Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting the R.I.P. challenge. It has a variety of challenges for people to read books in the mystery, thriller, dark fantasy, supernatural, gothic, and horror genres. And a quest on the screen for viewers. It runs from September 1st through October 31st.

I’m going to take part in

Peril the First: Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (my very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be Stephen King or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming or Edgar Allan Poe…or anyone in between.

Happily, these books are most likely going to come from my to-read-pile. I’m planning to read
Elizabeth Bear: By the Mountain Bound (Dark Fantasy)
In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Mystery)
Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews (Mystery)
Mosaic Crimes by Giulio Leoni (Finnish translation) (Mystery)

I also ended up taking part in
Peril on the Screen: This is for those of us that like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large. It might be a television show, like Dark Shadows, or your favorite film.

Hellboy: Sword of Storms
Hellboy: Blood & Iron

Jocelynn Drake: Dawnbraker (Dark Fantasy)
Giulio Leoni: The Mosaic Crimes (Mystery)
Jacqueline Carey: Kushiel’s Scion (Dark Fantasy)
Donna Andrews: Murder with Peacocks (Mystery)
Julia Spencer-Fleming: In the Bleak Midwinter (Mystery)
Peter Clines: Ex-Heroes (Horror light)
Peter Clines: Ex-Patriots (Horror light)