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#RIPX and #15in31 Wrap-Up

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R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril X

First off, a couple of Peril on the Screen mini reviews:

Nightcrawler (2014, dir. by Dan Gilroy) – Jake Gyllenhaal plays accident-chasing videographer Louis Bloom to sociopathic perfection. This is an uncomfortable movie. Good, but I doubt I’ll ever give it a rewatch.

Psycho II (1983, dir. by Richard Franklin), Psycho III (1986, dir. by Anthony Perkins) – Psycho is an absolute classic, but not even it could avoid the 80’s horror sequel cash-grab. To be fair, the Psycho sequels aren’t *too* bad. The second is a tidy little thriller: Norman Bates has been let back into society, but is he still a little mad, or is someone else pretending to be Mother? The third comes closest to being Gothic with themes of secret parentage and more of a focus on the moor-like surroundings. It alsoย  has an occasional phantasmagoric quality, but isn’t as solid as a movie.

All in all, it was a pretty successful R.I.P. X for me. I read four novels, a half dozen appropriate short stories, and a good handful of Perilous movies and TV show (more than I’m listing here).

Peril the First

  1. Motherless Child by Glen Hirshberg
  2. Psycho by Robert Bloch
  3. Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn
  4. The Miser’s Dream by John Gaspard

Peril of the Short Story

  1. “Ligeia” by Edgar Allan Poe
  2. “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe
  3. “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe
  4. “The Little Maid at the Door” by Mary Wilkins Freeman
  5. “Hildie at the Ghost Shore” by Paula Cappa
  6. “What Do You Do?” by Gillian Flynn

Peril on the Screen

  1. Penny Dreadful and Arthur & George
  2. Aliens3 and Event Horizon
  3. Pushing Daisies
  4. Nightcrawler
  5. The Psycho franchise



I knew I wasn’t going to get 15 books read in October, but seven isn’t too bad. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. My Inventions by Nikola Tesla
  2. The Marvelous Creations of Joseffy by David P. Abbott
  3. When I’m Dead All This Will Be Yours! by Teller
  4. Tragic Magic by Henry Leat
  5. Distant Waves bu Suzanne Weyn
  6. The Miser’s Dream by John Gaspard
  7. Forever Team by Suzie Ivy


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

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