Readers Imbibing Peril XIV Begins…

“-there was something in her, something that was…pure horror. Everything you were supposed to watch out for. Heights, fire, shards of glass, snakes…”

— John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let The Right One In




Sweaters and seasonal socks and candles.

Welcome to the FOURTEENTH year of Readers Imbibing Peril, or RIP, as it is affectionately called. For these many years, we here at RIP headquarters have embraced the spookiness of the seasons’ change.

The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:

Dark Fantasy.
The emphasis is never on the word challenge, instead it is about coming together as a community and embracing the autumnal mood, whether the weather is cooperative where you live or not.

The goals are simple. 

1. Have fun reading.

2. Share that fun with others.

As we do each and every year, there are multiple levels of participation (Perils) that allow you to be a part of R.I.P. XIV 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.

Multiple perils await you. You can participate in just one, or participate in them all.

Peril the First:

Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (our very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be Stephen King or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Shirley Jackson or Tananarive Due…or anyone in between.

Peril the Second:

Read two books of any length that you believe fit within the challenge categories.

Peril the Third:

We all want you to participate. This Peril involves reading one book that fits within the R.I.P. definition.

Peril of the Short Story:

We are fans of short stories and our desire for them is perhaps no greater than in autumn. We see Jackson in our future for sure! You can read short stories any time during the challenge. We sometimes 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 our RIPXIV Book Review pages.

Peril on the Screen:

This is for those of us who 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 your favorite film. If you are so inclined, please post links to any R.I.P.-related viewing you do on our book review pages as well.

Peril of the Review:

Submit a short review of any book you read and you may see it here on the blog! Again, you may participate in one or all of the various Perils. Our one demand: enjoy yourself!
The R.I.P. XIV Challenge does not require you to read from a pre-selected list of books, but like many of you we love to get ideas from what others are thinking of reading. If you want to include a pool of potential reads when you sign up, either in the comments or on your own sign up post on your social media channel of choice (not required for participation), please do!
This challenge is always a joy because of one thing: you! You sharing your passion for books, reading, films, television, etc. helps bring us together and ensures that we all have a great time. Thank each and every one of you who choose to participate on any level. We are honored that you would choose to do so.

So sign up below and join us, won’t you? It’s going to be a screaming good time.

Starts September 1st. Use the #ripxiv hashtag on all the socials. 

44 thoughts on “Readers Imbibing Peril XIV Begins…

  1. Signed up! This will be my second year but my first on Instagram! I hope to see a lot of bookish activity with the hashtag! Follow me @weezielemoo and I will follow back! Always looking for more bookish friends!

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  2. Hi Please sign me up for Peril the second. My blog died last year but I am still on Instagram And Facebook. My Instagram is abookloverforever
    Thank you


  3. Hmmm….. Looks tempting…..

    I’ve got a “brick” of an anthology that would be perfect for this; and I recently watched a “made for TV movie” that would fit right in…..


  4. These aren’t cast in stone, sometimes I start a book that I end up not being able to finish, but for Peril the first the four I’m going with are:

    Revival by Stephen King
    Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons
    I Travel By Night by Robert McCammon
    Midnight Sun by Ramsey Campbell

    For Peril of the Short Story, the short story will be out of the book Doom City, by Charles L. Grant.

    And for Peril on the Screen, I’m watching the 1960 Mario Bava movie, Black Sunday. It scared me silly as a kid. I hope it still has the same affect.


  5. I just signed up over on the 2018 post. Oy vey. You’d think after almost 10 years of blogging I’d have a clue. Haha. I’m in again this year! I’m planning to read four creepy books. Currently reading The House of the Seven Gables. Thanks for hosting!


  6. Hi! Great challenge! I would like to sign up, too, going for Peril The First – have a question – do short stories or non-fiction featuring horror/serial killers count under this particular peril challenge – Peril The First? Thanks!


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