Autumn is my favorite season; mystery and horror are my favorite genres. Obviously, I’m all about fall reading events!
R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril is back for its 16th year, though in a slightly different form. There is information on Twitter and Instagram, but most of the action is over on Discord. At its heart though it’s the same R.I.P.. Horror, gothic, mysteries? All valid choices for R.I.P. and challenges include reading novels/short stories, watching movies/TV shows, and (new this year) listening to music/podcasts. Also new this season is a group read, Shirley Jackson’s The Sundial, and the above spiffy bingo card. I’m bad at prompt-based readathons so I imagine I’m going to be terrible at readathon bingo, but we’ll see how it goes.
Something Wicked Fall / #FrightFall is also back at Castle Macabre. I plan on doing the group read, The Blood Countess by Andrei Codrescu, and probably The Devil’s Elixirs by E. T. A. Hoffmann during Gothic September.
What I Read, Watched, and Listened To
- Slewfoot by Brom (Peril of the Fiction Read, Witches, Finish a Book)
- “Plumage” by Nadine Rodriguez – I’ve always been intrigued by the role of servants and caretakers in Gothic stories. “Plumage” offers a very modern take. (Peril of the Short Story, Gothic September)
- “Fever Dream” by Ray Bradbury (Peril of the Short Story, Plague post)
- “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe (Peril of the Short Story, Plague post)
- “The Genetic Alchemist’s Daughter” by Elaine Cuyegkeng (Peril of the Short Story, Necromancy post)
- “The Necromantic Tale” by Clark Ashton Smith (Peril of the Short Story, Necromancy post)
- “Come into My Cellar” by Ray Bradbury (Peril of the Short Story, Creepy Fungus post)
- “Gray Matter” by Stephen King (Peril of the Short Story, Creepy Fungus post)
- “Clarimonde” by Théophile Gautier (Peril of the Short Story, Vampire post, Gothic September)
- “Jerusalem’s Lot” and “One for the Road” by Stephen King (Peril of the Short Story, Vampire post)
- “The Four-Fifteen Express” by Amelia B. Edwards – Wonderful classic ghost/crime tale: one of my favorite sub-genres!
- It Comes at Night (2017): Well-acted, beautifully shot, and affecting despite my annoyance at the character’s lack of good quarantine procedures. (Peril on the Screen, Plague post)
- Brand New Cherry Flavor (2021) (Peril on the Screen, Necromancy post)
- In the Earth (2021) (Peril on the Screen, Creepy Fungus post)
- Abraham Lincoln: Vamipre Hunter (2012) (Peril on the Screen, Vampire post)
- House on Haunted Hill (1959), 13 Ghosts (1960) and House on Haunted Hill (1999), Thir13een Ghosts (2001) (Peril on the Screen, Haunted House post)
Spooky Gals Podcast: I love listening to podcasts while playing Minecraft. Spooky Gals presents bite-sized bits of urban legends and paranormal happenings. (Peril of the Listen)