As Summer Draws to a Close, RIP VI Begins …

Summer is fading, the temperature is dropping, and the evenings are drawing in. Autumn is approaching, bring with it the sixth annual RIP challenge.

A wonderful opportunity to read mystery,suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, horror, supernatural…

“Regardless of what my thermometer tells me, my heart tells me that autumn is here and that it is once again time to revel in things ghostly and ghastly, in stories of things that go bump in the night. It is time to trail our favorite detectives as they relentlessly chase down their prey, to go down that dark path into the woods, to follow flights of fantasy and fairy tale that have a darker heart than their spring time brethren. To confront gothic, creepy, horror stories in all their chilling delight.”

Now doesn’t that sound perfect?

So many wonderful possibilities, and I have pulled together a pool of eight books.

Tales of Terror from the Tunnel’s Mouth by Chris Priestly has been waiting for quite a while. The final part of a trilogy, I so want to read it but I really don’t want the series to be over.

I have already begun What They Do in the Dark by Amanda Coe. It is very strange and very dark.

The story of Sweeny Todd has been retold many times, and I want to read the book that told the story first: The String of Pearls by Thomas Peskett Prest.

Ghastly Business by Louise Levene caught my eye quite recently – a bluestocking is caught up in a murder mystery in twenties London.

The Baskerville Legacy by John O’Connell tells the story of Arthur Conan-Doyle as he travels to Dartmoor and writes – or maybe co-writes – that famous story.

Midwinter Sacrifice by Mons Kallentoff is a Scandinavian murder mystery, with a woman investigator who looks very, very interesting.

The Unseen by Katherine Webb is a story of spiritualism in Edwardian England that has been sitting on my bedside table for a while, waiting for this season.

And I am intrigued by the The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

So many intriguing possibilities.

And there are group reads, short stories, films to ponder too.

Autumn will be wonderful.

What do you plan to read as the days shorten?

8 responses

  1. Oooo, what great choices. I might borrow a few suggestions like Tales of Terror from the Tunnel’s Mouth (love that Gorey-like cover), The Baskerville Legacy and A Discovery of Witches.

  2. I haven’t heard of quite a few of those – I love it when I see more books that I just HAVE to read! 😉

    I also have The Unseen on my almost-immediate pile and never thought of that being eleigable for the RIP tast. Have you read The Lagacy? I loved that.

  3. Me too, I have The Unseen to read. Perhaps it will be a good book to read as the days darken.

    Ghastly Business sounds intriguing.

    Not sure I am going to read anything in particular at the moment now the nights are drawing in.

  4. The Chris Priestly is excellent, I love all three of the books and hope he may be planning more. The Baskerville Legacy sounds very intriguing, look forward to hearing about that. I couldn’t get beyond page 60 of A Discovery of Witches but others have loved it so good luck with that. Very interesting list.

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