Aug 25, 2008

It's that time of the year again

Wow, it feels that only a couple of months ago I was joining R.I.P. II. But no, a whole year has gone by, and it's time for R.I.P III. The goal of this challenge, hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings, is to read eerie, gothic, creepy, dark and atmospheric books between the 1st of September and Halloween.

I'm going to do Peril the First:

Read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.

And instead of following a rigid list, I'm going to pick four books from among these (or, knowing myself, I might end up reading something that's not in this list at all):
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  • A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle
  • The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Lost Boy Lost Girl by Peter Straub
  • Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist
  • Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
  • Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  • The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
  • The Vampyre by Tom Holland
  • Renfield: Slave of Dracula by Barbara Hambly
  • Nigthtmares and Fairy Tales by Serena Valentino
  • Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
  • Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Millar
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
That's it...a lot to choose from, and it will be hard, because all of these are books I'm really looking forward to reading. I can't wait to see what everyone else is thinking of reading.


  1. Great pool Nymeth! So many exciting books on there. Happy to see Nightmares and Fairy Tales. I was sad to see the series stop at issue 23. Serena Valentina is like that though, she only commits to shorter runs and then moves on to something different.

    Castle of Otranto was my first foray into true 'gothic' fiction and I enjoyed it. Quick read.

    Historian should be in my pool, can't believe I haven't read that.

    I look forward to see what you choose out of this pool or something else entirely. Thanks for joining in! I cannot believe a year has passed already!

  2. I ust signed up for this and added my list too. I am going for Peril the Second as I have no idea what I will be doing work wise during the time period. Your list looks really interesting. I hope you get around to The Black Jewels Trilogy and Nightmares and Fairy Tales.

  3. I wasn't going to join any more challenges this year, but after seeing your list, I might have to! I think you HAVE to read The Thirteenth Tale--it is really great!

  4. Carl: It's too bad the series didn't go on for longer. But it sounds like a great one and I'm sure I'll really enjoy discovering it at last. I had the impression you'd read The Historian, but that's possibly because I thought everyone but me had read it :P Time passes so fast, doesn't it? Thank you for hosting once again. Your challenges are always so much fun :D

    Rhinoa: Black Jewels trilogy is one I'll get to for sure, since it's also for our challenge. In fact, I ordered a copy just the other day, and hopefully it will be waiting for me when I go back to Portugal later this week. I hope you're not too busy with work and have the chance to read lots of great books :)

    Laura: I wasn't going to either, but I always make an exception for Carl's challenges. They're just too much fun! And since there's the option of reading only one book, there are no excuses to resist :P I think I'll love The Thirteenth Tale! I've heard such wonderful things about it.

  5. I'm joining this challenge too! Great choice of books, by the way.

  6. Another pick for Northanger Abbey. :)

    I suspect The Graveyard Book will be showing up on a lot of the reading list this year.

    The Vampyre - I think I read that when I was still studying. I was a big Tom Holland fan for a while.

    Stress of Her Regard - I never got around to finishing the book. I'm sure you have more discipline than me.

    Good luck with the challenge.

  7. oh my! lol that's some pool to choose from!! we have a few of the same books, Rebecca and 13th Tale!

  8. I am definitely doing this, and I will be checking out everyone's lists for ideas!! I think I might need to re-read Rebecca. I am adding an additional twist for myself, and only reading creepy/chiller/gothic books all of October. Yippee!! I can't wait. My post will be up later tonight with my list...

  9. I haven't signed up yet, but I probably will later on tonight. I need to decide what I am going to have in my pool! Some of your books are, though, as well as I think a couple books you read last year... I got ideas from all over the place.

  10. I think I'd be just as happy picking books from your pool as mine! You have some of my favorites from last year on there and I'm sure you'll enjoy them: The Historian, Thirteenth Tale, Rebecca, and Renfield are all incredible! And I can't wait for The Graveyard Book! So excited that it'll be here in a month. Are you going to get the American edition so you don't have to wait? That's just wrong that the UK edition takes longer to come out :/

  11. Oh shoot, I can't believe I forgot Northanger Abbey on my list! :(

  12. Lovely pool Nymeth! I'm sure you'll enjoy The Historian, The Thirteenth Tale and Lost Boy, Lost Girl if and when you decide to read them :)

    Funny but I have Titus Alone from the Mervyn Peake's opus but I never can find the other two. Hahaha!

    I have the other take on Renfield on my list though, not Hambly's. Hahaha!

    Let's all have fun reading for the challenge! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the books you included here!

  13. I'm soooo excited! In fact, I need to go make my list right now. I'll have a few of the same books you do on my list.

  14. Ooh--A Fine and Private Place is one of my all time favorite books!

    Great list!

  15. An excellent list, Nymeth. You reminded me that I have The Vampyre by Tom Holland on my tbr mountain so I fished it out and added it to my pile too. The trouble is... that makes 13 now. 8-S

  16. Great list, Nymeth! I'm looking forward to reading all your reviews. ;)

  17. That's a great list, Nymeth. I've only read two of them -- Rebecca and Northanger Abbey -- so I look forward to your reviews!

  18. Really great list! I've read a few on there. Can't wait to read what you think.

  19. Hi Nymeth, Great list! You and I have some of the same books - Northanger Abbey (Chris has it too), Lonely Werewolf Girl, and I have Tim Powers (On Stranger Tides instead) and Peter Beagle ( Tamsin) and we all have Graveyard Book! Isn't this a great challenge? I love this time of year, and I'm so excited to let myself read horror/supernatural books for the next two months! Oh - I've read the Black Jewels trilogy, it's really good, and I love We Have Always Lived at the Castle - very eerie and creepy. I really liked Lost Girl Lost Boy but it scared me!! (that's good though, it's not often a book does that!) and I read The Historian last year - very good vampire novel. I hope you like them all!

  20. What a great list - I can't wait to see what you think of the Gormenghast cycle, it's one of my favorite stories...

  21. Alessandra: yay, I'm glad you're joining too!

    Dark Orpheus: Chris reminded me of it, but I was thinking of reading another Austen this year anyway. I hope The Stress of Her Regard doesn't turn out to be disappointing. I want to read that and The Vampyre because of a Byron kick I was on earlier this year. And since I mooched The Vampyre recently, I will get to that one first.

    Deslily: It'll be fun to compare notes :)

    Daphne: I love your twist. I'd do the same if I hadn't gotten myself into so many other challenges :P

    Kailana: I look forward to seeing what you pick!

    Chris: And I wonder whose fault it is that all those books ended up on my list for this year :P I'm sure I'll enjoy them too! And yup, I'm getting The Graveyard Book from I'm just too impatient :P

    Stephanie: It's still not too late!

    Lightheaded: I'm pretty sure I'll get to at least some of those for the simple fact that I already have copies! But then again, you never know :P This will be great fun for sure :)

    Andi: Me too! Can't wait to see what you pick.

    Lisalit: Judging my how much I enjoyed everything by Beagle that I've read so far, I expect to love it!

    Cath: A perfect number for RIP :P

    Melody, glad you think so!

    Robin: I hope I have time to read those, as they're classics I've been meaning to get to for years. But I WILL read them, even if not for RIP.

    Chris, thanks! I only wish I had time to read them all.

    Susan: It is a great challenge! I'm really look forward to reading all of those! I can't wait to see what you're reading.

    Ken: I really hope I can get to that one. It's another classic I've been meaning to read for years. And the new single volume Vintage edition looks so irresistible.

  22. Oh, you have a great list to choose from. Of those I've only read The Thirteenth Tale, Rebecca, and Northanger Abbey although the Austen was so long ago I'd really like to reread it one of these days. I look forward to your reviews although I predict they'll be bad for my wishlist! ;)

  23. I do so love this whole "pool" thing! Looks like you've got a great pile of choices...and of course, you reminded me of some I left off my list, like The Historian, and Tamsin (it would be appropriate, wouldn't it?). Few (or should I say "no other") challenges get me as excited as Carl's!

  24. This is a great list. I've read several on your list, and I would highly recommend -- Rebecca, The Thirteenth Tale, The Historian, We Have Always Lived in the Castle -- all GREAT books!

  25. tanabata: Everyone else's will be bad for mine too. Carl's challenges in particular just have a way of doing that.

    Debi: Yup, Tamsin would be just perfect. In fact, I've seen it on a few lists. And yes, Carl's challenges are the Christmas of the blogging world :P

    Lisa: I remember your review of We Have Always Lived in the's one of the reasons why I want to read it so much!

  26. Great pool of books Nymeth! I was really impressed by Nightmares and Fairy Tales - it wasn't at all what I expected. I think because it's a graphic novel, I go in thinking it will be lighter fare (silly assumption of course) and it was quite dark but good. Anyway looking forward to your reviews!
    Have fun!

  27. Great list Nymeth! I think I'm gonig to join and read Jonathon Strange...but not yet. I loved The Thirteenth Tale and The Historian--and both are perfect for the challenge. Have fun!!

  28. Iliana: I really hope to get to that one in particular. Since graphic novels are such quick reads I should be able to do it :)

    Trish: I'm glad you're planning on joining too. I look forward to your thoughts on Jonathan Strange :)

  29. Yes, believe your eyes, I'm here making a comment! Astonishing, isn't it? *grin* I'm playing catch up and turning over a new leaf, so I hope you've been well and I'll be popping up more regularly again!

    AWESOME list, as always. The Historian is fab. The Thirteenth Tale is a great read, in fact I may have to revisit that one if I get through enough of my list. I read Lost Boy Lost Girl this year and loved it.

    Renfield: Slave of Dracula is one I tried to read last year for the challenge but I of course got completely sidetracked.

    Jamaica Inn - one of my absolute favourites. Adore that book. Rebecca is also a fabulous choice.

    *excited fangirl stomping over The Graveyard Book*

    Looking forward to all your reviews and to chatting with you!

  30. I'm really jealous of all you guys who can include The Graveyard Book in your pools - it's not out here in the UK until 31 October (but maybe if I pre-order from Amazon and don't do anything but read that day...?)

  31. Quixotic: lol :D It's always great to hear from you! I just started The Historian, and so far, so great! I really look forward to reading all the ones you mentioned. The whole list, really, even though I know I won't have time for everything.

    Geraniumcat: I'm in Europe too, and normally I order all my books from UK stores like TheBookDepository, but I'm just too impatient for this one, so it will be this time. The funny/sad thing is that I really want the UK adult edition because of the cover, so I have the sneaking suspicion I'll end up buying it as well...a bit obsessive of me, I know :P And you know, I bet finishing the book in a day is doable!

  32. Hi Nymeth, I popped over from Melody's.

    You have an intriguing list of books for the RIP III challenge. I'm participating for the first time and listed only five books... Almost had The Historian in the list but the sheer pages of it made me rethink. But I just might include it later. Maybe. :)


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