Taking part this year in R.I.P. VII

 This fun event every year is hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings!

It runs through September and October.

The purpose of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII is to enjoy books and movies/television that could be classified (by you) as:
Dark Fantasy.
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.

Quoted from Stainless Steel Droppings:

There are two simple goals for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII
1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.

As I do each and every year, there are multiple levels of participation (Perils) that allow you to be a part of R.I.P. VII without adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives. There is even a one book only option for those who feel that this sort of reading is not their cup of tea (or who have many other commitments) but want to participate all the same.
R.I.P. VII officially runs from September 1st through October 31st. But lets go ahead and break the rules. Lets start today!!!

I've decided to participate in the following, mainly in the month of October rather than September due to prior commitments:

Peril the First:
Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be King or Conan Doyle, Penny or Poe, Chandler or Collins, Lovecraft or Leroux…or anyone in between.

** I have a backlog of horror to read. I'm doing an Edgar Allan Poe week for the month of October, 1-6. So during this week I'll be reading Complete Poems and Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

I think the other books I'll choose that are Horror-ish/Gothic in theme are as follows:

UPDATE:  Well, challenge now over and I don't think I did too badly in the novel department. There are a few books I didn't get to - but I did get to four of them, and also added some during the month including Lord of the Dead, which fits the Horror theme.

  • Salem's Lot by Stephen King - DONE
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker - Also fulfills the Classic Challenge - DONE
  • City of the Dead by Brian Keene - Also Fulfills the Zombie Challenge - DIDN'T DO
  • Deathbringer by Bryan Smith - Also fulfills the Zombie Challenge - DONE
  • Zombie House by Martin James - Also for the zombie challenge - DIDN'T DO
  • Halloweenland by Al Sarrantonio - DIDN'T DO
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - DIDN'T DO
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson - DONE
  • Lakewood Memorial by Robert R. Best - DONE

Peril of the Short Story:
I am a big fan of short stories and my desire for them is perhaps no greater than in Autumn. I see Poe and Lovecraft in my future for sure, and some Angela Carter. You can read short stories any time during the challenge. When I can, I like to read short stories over the weekend and post about them around that time. Feel free to do this however you want, but if you review short stories on your site, please link to those reviews on the Review Site.

UPDATE:  While I think I did okay with the novel segment, I basically sucked with the short story part. I don't know why I read short stories so slowly!
  • The short stories from the Edgar Allan Poe book for the Edgar Allan Poe week - DONE
  • Robert Bloch's Psychos - DIDN'T DO
  • I am Legend and other Short stories by Richard Matheson - DIDN'T DO
  • Seven Stories by Brian James Freeman - DIDN'T DO
  • Toybox by Al Sarrantonio - DIDN'T DO
  • Fear and Trembling by Robert Bloch - DONE
Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

Peril on the Screen:
This is for those of us that like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large. It might be a television show, like Dark Shadows or Midsomer Murders, or your favorite film. If you are so inclined, please post links to any R.I.P.-related viewing you do on to the Review Site as well.

UPDATE:  Meh, didn't do well in this area either. I blame it on me being addicted to getting caught up with Supernatural and TV shows!
  • Will  hunt down any Edgar Allan Poe movies for the theme - DONE
  • Re-Animator series, have been meaning to watch these forever, now here's a chance - DIDN'T DO
  • Mirrors - DIDN'T DO
  • Salem's Lot - DIDN'T DO
So far (links are reviews, and not all flicks will be reviewed):

The Raven 2012
The Raven 1935
The Raven 1963
Masque of the Red Death
Friday the 13th 6
Friday the 13th Remake