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Readers Imbibing Peril (R.I.P.) IX


It’s one of my favorite “challenges.” R.I.P. R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril.

Hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings, this is the ninth edition; the third for me. What is R.I.P.?

Dark Fantasy.

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

That is what embodies the stories, written and visual, that we celebrate with the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event.

As time has wound on I’ve honed this event down to two simple rules:

1. Have fun reading (and watching).
2. Share that fun with others.

There are levels of participation to fit everyone. If you love any of the above genres, sign up!


I *might* read four applicable novels during September and October, but I *know* I’ll read at least two. Here’s what’s on the slate:

  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – (see below)
  • Last Winter We Parted by Fuminori Nakamura – “A young writer arrives at a prison to interview a man arrested for homicide. The suspect, while world-renowned as a photographer, has a deeply unsettling portfolio…”
  • The Bullet Catch by John Gaspard – The second mystery featuring magician Eli Marks. Really looking forward to this one.

I *might* fit in some short stories as well, but I have my hands full with Deal Me In and Monstrous Affections.


Currently watching True Detective, on episode five now. Good stuff. Looking forward to the new American Horror Story too. On a similar note to both of these, I’ve been itching to re-watch Carnivale. And… Did I hear maybe a chance of an Estella Society Haunting watch party?

Update, 9/3/14: I added an R.I.P. IX list at LetterBoxd.


The Haunting of Hill House is one of my favorite novels of any genre. A reread readalong with the Estella Society should be fun.

R.I.P. IX images by artist Abigail Larson