Peril! Danger! Darkness! Doom!
It is Fall again, and the gloom is contagious.
The wood stove is crackling, and it is still dark when I wake up. As the gloom of Fall creeps under our skin, chilling our bones, our reading tends to follow. (At least Erika and I’s reading does.) Lucky for everyone who feels the same, there’s a reading event to match the season’s mood: Readers Imbibing in Peril. Part the Tenth!
For the last nine years Carl V. Anderson of Stainless Steel Droppings has hosted this two-month-long event (yeah, we’re a month late to the horror party). But this year he’s handed the reigns to The Estella Society. Join in, read some horror, and get in the mood for this dark and dreary season with some (wonderfully) dark and (pleasantly) dreary books. There’s nothing cozier than having the dreariest thing in the room inside, not outside, of a book.
There aren’t many rules for this event, and there are six different levels of participation. So you can read as little as one short story or as much as your library card permits. You can even watch a scary movie and count it. There’s a little something for everyone.
For me, it’s PERIL THE THIRD *dramatic violin music swells*
I am not putting myself in a lot of peril. Peril the Third is a committment to read just one book. Maybe I’ll read more (I have a non-fiction book about the vampire myth I have been meaning to read for almost a decade), maybe I won’t. Once the horror mood takes me though, I’m like to end up on some kind of Shirley Jackson bender again. Maybe the month will be very perilous. Or maybe I will just read My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due, the only horror-ish book on my immediate to-read shelf right now.
Meanwhile, elsewhere on the internet…
Tanya of girlxoxo.com is doing an October-full of horror-ish book events as well. Her event is called #WickedGoodBooks, and she has a list of 14 prompts for readers getting their creep on this month. You’ll find it fits in smoothly with the spirit of RIP, so, you know, do ’em both, or just eat Halloween candy until you pass out, whatever.
Choose your poison.