Readers Imbibing Peril (R.I.P) 13 – I’m going in!

So, you would think that given I have just completed a three month, 20 book challenge, that a new challenge would be the last thing I would want to dive into.


I have a very soft spot for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril which is now in its thirteenth year. It’s a challenge I have done once or twice before and one that gets me firmly in an autumnal frame of mind.

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I wasn’t going to participate this year, but I have seen a lot of your lovely posts detailing your plans and then realised that I am reading Slade House by David Mitchell, so I am effectively already participating, right?

I’m going to go for Peril the First and read 4 books between now and 30 October that fall into one of these categories:

  • Mystery
  • Suspense
  • Thriller
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Gothic
  • Horror
  • Supernatural

I’ve had a look through the old TBR and NetGalley backlog and am going to read at least four of the following (click on the links for Goodreads descriptions):


Slade House by David Mitchell

Twilight by William Gay

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Animals by Keith Ridgway

Ice by Anna Kavan

Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque by Joyce Carol Oates

Foe by Iain Reid

I’ll try and read the four from the 746 first – Twilight, Animals, Ice and Haunted – and leave the others as back-up but I’m looking forward to some dark evenings in front of a warm fire, cuddled in a blanket with these scary pals for company.

I might also participate in Peril on the Screen as I am hoping to see both Hereditary and A Quiet Place soon and they would be perfect for this challenge!


Do any of these take your fancy? Is anyone else taking part in R.I.P XIII?

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  1. It is just the time of year….chilly evenings (after some terrible heat waves)
    candles lit while reading spooky stories…pumpkins
    and …in my country (NL) gevulde speculaaskoekjes!
    Love your selections and they give me some choices when reading short stories
    becomes a bit boring. I’ll need something I can sink my teeth into!
    Peril Screen: I plan to read ….than watch Amy Adams in ‘Sharp Objects!


  2. I’m also taking part in RIP XIII. I started my first book this morning (it’s not going great, honestly, I don’t think I’m going to like it). I’m doing three of the challenges, Peril the First, Peril of the Screen, and Peril of the Review. Autumn is my favourite time and I annoy the hell out of my husband with my belief that Halloween starts October 1.


  3. Gezz, I’ve seen three posts about this reading challenge today. Surprised this is the first time I’ve heard of it as I love horror/suspense. And there’s Peril on the Screen as well! Yessssss!


  4. I’ll second Kaggsy’s recommendation of Anna Kavan’s Ice, such an interesting book. I’m not a big reader of Sci-Fi or slipstream fiction, but even I found it very compelling. It had a strange, dreamlike quality that really got under my skin.


  5. Cathy, I am so pleased you have been convinced to take part again this year – this event is so perfect for autumn reading it hardly feels like a challenge at all. Here is to many a dark evening in front of a warm fire, cuddled in a blanket with a suitable spooky book. Happy R.I.P reading! 😀


  6. Wow, so I got Slade House after I read about it here, and what a stunning first story! It reminds me of Carrie, the way you are so absorbed and rooting for this poor child/adolescent, and the story turns into something quite different. Very clever writing. Different too – I’m used to David Mitchell being more impressionistic and grand scale, and this was more intimate and, well, precisely manipulative.


  7. I’m joining in this year after a hiatus – more or less – from the book community and blogging. I’s so excited, this has always been my favorite bookish event. Good luck with your list, I loved Her Body and Other Parties.


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