September has started and it’s time to enjoy R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril challenge, hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.

Welcome to R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XI.

Many of you are probably frequent participants in this event, but for those who are new, or returning after an absence, I grew up reading scary stories illustrated by the incomparable Edward Gorey, watching horror films starring Vincent Price, and generally discovering the literary wonder of authors like Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. I did go through a brief high school, early-20’s phase where the overly gorey films like Nightmare on Elm Street were my fancy, and while I do not look down on anyone who continues to embrace that kind of entertainment, my first love when it comes to those lengthening Autumn nights are stories in the gothic vein, classic and modern mysteries, and the kind of atmospheric stories, in any format, that give you chills up your spine and make you want to pull the covers up tight.

It is in that spirit that this event began.

Reading and watching television are solitary activities, but can be expanded to a community if you get together to share what is exciting your interest and to discuss like passions. That is the entire point of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril.

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XI takes place from September 1st, 2016 through October 31st, 2016.

There are only two expectations if you want to participate with us:

1. Have fun reading (and watching*).
2. Share that fun with others.

There are multiple levels of participation so that you can imbibe as much, or as little, as you desire/as time permits, and still consider yourselves a part of this community event.

The genres familiar from previous years are thrillers, mystery, dark fantasy, suspence, gothic, and horror. This year I’m concentrating on reading authors I’m familiar with. I still have three unread mystery books from Elizabeth Peters, the Serpent on the crown, Street of Five Moons, and Siluoutte in Scarlett, so I’ll try to finish them. Also, I’ve only two more books left in Kris Nelscott’s excellent historical mystery series: Days of Rage and Street Justice.

I might also get caught up with Walking Dead (the tv show). I’m at least two seasons behind.

The review site is here.

So I’m joining

Read four books, of any length, from the very broad categories earlier defined as perilous. They could all be by the same author, a series of books, a random mix of classic and contemporary or whatever you like.

1, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Serial
2, John Helfers ed.: Fiction River: Visions of the Apocalypse
3, Elizabeth Peters: The Street of Five Moons
4, Elizabeth Peters: Silhouette in Scarlet
5, Fritz Leiber: Swords and Ice Magic
6, Jennifer Roberson: Sword-Dancer
7, Tim Powers: The Stress of Her Regard