Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP) BEGINS!

It’s time again, dear readers, for the Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP) challenge. We’re on our 17th magical and moody year, and we hope you’ll join us on Twitter, Instagram, Discord or anywhere else you find the #ripxvii hashtag.

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. XII without adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives.

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

Peril of the Fiction Read!

Read one (or more!) fiction books hat 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 of the Short Story!

Read a short story (or many short stories) that you consider RIP-worthy!

Peril of the Screen!

Watch something RIP’y!

Peril of the Listen!

A fan of audiobooks? Addicted to podcasts? Listen to something that reminds you of RIP.

Peril of the Real!

Interested in true crime? Shocking stories of real apparitions? As always, pick your RIP poison.

The R.I.P. XII 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 blog (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.


23 thoughts on “Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP) BEGINS!

  1. This is the first time in all my years of blogging that I have been quick enough to participate in this challenge. Have a decent number of books and movies/shows on my list. Can’t wait!


  2. Yay! Spooky season is here! I will be attempting all of the Perils, and for myself I am adding Peril of the Treat. I baked huckleberry sweet bread today!


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