Ten years ago Carl V. Anderson over at Stainless Steel Droppings introduced his R.eader's I.mbibing P.eril challenge which has since morphed into an event--with more fun than competition as its goal. For its tenth anniversary he asked his friends, Andi and Heather, of the Estella Society, to host.
But the goals remained the same: reading and/or watching all things Gothic, spooky and mysterious. Categories that may be included are Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, Supernatural or other closely-related fields.
In the past, I have added some spooking viewing to the mix, but this year I opted for reading only.
Peril the First: Read at least 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.
1. Jewelled Eye by Douglas Clark (9/1/15)
2. Murder by Death by Henry Keating (9/2/15)
3. The Fourteen Dilemma by Hugh Pentecost (9/3/15)
4. The Stowmarket Mystery by Louis Tracy (9/5/15)
5. The Brandenburg Hotel by Pauline Glen Winslow (9/7/15)
6. The Bat Flies Low by Sax Rohmer (9/10/15)
7. The Albert Gate Mystery by Louis Tracy (9/14/15)
8. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen (9/14/15)
9. The Gay Phoenix by Michael Innes (9/15/15)
10. Some Buried Caesar by Rex Stout (9/17/15)
11. Black Alibi by Cornell Woolrich (9/23/15)
12. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (9/23/15)
13. The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl (9/25/15)
14. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters (9/28/15)
15. Death Dines Out by Theodora Du Bois (9/30/15)
16. The Red Box by Rex Stout (10/3/15)
17. At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie (10/6/15)
18. Happiness Is a Warm Corpse as edited by Alfred Hitchcock (10/7/15)
19. The Ghost Writer by John Harwood (10/16/15)
20. Ax by Ed McBain (10/21/15)
21. Murder on Cue by Jane Dentinger (10/27/15)
22. There Hangs a Knife by Marcia Muller (10/29/15)
23. The Vanishing Corpse by Ellery Queen (10/31/15)