Readers Imbibing Peril (R.I.P VII): Because autumn is the season of change and the unknown.
So says Carl V., who has been running the R.I.P event for seven years now, to celebrate the literature (and film) of mystery, suspense, the creepy and the weird. Participants post reviews of what they’ve read or watched throughout the months of September and October, ending — of course — on Halloween.
I’m joining in with a bit of trepidation; making a definite commitment is the perfect excuse for the universe to throw a mountain of other obligations on me for the next two months. So I’ll start small: I’ll take Peril The Third (the “review one book” option) as a goad to finish The Dark: New Ghost Stories, edited by Ellen Datlow.
And on the side, I’ll try Peril of the Short Story. That shouldn’t be too much to bite off, right? It’s a good excuse to start working my way through several collections that I’ve picked up in the last few months. I’ll probably be sampling them in turns.
- The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
- The Ghost IS the Machine, edited by Patrick Scalisi. “An anthology of steampunk inspired ghost stories.” How fun is that?
- The Museum of Dr. Moses by Joyce Carol Oates. I slightly dissed her a few posts ago; then I found this collection in a used book store. I think it was a sign.
- The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. It’s been a while since I’ve read this; I found it again while unpacking my book boxes. I’m looking forward to the re-read.
And of course I reserve the right to slide in anything else that comes my way in the next two months that seems appropriate.
There you have it. Stay tuned!