Sunday, September 9, 2012

RIP VII: I'm taking on "Peril the First"!

When I heard about RIP VII (the RIP is short for Readers Imbibing Peril), I knew I had to participate.  As a writer who loves to create monstrous characters, this is a great way for me to get some new inspiration.  The purpose of RIP VII is to enjoy books and movies/television that could be classified as mystery, horror, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, supernatural, or other similar genres.  The goals are to enjoy what you're reading/watching, and to share that fun with others.  So in the spirit of sharing, here's what I'll be indulging in:

Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Jeff Lindsay
The Dark Half, Stephen King
Coraline, Neil Gaiman
Ten Great Mysteries, a compilation of stories by Edgar Allan Poe

Full disclosure: I've read the top two before.  But they're such great writing inspiration for me that I'm gonna read them again, dammit.  I've had this Poe compilation kicking around since middle school, so I figure it's high time I read that--and I've always wanted to check out Gaiman's stuff, so I think this is a great opportunity to do so!

Are you participating in RIP VII?  What stories will you be reading that go bump in the night?  :)


  1. I've been in a big Stephen King mood recently and was just thinking about The Dark Half the other day - the one with the author whose pseudonym comes to life? Creeptastic. I haven't read it since I was about 14 so definitely worth another look.

    Great list. Happy reading to you!

  2. Wonderful to have you joining us! Thanks! I hope you find a lot of monstrous inspiration during this reading event. :)

  3. Kate, The Dark Half is one of my very favorite books! Creeptastic,, I can't see a sparrow now without smiling and thinking "Psychopomp!" :) My favorite thing about Stephen King is that he writes about writers so well. Happy reading to you, too!

  4. Thank you, Carl! I'm really looking forward to the monstrous inspiration...and using RIP VII a good excuse to read some excellent stories. :)