Putting Myself in Peril


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!

5 thoughts on “Putting Myself in Peril

  1. Great to have you in, and I do hope by starting out with Peril the Third that Fate passes you by and that you find yourself with all kinds of free time this season to imbibe. 🙂

    The Bloody Chamber is a book I want to re-read as well. What a great collection. So glad I bought it several years back after other bloggers were discussing it. I’ve found it stands up well to re-reads, or at least it has for me.

    1. I’m hoping to have lots of time to play with Peril, too!

      The Bloody Chamber is a great collection — I reread “The Snow Child” recently in the context of another post, and “The Lady of the House of Love” was in The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales, which I reviewed recently. Glad to have the whole collection back in my hands again!

      1. Although I like the whole collection, The Lady of the House of Love is my favorite. At the very least I’ve pulled the book out and re-read that one more than the rest. Even read that one aloud to my wife.

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