It’s that time of year. Fall is around the corner and the season is just right for those spooky stories and movies. For the past couple years, I have participated in Readers Imbibing in Peril, which is a collective of readers reading creepy books and watching spooky movies from September 1st – October 31st, hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings (here is a link to the sign-up).
According to Carl V (Stainless Steel Droppings), this isn’t a challenge–it is to have fun reading and sharing that fun with others who enjoy similar books. Those types of books include, but aren’t limited to:
Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. Dark Fantasy. Gothic. Horror. Supernatural. Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.
And there are various levels of participation. I’ve decided to jump-start my reading lull by going with Peril the First, in which I try to read four books over the next two months.
I even have a few books in mind that I’d like to read:
- House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (I own this)
- Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (I own this)
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Island of Doctor Moreau by HG Wells
There are other “perils” to: read two books, one book, short stories, or watch films. There will also be two group reads which you can do as a “peril”: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (September) and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (October).
Here are my suggestions from past reading for books that are good for this reading event:
- Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (this is longer than most of the Sherlock Holmes stories)
- Dracula by Bram Stoker (obviously)
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (again, obviously)
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (Austen refers often to The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe in this novel and includes many gothic elements in her own style)
- the Parasol Protectorate quintet by Gail Carriger–there are only three so far (Soulless, Changeless, Blameless), but they’re not necessarily gothic, just vampire-y/werewolf-y (not like the Twilight books)
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
- Phantom of the Opera or The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux
- The Graveyard Book or Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (even Coraline and Stardust are a little creepy)
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Perfume by Patrick Suskind (maybe?)
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
- anything by Edgar Allen Poe
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- The Victorian Chaise Longue by Marghanita Laski