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Reading Challenge: R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril (RIP) IX

Banner for the RIP IX challenge.Hello my lovely readers!  Many book bloggers are already familiar with Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings’ RIP Challenge.  For those who aren’t familiar, it’s a reading challenge, covering the months of September and October, during which you read delightfully creepy / horror books to go along with the feelings of fall.  The books can be in any of the following genres:

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

There are multiple different ways to participate, including reading short stories and watching movies, plus there’s now a readalong you can participate in.  I’ve participated twice before purely in the book reading portion of the challenge, and that’s what I’m going to be doing again.  I’ll be doing Peril the First, for which you read four books that broadly fit in any of the categories above.

Books I already own that I could select for the challenge are listed below.  I’d love to hear from you in the comments if there’s one you’d particularly like to recommend to me from my list!

  • A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts by Ying Chang Compestine
  • Barely Breathing by Michael J. Kolinski
  • Beverly Hills Demon Slayer by Angie Fox
  • Brains: A Zombie Memoir by Robin Becker
  • Breed by Chase Novak
  • Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King
  • Deadtown by Nancy Holzner
  • Disclosure by Michael Crichton
  • From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
  • I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead by E. A. Aymar
  • The Keep by Paul F. Wilson
  • The Kitchen Witch by Annette Blair
  • Nightmare Fuel: Volume 1 by Bliss Morgan
  • The Shimmer by David Morrell
  • Smokin’ Six Shooter by B. J. Daniels
  • A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore
  • State of Decay by James Knapp
  • Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
  • The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
  • Tales of the Chtulhu Mythos by H. P. Lovecraft
  • Unshapely Things by Mark Del Franco
  • The Veiled Mirror: The Story of Prince Vlad Dracula’s Lost Love by Christine Frost
  • The Walking Dead, Volume 16 by Robert Kirkman
  • Wanted Woman by B. J. Daniels

I think I should be able to find four books from a list that large, don’t you?

PS If anyone is doing the short story challenge, I have two short stories published that fit within the parameters (and are free!).  Also, my published novel fits into the challenge too.  Check them all out on my publications page.


  1. September 5, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I am also taking part in this event. I would like to see your thoughts Cycle of the Werewolf and From a Buick 8 by Stephen King. I have Thinner and Just After Sunset by Stephen King as possible reads for the event. I would really like to read at least one of them. Good luck and enjoy!

    • September 5, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks, Jessica! I was already thinking about reading a Stephen King book (I know you know how much I enjoy him), and now I have another reason to do so!

      I hope you end up reading Thinner. I’ve read it before myself, and I’m interested to see what you think!

  2. September 8, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Although King is my favorite writer I didn’t like “From a Buick 8”. It just didn’t feel…plausible. I know this sounds weird but there you go. 🙂 Pet Sematary or Salem’s Lot were far better in my opinion.
    I really like this event and couldn’t wait for it to start this year. I have a list of books to read but I don’t think I’ll go through them all – just not enough time.

    • September 9, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Well, I’ll definitely be reading From a Buick 8 this year, since my partner is currently reading it and can’t wait to be able to talk to me about it! I’m very interested to see what I end up thinking of it. 🙂

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