aldous Huxley had written any ghost stories – intriguing! I think The Turn of the Screw is good to combine with a screen version, so that you can compare your interpretation with someone else’s (I don’t think it matters which…years ago there was a tremendous version of the Britten opera on television. The governess’s dress started out white, but black gradually crept up the skirt throughout the action, which made a splendid representation of the impending darkness, either within her or from the outside).


  5. Blood Harvest was good, I thought. Have not read the other. When I saw your post I thought Sara Paretsky had decided to kill off her main character!


  6. I’m hoping to read one of S.J. Bolton’s books for RIP too – either Blood Harvest or Awakening. The only book on your list that I’ve read is Naming the Bones and although it was a bit slow at the beginning I ended up really enjoying it.


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