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September 4, 2011

R.I.P VI {II for me}

My blogging friends are all starting to talk about R.I.P {Readers Imbibing Peril} VI, the annual challenge hosted by Carl.  I learned about it, and joined in, for the first time last year, and discovered some wonderful, mostly classic stuff, including a couple of ghost stories by Edith Wharton and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  Although I read mysteries by the dozens, I only sometimes stick my toe into the dark waters of horror/gothic/supernatural fiction...but when I have, within certain confines, I've enjoyed it.

There will be mysteries {the ones I've been anticipating are starting to arrive!}, though there would have been anyway.  When I read P.D. James' Talking about Detective Fiction last year, I made a list of never-read authors to look for; one was Edmund Crispin, so I might search out The moving toyshop and The gilded fly.{Has anyone read him?} 

Nathaniel Hawthorne is my next author 'project,' and I've never read The House of the Seven Gables, so it's definitely on my list.  I might go there, too {I've never been}.  And I've found the titles of some more Edith Wharton and Henry James ghost stories. {And this! How cool.}  All things to look forward to, though I probably won't start this reading till October {or at least later this month}.  I don't have a fireplace to read them in front of, but there will be hot soup and sweaters and darkness-at-dinnertime.

In the meantime, I found this list of haunted libraries while I was poking around on the Web.  Also very cool.


Frances said...

That Hawthorne title is a favorite of mine, and I have not read in years. Let me know if you decide to read and maybe we could read together? Would love that!

Anonymous said...

I have never read any Hawthorne, would that count as not scary too? :) Thank you for the tip about the Edith Wharton stories, will look into them. I just remembered that I think Gaskell is supposed to have written ghost stories too? But perhaps I have imagines this.. Another thing to check..

Nan said...

This is my first year, and I look forward to it. I'm reading mostly mysteries which are a touch darker than I usually read.
Have you by any chance read American Bloomsbury by Susan Cheever? Lots of information about Hawthorne. He's one of those writers I want to like but just don't.

Nan said...

I meant to leave a link to a book report I wrote on it years ago to give you an idea what it's all about.

I've actually read it for a second time. I love that book.

Karen K. said...

Highly recommend any short story by Edith Wharton, but especially the ghost stories. My favorite is Kerfol.

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