It’s Time For R.I.P. VIII


I’m always in the mood for Carl’s R.I.P., but this year even more so than ususally. I have collected tons of “rippish” reads all through summer, even started a few already.

For those not familiar with the challenge or who have forgotten the “rules” these are the genres you can choose from:

Dark Fantasy.
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above. That is what embodies the stories, written and visual, that we celebrate with the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event.

I intend to cover pretty much all of them and therefore sign up for


There is also a readalong of The Historian which tempts me as well

Vintage Cluj Cemetery

Details can be found here

Here is a choice of books I want to read, have already read or am about to finish

Gaslamp Fantasy

Queen Vistoria’s Book of Spells

House Next Door

Anne River Siddons The House Next Door

Devil's Sanctuary

Marie Hermanson’s The Devil’s Sanctuary

Ghost of a Chance

Simon R. Green Ghost of a Chance

Red Tree

Caitlín R. Kiernan’s The Red Tree

Dead of Winter

Chris Pristley’s The Dead of Winter

The Keeper

Sarah Langan’s The Keeper

And these are the movies I might review. I’ve watched them all in the last two weeks or so.

The Conjuring (2013)

The Crazies (2010)

Jeepers Creepers I (2001) and Jeepers Creepers II (2003)

The Thing (1982)

If you’d like to sign up here’s the link

And here’s the link to the Review Site.

Will you join as well? What will you read?

35 thoughts on “It’s Time For R.I.P. VIII

  1. Have fun with the R.I.P. this time around! I’m planning on re-reading The Historian with The Estella Society. It was such a perfect autumnal read, and sufficient time has passed that it will be ‘new’ to me again. Looking forward to sharing thoughts with you. xo

    • Thanks, Bellezza. I’m really in the mood to start. 🙂 I would love to read The Historian but I’m on a holiday in the middle of it, so I’m not sure I can make it but would love to.
      I’m sure it’s a book that will be even better read with others.

  2. It’s RIP time already?? how time flies!

    I will join in too (as always) but not going to write the books because I am now in the mood to read randomly/unplan.

  3. I’m excited–I’ve been thinking about this and have been wondering when Carl was going to post the info. I have a list going so will have to think about what I am going to read…. I likely will not be able to reread The Historian (too many other books I want to read), but I will have plenty of other books to choose from. I have requested that Anne River Siddons book from the library–I was not familiar with it–it has been ages since I’ve read any of her books!

    • I’ve been totally looking forward to this all summer. I’m not sure I’ll manage the readalong but I’d love to read the book.
      The House Next Door was totally not what I’ve expected but I thought it was done although I didn’t like the main character.
      I’m looking forward to your list.

  4. What a coincidence…my best friend just recommended The Historian.

    I read The House Next Door years ago and thought it was very creepy but good. Siddons is a great storyteller and this book is unlike all the others she’s written. Stephen King raved about it. Outer Banks is also a fun read.

    • I discovered The House Next Door through Kings non-fiction book. I don’t like some of it, its very 80s but the idea is great and it has a lot that speaks to me. She certainly writes well, very descriptive and detailed.
      That’s a coincidence about The Historian. I’ve heard different things about it. Some find it boring, others love it. I think it’s worth trying.
      I hadn’t heard of Outer Banks. I looked it up. I love Souther Gothic. It sounds like I’d like it s well. Thanks.

  5. This sounded like fun last year. There is something about this time of year that lends itself to the creepy. I hesitate to sign up and then not come through. I think I’ll see how my time plays out.

    • You can review only one book or movie, and that would be Peril the Third or so.
      I two months it’s likely you will read some crime but it’s up to you.
      It would be great if you could join.

  6. Nice to know that it is time for Carl’s R.I.P this year. The selection of books you are planning to read looks wonderful. Nice to see Simon R. Green there 🙂 I read Kostova’s ‘The Historian’ a few years back and loved it. In an interesting coincidence, I got a copy of the book and gifted it to one of my book club friends last week. I saw ‘Jeepers Creepers’ sometime back on TV and it was really scary. I got a few Stephen King novels recently and also a few Ruth Rendell books (the creepy, horror ones). So, maybe I should join Carl’s R.I.P 🙂

    Happy reading! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the books you read and the movies you watch.

    • I hope you will jojn!
      I’m looking forward to reading, although I’ll probably change titles later.
      I should read The Historian, I guess. 🙂
      Jee pers Creepers has one of the creepiest monsters ever! The acting was not so good, almost like a parody but that creature is great.
      King and REdndell are good choices. I hope you do join.

  7. This sounds like a lot of fun. I will try to join in this year.

    I have some thoughts on what I may read that I want to ponder for a few days.

    I see that you are considering reviewing the 2010 version of the crazies. Have you ever seen the original? It is one of my favorites.

    • It’s a lot of fun and it would wonderful if you would join.
      I haven’t watched the original of The Crazies yert but if you like it, I’ll try to find it. Thanks.
      Of the movies I watched so far The Thing and The Conjuring were the best.

  8. The Red Tree is a different kind of read…good but different. I will be interested on hearing your thoughts when you finish!! I also have The House Next Door on my pile…I’m really looking forward to reading it! Hope you have fun and enjoy all of these 🙂

    • Thanks, Samantha. I’ve read some of Kiernan’s short stories and started The Drowning Girl and it was very different too.
      I hope you’ll like The House Next Door.

  9. Great looking books! Come the first of August, regardless of the weather, I start getting in a RIP mood. This year it was aided by nice temps (which has since disappeared) and I’ve been aching for this thing to officially get started. So glad it finally has. (I act as if I have no control over this, lol!).

    Wonderful to have your enthusiastic self back again. Thank you!

    • Thanks, Carl and thanks for hosting it again. And starting a bit earlier.:)
      RIP is so special to me as I started blogging three years ago just two weeks before RIP and immediately signed up. It was so much fun.
      I’ve been in a RIP mood since July this year! I hope to read as much as possible, through all the genres and subgenres.

  10. Ooo you have some good looking books listed here. The House Next Door really freaked me out – I actually vowed to never reread it. The Devil’s Sanctuary and Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells both sound really good! I will have to check them out!

    • I’m looking forward to reading them. I’ve finished THe House Next Door and thought it was really well done. Quite different.
      I can really recommend Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, Most stories are so well written. I haven’t tried Hermanson yet but I hope soon.

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