Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

R.I.P. VI 2012

The goals for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII are simple, Carl says:

1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.

Mystery.Suspense.Thriller.Dark Fantasy.Gothic.Horror.Supernatural.

Novels to maybe-read:
Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White (1859)
Oh-em-gee: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started this!

Louisa May Alcott’s A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866)
Louisa May Alcott’s A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)
These have been on my shelf for ages: Jo’s pot-boilers!

Dorothy Sayers’ Five Red Herrings (1931)
Just picked up the next Wimsey last week: ready to go!

Muriel Spark’s The Bachelors (1960)
Muriel Spark’s Not to Disturb (1971)
Because nobody is better at disturbing, really.

Charles de Lint’s The Dreaming Place (1990)
Charles de Lint’s From a Whisper to a Scream (1992)
I’m new to these dark fantasy novels: look good!

Gregory Maguire’s Wicked (1995)
Because it’s about the nature of evil, or so says the summary…

Peter S. Beagle’s Tamsin (1999)
My friend, Carra, says this is the best book ever: I believe her.

Catherynne M. Valente’s In the Night Garden (2006)
Why haven’t I read one of her novels before?!

Kate Atkinson’s When Will There Be Good News? (2008)
I miss Jackson Brodie: it’s been too long. We should catch up.

Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book (2008)
Who can resist a read-a-long? I’ve got this one on audio.

Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger (2009) Re-read, read-a-long details here.

Chevy Stevens’ Still Missing (2010)
This sounds incredibly creepy: Misery-creepy.

Lauren B. Davis’ Our Daily Bread (2011)
Saw her at the IFOA last year and have been wanting to read this ever since. Billed as backwoods-gothic. Curious?

Joe Hill’s Locke & Key: Volume 5 (2012)
But then it’s all done, right? Sigh. Not fair.

Benjamin Wood’s The Bellwether Revivals (2012)
Wow: this sounds like the absolutely perfect novel for me. You too? Like its school setting wasn’t enough to pique my interest…

Will Ferguson’s 419 (2012)
And now it’s long-listed for the Giller Prize, too, as if I needed another reason to want to read it.

Stories to maybe-read:
Ladies of Fantasy: Two Centuries of Sinister Stories by the Gentle Sex
(Edited Seon Manley and Gogo Lewis)
Behind a Mask: The Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott
(Edited Madeleine Stern, four 19thC novellas)

Films:
13 Films in October, shared with Mister Buried In Print

Some books that I enjoyed in 2011, that would have made great RIP reads:

Mystery.
Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander series
Louise Penny’s Gamache series
Suspense. Louise Doughty’s Whatever You Love
Thriller. S.J. Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep
Horror.
Joey Comeau’s One Bloody Thing after Another and Tony Burgess’ Ravenna Gets
Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead series
Supernatural.
John Steffler’s The Afterlife of George Cartwright (Narrated by a ghost, but it’s largely a meditation on history and the gap between what we seek and what we achieve and what is left behind.)

Are you reading for this event too? What book(s) are you most excited about?
If you’ve read for this event in the past, what were some of your favourites?
Are there any on my list that you think I should nudge up (or down) the stack?

Actually Read:
1. Lauren B. Davis’ Our Daily Bread (2011) Backwoods Noir.
2. Hiromi Goto’s Darkest Light (2012) Dark Fantasy.
3. Ann-Marie MacDonald’s The Way the Crow Flies (2003) Mystery/Suspense.
4. Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book (2008) Supernatural.
5. Joe Hill’s Locke & Key: Volume 5 (2012) Horror.
6. Muriel Spark’s The Bachelors (1960) Supernatural/quirkily mysterious.
7. Will Ferguson’s 419 (2012) Thriller.

In Progress:
Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White (1859) Gothic.

Actually Viewed: 
1. Pontypool (2008)
2. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
3. American Horror Story, Season One (OMG, sooo creepy)
4. Dexter, Season Four (Why’d I stop watching?!)

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15 comments to R.I.P. VI 2012

  • Great to have you in and so excited. Wow, what a list!!! I’ve only read one Dorothy Sayers, The Nine Tailors, but loved it. Actually it was a full cast audio presentation but still, it was very, very good.

    Up until starting The Little Stranger yesterday my last 6 reads have been the first 6 books of the Gamache series and I started the 7th, A Trick of the Light, and read a bit of it before deciding I better get into the Waters or I wouldn’t keep up for the group read! I’m so loving Penny’s stories. Sad to think I only have two more to go, but I just can’t stop and make them last!

    Look forward to seeing what you and the Mister watch for your 13 films!

    • That’s a delicious and terrible feeling: rushing through an author’s works in a fit of pleasure but knowing that there’s a limit to it. Still, I’ve heard that the most recent is fantastic, so you’ll have a good taste left in your reader’s mouth afterwards.

      We missed our 13 Horror Films in October last year, but here’s 2010’s list: Le Manoir Du Diable (1896), Another Man’s Poison (1951), House of Wax (1953), The Crazies (1973), Poltergeist (1982), Dracula (1992), Dawn of the Dead (2004), Shaun of the Dead (2004), The Crazies (2007), Martyrs (2008), Repo: The Genetic Opera (2008), Drag Me to Hell (2009), Shutter Island (2010). This year’s list will probably be similar in terms of a mix of styles and a combination of fresh views and re-views.

  • So glad to see that you’re reading along too! love your list — I’d forgotten about The Bellwether Revivals — I had noted it for this challenge! I hope you will read Tamsin, I agree with your friend’s statement about its goodness :)

    The book I’m most excited to read right now is a YA novel, surprisingly — I noted it in my own list, as another Victorian-ish tale of creepy puppets. I seem to be fixated on creepy puppets lately…even that phrase itself ;)

    • So two votes for Tamsin. Admittedly I resisted reading his The Last Unicorn for years and then absolutely loved it, so I really should move this one to the top of the stack. But, then, it’s finally my turn for a copy of The Bellwether Revivals and it comes from the library, so there’s a duedate attached, of course, which is what keeps happening to my poor old neglected books here at home.

      I’d never actually thought about either the phrase or existence of “creepy puppets”. Thanks. Thanks a lot. I feel the need to create a GoodReads shelf now.

  • Yes–The Woman in White is one of my all time favorites. I was thinking I might read a Wilkie Collins, but now I am leaning towards maybe a Mary Elizabeth Braddon–my list of possibilities is long and seems to be growing! I’m going to listen to the Gaiman on audio–maybe will start on my walk to work tomorrow (and it’s now dark in the mornings–eek). I would love to reread Sarah Waters (I have only one unread book by her left–have been putting off reading it…), but I am reading Peter Straub and a Canadian author, Simone St James instead–am going for ghost stories this year. I need to read Louise Penny–I’ve been spending too much time sifting through my book bins and shelves pulling out books I think I want to read…the piles are starting to stack up once again–just when I had my bedroom sort of organized and cleared out….

    • So I just need to press on with it then, right? I know it’s just a question of adjusting to the style, but the contemporary stuff is so seductive that I get out of practice and, well, lazy, I guess. Braddon is great fun too: I have a couple of hers here that have been nagging me almost as long as the Collins novels. (The only one I’ve read is Lady Audley’s Secret.) And, oh boy, do I know that feeling: when you realize you’ve spent a couple of hours just *look*ing at books, when you could have actually been reading one of them. Sigh. Which Waters do you have left?

  • What a great mix of films, some I’ve heard of and others I have not but will now have to look up. The old House of Wax is a fun one. I love any Vincent Price movie and do my best to work some in during this time of year. And Shutter Island is gorgeous in terms of visuals and a real good creepy film. I’m thinking a re-watch of Silent Hill may be in order for me as one of the many things I want to watch (sorry, that popped into my head when I was thinking of scary movies with great visuals). I’ll be redboxing The Woman in Black. Would like to see El Orfanto (The Orphanage) again as its been a few years. Arsenic and Old Lace is always viewed around Halloween. The various Tim Burton stop motion films, of course. We generally try to watch the old Bob Hope film Ghost Breakers every year. Not sure what else. I think I could watch a suitably R.I.P.ing film each night from just what I own and not get through everything before the end of Oct.

    • Sounds like we enjoy similar combinations of films in terms of styles and including some fresh and some favourites. I think you’ll enjoy the visuals in Woman in Black too (I had to look up the term ‘redboxing’ – something new for me!). Silent Hill was great for that too. We are due for re-views of The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, and the GingerSnaps series. (And because we missed last year, I bet there will be more re-viewing this year than usual, because we’re still feeling a little starved.) I love A&OL but haven’t seen it for the past couple of years, so now have a hankering for that one. We’ve seen The Orphanage recently, but you’ve reminded me of The Others, which I haven’t seen for ages (somehow I’ve linked them in my mind, perhaps only because of “The O–” thing). There are also sequels of films that we enjoyed [REC] and 30 Days of Night that we haven’t seen yet (realizing they probably won’t be as good, but oh well), and have been setting aside for this time of year. I haven’t heard of “Ghost Breakers” but it looks like fun so I will check the shop for that one; the classic picks tend to be more random choices based on what they have in stock when we’re browsing, but they are such fun. We used to have a shop nearby that had a great Asian Horror selection, but it closed about three years ago, so I need to do some research and find out what we’ve been missing on that count; some of those were truly frightening for me! Oh, boy…we weren’t planning to start into this until October, but are now planning to rent over the weekend!

  • I picked up Wicked from the library today (knowing full well that the twenty library books waiting for me + starting a new job that leaves me with little energy to read except on the weekends.. I am crazy :P). Wicked was also on my fairytale list (though I’m not sure if it counts as a fairytale?)

    Have you read the Graveyard Book before? I haven’t, but I’m looking forward to it.

    I keep telling myself to pick up a Wilkie Collins. Everyone else tells me to do so as well. I hope you enjoy the woman in white.

    Btw, maybe-reads is a great term too (in response to your “reading pool” comment).

    • The only Gaiman that I’ve read is Odd and the Frost Giants, rather a strange place to begin, I understand. So I’m looking forward to TGB as a fresh read, too. I remembered why I delayed on Wicked before; I’ve never actually read the “real” Wizard of Oz, only abridged versions. I wonder if *that* would count for an RIP read, maybe if one only talked about the witch?! But it doesn’t *seem* to fall under the “dark fantasy” umbrella, does it. *sigh* And maybe you are crazy, but at least you’re, we’re, not alone in this particular kind of crazy-ness. :D

  • Guilermo del Toro’s films are always great choices. I may have to re-watch the Hellboy movies too. I’ve re-read some of my Hellboy collections during several of the RIP challenges.

    I stopped by and picked up The Woman in Black to watch tonight. It is supposed to be rainy/storming and so it seemed like the ideal time to do it. :)

    The Others is great. The Others is THE quintessential R.I.P. film. It embodies everything that I like about “gothic” storytelling.

  • That can probably be arranged.

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