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Fall Reading 2021

The Events

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


#Something WickedFall read-a-long
In progress
TBR – #RIPXVI read-a-long
TBR – Gothic September
  • 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)

Listened To:

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)

31 Flavors of October post!


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

5 thoughts on “Fall Reading 2021

  1. Yes woohoo for both events! I’ve got to get my hands on both of the group reads.

    I also nabbed the ARC of Slewfoot and I’m pretty excited to read it. Brom is a bit hit or miss for me so hopefully this is a hit. I LOVED Lost Gods but didn’t like The Child Thief. Those are the only 2 I’ve read so far.

  2. Yes!! This time of the year is my fave time for reading. I am in for RIP but I wasn’t aware of the other event. Looks fun!

  3. I’m glad you’re joining me again for Something Wicked Fall. I’m going to try to do RIP too, since I’m going to be reading the genre for two months anyway. Not sure if I’ll join in on The Sundial read-along or not. I’ve had my eye on Slewfoot. Read about it somewhere…Book Riot maybe.
    I have the Gothic Stories master post up on the blog and I shared some of my Gothic reading plans over there. Happy Autumn (even if not officially yet) and Happy Reading!

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