Posted in Readathons-Challenges-Memes


I’ve been in a certain mood lately. It started sometime last week after a few days tolerable Arizona summer temperatures and a fairly impressive, if brief, nighttime thunderstorm. The three episode Dexter marathon. AddingThe Italian Secretary and 77 Shadow Street to my TBR list. Rewatching Sherlock and dusting off my Conan Doyle anthology. Or maybe it stretches back to earlier in the month when I bought Lunar Park, or to my very nature. Whatever the case, I’m in the mood for horror and mystery. Enter R.I.P. VII.

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril is a reading event hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings, lasting from September 1st to October 31st and focusing on mystery, horror, gothic, thrillers, the supernatural and all manner of things that go bump in the night.

I’ll be participating at a couple of levels:

Read four books that fit R.I.P. My reading pool:

  • 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz
  • The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr
  • Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
  • Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Courtney Crumrin, Volume 1 by Ted Naifeh
  • Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
  • The Descent by Jeff Long

  • Sherlock Holmes, various stories
  • Much of Shadow Show and associated Ray Bradbury tales probably apply.
  • Two and Twenty Dark Tales edited by Georgia McBride & Michelle Zink
  • Not ruling out Poe

There’s Dexter to watch and Sherlock to pine for. Eventually  American Horror Story will return (though I’m not sure it will during the span of this event). I even want to catch Elementary when it premiers because,  well, Sherlock Holmes is Sherlock Holmes. Speaking of which, there’s Murder Rooms as well. Good stuff all around.


Writer, publisher. Hobbies include reading, studying magic & illusions from a historical/theoretical perspective, and playing ultimate frisbee.

10 thoughts on “R.I.P. VII

  1. Your plans sound perfect, thanks so much for joining in! I’ve been in that same mood lately and it was definitely brought on by a dip in temperatures that gave me a fall feeling. Of course now the temps have went back up but the damage is done, I’m fully immersed in this kind of reading and viewing right now and plan to revel in it regardless of what the thermometer tells me.

      1. Its supposed to drop into the low 80’s here tomorrow. I can’t wait. Not autumn enough, but a brief step in the right direction.

  2. I never heard of many of those books so I will look forward to the reviews! Movies are always fun I have many but wind up just watching what comes on cable..close to halloween it’s usually JOhnny Depp movies lol

  3. For some reason I really (unreasonably) enjoyed the Descent. I bought it at Barnes & Nobles when it came out and finished it that same day as they were kicking me out of the store to close at midnight. Needless to say it was a page turner. Dexter and American Horror are great and would be perfect for RIP. Since you seem to like Sherlock have you seen the new PBS Mystery Sherlock series? I don’t think it is on again until next spring but I really enjoyed the contemporary take on the classic stories. I look forward to your reviews!

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