R.I.P. XIV-Readers Imbibing Peril for the Fourteenth Year!


Probably one of the most fun challenges of the year, R.I.P. reminds me that I really do like horror. After reading HP Lovecraft’s, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward this year I plan to read two of his short stories, “The Call of Cthulhu” and “The Dunwich Horror.”


I have high hopes for Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray and am curious about Daphne Du Maurier’s, The House on the Strand. I assume I will like James’s, The Turn of the Screw and it’s hard to believe I have never read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Silver Bullet is a vintage detective/mystery novel, whose main character Craig Kennedy is billed as the American Sherlock Holmes….we’ll see πŸ™‚

RIP is described not as a challenge, but a community coming together and “embracing the autumnal mood, whether the weather is cooperative where you live or not.” There are, however, two goals:

1. Have fun reading.

2. Share that fun with others.

Easy enough!

There are several “Perils” one can choose. From the website

Peril the First:

Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (our very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be Stephen King or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Shirley Jackson or Tananarive Due…or anyone in between.

Peril the Second:

Read two books of any length that you believe fit within the challenge categories.

Peril the Third:

We all want you to participate. This Peril involves reading one book that fits within the R.I.P. definition.

Peril of the Short Story:

We are fans of short stories and our desire for them is perhaps no greater than in autumn. We see Jackson in our future for sure! You can read short stories any time during the challenge. We sometimes like to read short stories over the weekend and post about them around that time. Feel free to do this however you want, but if you review short stories on your site, please link to those reviews on our RIPXIV Book Review pages.

Peril on the Screen:

This is for those of us who 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. If you are so inclined, please post links to any R.I.P.-related viewing you do on our book review pages as well.

Peril of the Review:

Submit a short review of any book you read and you may see it here on the blog!Β Again, you may participate in one or all of the various Perils. Our one demand:Β enjoy yourself!


Along with books, and short stories, I will watch some films to be determined. Hmm, I wonder if Los Espookys counts?
Are you participating this year? Find others on social media with the hashtag #ripxiv.

15 thoughts on “R.I.P. XIV-Readers Imbibing Peril for the Fourteenth Year!

  1. Hey Laurie, I am also taking part in R.I.P again this year. You have some great books lined up – I absolutely love Frankenstein and The House on the Strand. I also really enjoyed A Picture of Dorian Grey and The Turn of the Screw. Sadly, I wasn’t a fan of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Happy spooky reading to you!

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  2. I shall probably join in with this, but unofficially—I’ve been doing too many ‘challenges’ (however they’ve been dressed up not to be challenges) of late and feel a bit hemmed in by them. So I may join in, but retrospectively! πŸ™‚

    I’ve already commented briefly on your choices, but I just want to say I’m looking forward to your reviews, not just to see if we concur but because I like to read different perspectives on a familiar fiction, as your reviews often are. Where would be we be without diversity of perspective? πŸ™‚

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  3. I love the R.I.P. challenge too. You have a great selection of books there. The House on the Strand is one of my favourite Daphne du Maurier books and I also enjoyed Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Jekyll and Hyde. Have fun!

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  4. Jekyll and Hyde is great and so are the old movie adaptations starring Spencer Tracy and Fredric March – it’s fun comparing them to see how differently they treat the story. Have fun and don’t forget to lock the doors before you begin… πŸ˜‰

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  5. My to be read list is already way too long for me to consider joining in the R.I.P. this time around, but I have read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and any number of Stephen King books. By the way any lovers of King’s books would probably also enjoy the books of Richard Laymon. According to critics, “in King’s books the blood drips…in Laymon’s it splatters!” And I still have a book of Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe to get through. Enjoy RIP.

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  6. I really look forward to your upcoming posts. HO Lovecraft wrote phenomenal stories. You almost cannot go wrong with any of them. I am curious as to what you think of the other books too.

    I participated in RIP a couple of times in the past. Maybe I will get on a post or two this year.

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