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Thanks again to Carl for hosting this creepy challenge. My plans weren’t that far off; I didn’t read the annotated version of Dracula (the smaller pocket-friendly version was more comfortable) and I only read two Daphne duMaurier books, but the only one I missed was LeFanu’s short fiction. Next year!

Peril the First (Books)
Daphne du Maurier’s The Birds (1952)
Daphne du Maurier’s Flight of the Falcon (1965)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897)
Sherman Alexie’s Indian Killer (1996)
Giles Blunt’s Blackfly Season (2005)
Giles Blunt’s By the Time You Read This (2006)
Giles Blunt’s Crime Machine (2010)
Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead (2005-2010)

Virginia Hamilton’s The House of Dies Drear (1968)
Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Running out of Time (1995)

Short Story Peril
Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Pit and the Pendulum” (1842)
Edgar Allan Poe’s “Fall of the House of Usher” (1839)
M.R. James’ short story “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” (1904)
Edith Wharton’s Miss Mary Pask (1925)

Peril on the Screen (13, and one super-short one)
.Le Manoir Du Diable (1896) (Apparitions, Trickery) (This is 3 minutes long: you can watch it online!)
.Another Man’s Poison (1951) (Murder, Sinister close-ups, Dark country roads)
.House of Wax (1953) (Mortality, Disappearance, Mystery, Masks)
.The Crazies (1973) (Slow-moving zombies, Disease caused by science-gone-wrong and government-gone-bad)
.Poltergeist (1982) (Hauntings, Suburbia gone wrong, Dangers of television)
.Dracula (1992) (Blood, Erotic, Castle, Transformation)
.Dawn of the Dead (2004) (Fast-moving zombies, Seriously scary, Consumerism-gone-wrong)
.Shaun of the Dead (2004) (Fun-moving zombies, Seriously hilarious, Pub-crawls-gone-wrong)
.The Crazies (2007) (Survival, Disease caused by powerful body that remains appropriately vague to avoid lawsuits)
.Trick r Treat (2007) Four interconnected stories of Hallowe’en festivities, some deliciously unpredictable)
.Martyrs (2008) (Obsession, Blood, Abuse, Torture, Devotion)
.Repo: The Genetic Opera (2008) (Bodily cavities, Bizarrely beautiful)
.Drag Me to Hell (2009) (Curses, Dark spirits)
.Shutter Island (2010) (Madness, Isolation, Haunting, Deception, Death)

Favourite reads: Sherman Alexie’s Indian Killer (Book), Edith Wharton’s Miss Mary Pask (Story)
Favourite Films: Martyrs (profoundly and fundamentally disturbing, nightmare-quality) and Trick r Treat (fun frights)