Just this morning, I was exulting that August is nearly over, which means my favorite time of year is just days away. Then I checked my feeds and saw that Carl has raised the curtain on R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII. Rejoice!! Autumn comes early!

At this point, I probably don’t need to reiterate how much I love and look forward to RIP. Suffice it to say that I’ve been tucking potential RIP titles into a little corner of my mind all year, and am thrilled to finally dig into them. Per usual, I plan to undertake Peril the First: read four books of any length that fit into the broad range of RIP categories: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, and Supernatural. In the mix for Peril the First:

Lamb to the Slaughter, Aline Templeton
The Sculptress, Minnette Walters
Shakespeare’s Landlord, Charlaine Harris
Dracula, Bram Stoker (Because at this point, it’s a tradition for me to list ol’ Drac. And I do really mean to read it–maybe this is the year!)

This list has some old favorites for a backbone and plenty of room to flesh out with recommendations from other RIPpers. It’s also, I hope, a nice mix of mood and mayhem. If I live up to my usual RIP greediness, I’ll read many more than just four books!

I don’t have a plan for Peril on the Screen—oh wait, yes, I do! My best friend and I are planning to sit in the dark and scare ourselves silly with the screen adaptation of The Woman in Black, once the weather gets an eensy bit more autumnal. Assuming we survive with our wits intact (not a safe assumption, as we are both enormous ‘fraidy-cats when it comes to suspenseful movies) I’ll write you up a review.

Finally, I am thrilled to my little tippy-toes that this year, I have a very special volume to indulge in for Peril of the Short Story, the debut collection from a woman who has long thrilled me with her dark, humorous fiction:

Small Towns, Dark Places, Tansy Undercrypt

Oh, the treats in store for us, my pretties!

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