It's here! It's here, it's here, it's here! RIP VI, the annual horror/ghost story/suspense reading challenge hosted by Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings. I am, you can tell, so very excited. Not only that, but it's the angel from 'Blink', only one of my favourite Dr Who episodes, EVER!!!! *happy sigh from Ottawa*
I do have to apologize, I meant to do at least two posts while waiting for RIP to start, but life got in the way. It's been one of those years, I think, where I am barely hanging on. I think about posting quite often! I've started many in my head, on my way home from work. Posts on books I've read, books I should have reviewed but didn't get around to, books I got out from the library, super reads.......one day they will get done. Right now, I'm reading, my way of keeping sane in a year that making me look at who I really am, and where I want to go from here.
Before I post my list for RIP, I have to add this very short funny story: I went to Montreal last weekend, a quick family get-away. Because of my knee, which is still not healed all the way, I can only do short trips right now. So off we went on the train for a weekend holiday. Around the corner from our hotel, was a Chapters. Convenient, you say? Yes. Planned? No, I did not know until after we booked it! At this Chapters, I discovered the Ellen Datlow ghost story anthology I have been looking for for almost a year: The Dark.
A sign? Yes, I think so. I snatched it up and held it close to my chest. It was the only book I bought last weekend, a rare event in my book-buying life. So I am treating myself to a RIP book-buying
I have picked more mysteries this year, partly because they are all sitting on my shelves, partly because one of my reading goals is to get to 50 mysteries read this year.
SUSAN'S RIP VI LIST ***partial only, despite the long list
The World of Charles Addams - collection of Charles Addams illustrations
macabre drawings, creator of the Addams family, black humour that is witty
Kraken - China Mieville - Giant squid! Just on that alone, I had to read this book.
The Dark: New Ghost Stories - Ellen Datlow - see prev post.
Blackwater - Kerstin Ekman - a Scandinavian mystery that I keep hearing about, dark and terrifying, that took me several years to find. I found it during my first visit to Book Bazaar, a second-hand bookstore here in Ottawa, last week.
Birdman - Mo Hayder - another mystery I have been almost too scared to read. Grisly is one word I keep coming across. I will try it, anyway, though graphic descriptions are not what I find scary (and tend to bother me since I am a visual person). The series is supposed to be very good.
Grendel - John Gardner - I've wanted to read this for a very long time. From the point of view of the monster in Beowulf.
The Surgeon - Tess Gerritsen - another creepy mystery thriller. The first in the Rizzoli and Isles series.
Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror - Chris Priestley - so many of you bloggers have enjoyed this one! Specifically Chris at Stuff as Dreams are Made of. The House With the Clock in Its Walls - John Bellair - I read Face in the Frost last year, and really enjoyed it. This book is for children, and looks deliciously spooky.
Chill of Fear - Kay Hooper - Just sitting on my shelf. Spooky Crimes unit special, FBI plus heroine with psi powers.
A Fine and Private Place - Peter S. Beagle - I have never read this classic ghost story by him.
Tricks - Ed McBain - I know, this has been on my list for several years. Now is the time! Set during Hallowe'en, it's perfect for RIP.....
Winter House - Carol O'Connell - a Mallory mystery, this one is called a family gothic.
Mallory is one of the most fascinating main characters in modern fiction. I can hardly wait to read this one. I'm two behind in the series, so this will start to catch me up.
Dark Harvest - Norman Partridge - Can't resist a book with a pumpkin on the cover! Plus, Chris again recommended this one.
The Keeper - Sarah Langan - her debut horror novel, by all accounts very scary. The titular figure is also named Susan, so how could I resist?
A Dark Matter - Peter Straub - a horror story par excellence, about a ritual gone badly wrong many years ago and the hero's quest to find out what happened that night.
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters - a classic ghost story, one I've been meaning to read, and I think it's time has come. I'm the last person in the world to NOT have read this yet.
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch - he discovers he can talk to ghosts, and he is on the police force. Recommended by Bride of the Book God. (Yes, the book has a different title over here than in England).
Manitou Blood - Graham Masterton - I wrote in my last post that I didn't know he had a vampire novel out. I read his The Manitou years ago, and it was so frightening. It was about the aboriginal spirits called Manitous, and if you can find it, it's worth it. I'm hoping Manitou Blood will be as frightening.
this one a paranormal mystery complete with an 'entity' who means no good for our heroine.
Angel Cafe - Jill Morrow - another book lurking on my shelves,
Falling Angel - William Hjortsberg - a mystery that features voodoo, black magic, and murder. Highly recommended when it first came out in 1979. About time I read it, right?
Every Dead Thing - John Connolly. The first book in his Charlie Parker series, he sees ghosts. Supposed to be gory too, certainly the description of the first bodies was. I tried to read it a few years ago, and stopped after a few pages. I'm hoping this time it will go better, as the series does look really interesting. Intense and terrifying is what I've heard about this book. Have you read it?
Poltergeist - Kat Richardson - 2nd book in the Harper Blaine, PI, paranormal mysteries. She can see ghosts and spirits and the undead, all that hover between this world and the next. I enjoyed the first one, Greywalker, very much.
Have you read any of these? What are you looking forward to reading this year?
I am going to be doing RIP the first, of course. I'm also going to do RIP Screen, since I love ghost and horror movies. I am not sure yet what I will be watching for this challenge.