Challenge: R.I.P. IV

RIP 4 challenge It’s been raining tremendously lately, and rain always makes me think of Poe, which makes me think of Southern Gothic, which makes me think of Halloween, which makes me feel giddy. So: I’m joining the R.I.P. IV challenge.

It runs from September 1st to October 31st, and there are four levels of participation you can do. I decided to do Peril the First (i.e. four books). I’m sure I can do it! Right?

I’ve got some books already in my TBR pile, but I think I might check out the library tomorrow and see if they have anything displayed for Halloween yet. I really want to focus on Southern Gothic novels, but I’ll probably just end up reading whatever catches my eye. It’s interesting to see people’s pools, though, so here’s what I’m thinking of reading (from my own shelves):

(Summaries are from Amazon, by the way.)

Horror
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
I am not even gonna both with descriptions for these two.

Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp: Emily was a selfish, willful, hateful child who died before her thirteenth birthday. But that was a long time ago. Jane is nine years old and an orphan when she and her young Aunt Louisa come to spend the summer at Jane’s grandmother’s house, a large, mysterious mansion in Massachusetts. Then one day . . . Jane stares into a reflecting ball in the garden—and the face that looks back at her is not her own. Many years earlier, a child of rage and malevolence lived in this place. And she never left. Now Emily has dark plans for little Jane—a blood-chilling purpose that Louisa, just a girl herself, must battle with all her heart, soul, and spirit . . . or she will lose her innocent, helpless niece forever.

Gothic
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Look elsewhere for a summary, knave!

Dark Fantasy
The Dreaming, Vol. 1 by Queenie Chan: When twin sisters Amber and Jeanie are accepted into an exclusive Australian boarding school, their future looks bright. But the school’s halls harbor a terrible secret: students have been known to wander into the surrounding bushlands and vanish…without a trace! No one knows where they went–or why. But as Amber and Jeanie are about to learn, the key to the school’s dark past may lie in the world of their dreams…

Suspense
The Ghost Writer by John Harwood: In this tantalizing tale of Victorian ghost stories and family secrets, timid, solitary librarian Gerard Freeman lives for just two things: his elusive pen pal Alice and a story he found hidden in his mother’s drawer years ago. Written by his great-grandmother Viola, it hints at his mother’s role in a sinister crime. As he discovers more of Viola’s chilling tales, he realizes that they might hold the key to finding Alice and unveiling his family’s mystery-or will they bring him the untimely death they seem to foretell?

Mystery
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Also not gonna bother with a description.

What do you think? Am I missing something I should definitely be reading? Maybe a newer book that came out this year?

The final read list:
1. The Ghost Writer – John Harwood
2. The Uninvited – Tim Wynne-Jones
3. The Monstrumologist – Rick Yancey
4. The Ghost and Mrs McClure – Alice Kimberly

Finished October 24, 2009!

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3 thoughts on “Challenge: R.I.P. IV”

  1. Aw, I love Phantom of the Opera! And I read Jane-Emily! Years ago – I had forgotten all about it until just now. That’s the one with the gazing-ball? It was soooo creepy.

    1. Yeah! I tried reading it in JulyAugust, but it was so gothic it didn’t fit in with my summer reading desires (i.e. chick lit) and so I decided to save it for fall/winter. And so I have! And now it’s time to read it! 😀

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