It's Time for R.I.P. IX

Can you believe it? September 1st is right around the corner. And it is time to begin the 9th R.I. P. challenge hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings. It runs from 1 September right through to 31 October and involves reading from the following categories:

Dark Fantasy.

Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.

And you can start today!!!

I’m going to participate in just one:


Peril the First:

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.

Here are some of the books I’m thinking of reading. I’m sure I have more that fit into the categories, both on the bookshelves and on my Kindle, but these came to mind first:

  • The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  • A Song of Stone by Iain Banks
  • The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins
  • Cauldstane by Linda Gillard
  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The Brimstone Wedding by Barbara Vine
  • Testament of a Witch by Douglas Watt

Thank you so much to Carl for doing this, once more. I won’t be starting today as I’m still reading a few books and one in particular – The Goldfinch – is too long!!! But I’ll get going very soon.

17 thoughts on “It's Time for R.I.P. IX”

  1. Ooooh, some interesting books there, Margaret. I’ve read The Yellow Wallpaper and thought it was very good. I’ve heard that The Wasp Factory is ‘different’ so I’m intrigued to see what you think of it if you read it. Cauldstane is on my radar too as it will also do for the Scottish challenge of course. Good luck!


    1. I really enjoyed The Crow Road by Banks, so I’m hoping I’ll like The wasp Factory too – the title alone is intriguing. Cauldstane sounds so good – I’m looking forward to that one,


  2. I have a Linda Gillard book on my kindle, which I forgot – my kindle is on my computer, and I forget I can read books on it! lol I might have to add this on to my pile. I read the Yellow Wallpaper years ago, very haunting, I am looking forward to hearing what you think about it. I haven’t heard of the Douglas Watt book, so I’m off to find out what it is about. Enjoy reading for this challenge, Margaret. It’s one of my favourites too!


    1. It’s so easy to forget about books on Kindle! I have to keep checking – quite a few of this list are on my Kindle. I’ve read one other book by Douglas Watt, so I’m hoping this one will be as good.


  3. I don’t know about you, but it seems crazy to me that we are already a moment away from September. Wow. Seems like just a few moments ago it was Spring. Not that I’m complaining, I love Autumn. Your list looks deliciously creepy.


  4. I missed this last year–felt overwhelmed by my TBR shelf–but it would be a kick to do it this year. I have committed to a scary book with my GoodReads Tuesday Book Talk group in Oct (hoping for the Koontz novel), and there’s a few other scary titles that I would like to read.

    I haven’t read anything on your list, but I love the sound of Testament of a Witch.

    I seem to be the only one not “ready for fall” but I’ve been so busy this summer and it’s been so perfect in my part of Colorado that I’m not ready for it to be over.

    BTW, I remember telling you that I was headed to Steinbeck country earlier this year–that trip got postponed and is definitely on for mid/late Sept. We plan to spend a day in Salinas visiting the Steinbeck center and having lunch at the Steinbeck house, and then one day we are driving to Pinnacle National Park to try to see California condors and will go right by King City. I’ll take pictures and post a travelogue!


    1. I know that overwhelming feeling – all those books shouting read me next – the pressure! I haven’t read anything by Koontz – they do sound scary books, so I’ll be interested in your views.

      And I’m looking forward to seeing Steinbeck country through your eyes!


  5. I really enjoyed The Yellow Wallpaper. It’s a quick read and I found it to be a little unsettling, which I enjoy, of course. Have fun with the challenge! I am currently compiling my list, and can’t wait to start.


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