Sunday, September 16, 2012

Event (Challenge!) Complete: R.I.P. VII

Seven years ago Carl V. started the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, or R.I.P. for short, event wherein we the people spend however little, or much, time we want over the months of September and October imbibing all things ghastly and ghostly.  He has since elected to drop the "Challenge" from the event title so that everyone can relax and enjoy, but considering how little I read in the spooky/horror/thriller realm, I consider R.I.P. to be a personal challenge.  There is still time to join in so jump on the link (R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII) and choose your Peril. 

I have completed my declared Peril participation, but I may well read/view more spine-tinglers before it's all over. [Actually, I can promise that at least one more book review is coming your way.  Keep an eye on this space....]

Here are my chosen Perils:

Peril the First:
Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be King or Conan Doyle, Penny or Poe, Chandler or Collins, Lovecraft or Leroux…or anyone in between.
My anticipated reading list:
1. The Necropolis Railway by Andrew Martin (9/7/12)
2. A Stranger in My Grave by Margaret Millar (9/10/12)
3. Vincent Price: The Art of Fear by Denis Meikle (9/13/12)
4. The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes (9/16/12)
5. The White Forest by Adam McOmber (9/18/12) 

AND this year I upped the ante a bit and also chose:

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 Midsomer Murders, or your favorite film. If you are so inclined, please post links to any R.I.P.-related viewing you do on to the Review Site as well.
I decided to do a mini-marathon featuring Vincent Price, one of the kings of classic horror films. I've listed my Peril screenings (only one was necessary) and I may add a few more before October is over.

1. The Great Mouse Detective (1986) with Vincent Price as the voice of Professor Ratigan
2. Laura (1944) with Vincent Price, Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews & Clifton Webb. 
3. House on Haunted Hill (1959) with Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart & Richard Long.
4. Theatre of Blood (1973) with Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry, Robert Morley, etc.
5. House of Wax (1953) with Vincent Price, Charles Bronson (credited Charles Buchinsky, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk.

Declared Commitment Complete: 9/16/12