R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril X!


Image used with permission, property of Abigail Larson.

Hello, I am Carl V. Anderson.  You may have noticed, this is indeed the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event, but this is not Stainless Steel Droppings. Ten years ago, when reading challenges were all the rage, I started my very first one.  I did not see a lot of events centered around the gothic and classic horror that I loved to imbibe in when Summer turns to Autumn, and so R.I.P. was born.  Though this kind of literature isn’t my first love, this event is the one I cherish the most of all that I have hosted on Stainless Steel Droppings.  It was my first, and I look most forward to it every year.

For the 10th Anniversary of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, I wanted to do something special, and the idea came to me to allow someone else to host the event.  Andi and Heather, of the Estella Society, are two wonderful bloggers who I’ve known for many years.  For the past two years they have hosted a Group Read in conjunction with the R.I.P. event, and they came instantly to mind.  I wasted no time in contacting them to see if they would be interested, and I am thrilled to say that they are taking on the challenge.

Fear not, I’m not planning on disappearing anywhere (although you wouldn’t know that by how infrequently I blog of late), I plan on joining in as a participant, knowing that Year Ten of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril is in capable hands.  Thank you both so much!  I know give you, Andi and Heather:

RIP is one of our favorite events, so when Carl asked us to host, we practically jumped out of our skins with excitement! 10 years is quite an accomplishment for any event, so we’re glad you’re here to celebrate with us!

Without further ado, pick your poison, won’t you? September 1st is here, and we’re ready to begin!

Dark Fantasy.

Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.

That is what embodies the stories, written and visual, that we celebrate with the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event.

As time has wound on, we’ve discovered that simple rules are best:

1. Have fun reading (and watching).
2. Share that fun with others.

As Carl does each and every year, there are multiple levels of participation (Perils) that allow you to be a part of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril 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 too many other commitments) but want to participate all the same.

R.I.P. X officially runs from September 1st through October 31st

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 (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be King or Conan Doyle, Penny or Poe, Chandler or Collins, Lovecraft or Leroux…or anyone in between.


Peril the Second: Read two books of any length that you believe fit within the R.I.P. categories.


Peril the Third: We all want you to participate. This Peril involves imbibing just one R.I.P.ping read.


Peril of the Short Story:We are big fans of short stories and the desire for them is perhaps no greater than in Autumn. You can read short stories any time during the challenge. We 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 (not a requirement) please link to those reviews on the Review Site. It is not just a site for book reviews.


Peril On the Screen: This is for those of us that 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 Midsomer Murders, or your favorite film. If you are so inclined, please post links to any R.I.P.-related viewing you do on to the Review Site as well.


Peril of the Group Read: This is something Carl allowed us to do in partnership with RIP beginning a few years ago. We’re back at it this year with Amanda from Fig and Thistle to read Lauren Owen’s The Quick. The group read officially begins on September 18 (during the Dog Days of Summer Readathon) and ends on October 18 (during the Dewey’s Readathon!). We’ll do a mid-point check-in on October 12. Feel free to use our questions or post on your own! We’ll provide the linky!


Traditionally we like to discuss what we may read for this event, in large part because we book lovers love to talk about what we are reading and what we want to read. And what is more fun than making lists of books? You do not have to do this to participate, all you need do is sign up below and join in the fun. However, if you do post about R.I.P. X and what you might be reading please link directly to that blog post below instead of to your main site.

Also, for anyone new to R.I.P. stumbling across this, you do not have to be a blogger to participate.

For those of you who do have a blog and want to review your readings and viewings for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril X, there is a Book Review Site located HERE.


Once again the wonderful and talented Abigail Larson.  Her work so perfectly embodies the spirit of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event.  It is gothic and macabre with an old-world aesthetic that is delightful without being disturbing…unless of course you happen to be gazing at it on a dark and stormy night…

Be sure to check out her website to enjoy more of her work and her online shop to bring her art into your very own home.  She has some pillows that are to die for (not literally…I don’t think).

Thank you so much, Abigail! I hope the Autumn season is filled with marvelously creepy delights.


Below are some banners of various sizes for your use.  If you use them in a post, please be sure to credit and link to Abigail Larson’s site.







Well, there you go folks. Now its up to you. Do you have the courage to share in a little fright with us? Or, if not fright, a whole lot of fun.

200 thoughts on “R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril X!

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  2. 10 years! Congrats, Carl, on such a loved and successful community event. It is definitely my favorite, and am excited to be participating again after a couple years of not being able to.

    Will get my post up tomorrow. Off to see what books I have on the shelves. :)

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  6. Yippee! This is one of my annual traditions. I was scanning my shelves yesterday trying to get a stack for September to pull from and kept being drawn to my mystery/crime books. A little later I saw Heather tweet that she had picked her RIP books, and it hit me that I was subconsciously doing the same thing! I’ve stacked up WAY more than I’ll ever get to including: The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale, Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell, The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collin, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, In the Woods by Tana French, The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett, and The Blood Promise by Mark Pryor. I’ll stop there – you can see that it’s an overly-ambitious stack! So glad that y’all are hosting. Happy reading everyone!

  7. Wow, ten years is an accomplishment. Congrats, Carl! Andi and Heather I know you will be great hosts. I look forward to this every year and buy books way in advance. I would be lost without it.

  8. I love this challenge and I am so glad it is here. I am looking forward to getting my reviews in for this and reading others. Thank you for being the hosts this year so that the event could continue.

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  14. Yay for R.I.P.! My post is going up tomorrow. A few of us (Trish and Care and I) will also be hosting a readalong of Salem’s Lot in October. It should be terrifying and good fun!

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  16. I’ve never heard of this event before, but it sounds like something I need to participate in. I’ll try getting a post put together tonight and will link back once that’s ready. Congratulations on having this going for ten years – that’s amazing!

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  19. I would so love to join in but I have so much going on right now it feels like a thing too many.

    Perhaps as the month settles down I might jump in late with a Peril the First or Short.

    The badges look great – seeing them pop up in my feed today is what made me seek you out….I do have another Angela Carter book on my TBR pile somewhere….& a Washington Irving….see how quickly I throw caution to the wind !?

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  22. I love this idea, I don’t have a book blog or anything but I will be posting updates through Twitter (@psanchez820).

    Right now I will start with a book I’ve been reading since mid-August, Dracula by Bram Stoker. 😀 About 100 pages away from finishing. I’ll post a TBR through there tonight :)

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  24. This is great! I registered, although this year I’ll start with just Peril the Second, and will try to get myself in the First, if time allows it. Thanks for hosting!!!

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  31. Looks like fun! Peril The First Peril for me! A wonderful way to insert my beloved mysteries that sometimes get pushed aside! And two of them are also Classics! YAY! I own a copy of all four so no shopping involved! Another YAY! :)

  32. My first RIP! I’m so excited. I’ve signed up without a premade RIP booklist, because I’m more of a mood reader and I know I would avoid a list like the plague. But hey, I won’t say no to recommendations!

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  36. I’m in! Thanks for hosting. I’ve started with a reread of the early Courtney Crumrin graphic novels, looking forward to some fresh reads in the series’ later volumes. Planning to post my outlandish reading plans before long but, meantime, enjoying hints of other readers’ spooky plans.

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  44. ten years! omg :)
    This year I’m keeping October for books by POC/translated in English so it’ll be interesting to see if I get a different RIP feel from them :)

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  60. I signed up last year, but did not keep good records. I hope I can be more on top of things this year. So far, so good though. I’m already reading one of my books and a total of 3 of the four are for book tours that happen during the challenge…

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  62. I am so looking forward to this event again! I love RIPs and had great fun with last year’s Readalong that the Estella Society hosted…hoping to re-create a similar thrilling experience again!

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  64. Thanks for hosting this year! I love reading seeing what other people are reading and checking out their reviews and adding to my massive TBR pile! I actually read mostly SF and Fantasy, and usually include some of these books in this challenge when they can also qualify for any of the RIP categories, and most of the fantasy I read usually does mix genres. But I have one pure RIP book I can’t wait to read and share about: The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper. Woohoo!

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  69. I will be taking part, and doing Peril the First, Second and Third. My husband and I also need to finish watching season ten of Supernatural, which fits into Peril on the Screen (I won’t be blogging that part, though).

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  75. I am in, or I hope I am! Blogging is seeming very complicated, all this technical stuff to learn. Now to attempt linking the site and placing a banner on my post. Wish me luck….

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  78. Hooray, it’s RIP time again! I’m doing Peril the First– I’m already into my third book, I’ve been reading like crazy. And I’m going to give the Peril of the Group Read a try this year, too. There will certainly be scary movie viewing, but it might not get blogged. I’m so looking forward to seeing what everyone else is reading—this is where I get all the best recommendations!

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  82. Totally late to the party here, but I just discovered RIP and I’m so excited to participate! I’m doing Peril the First — I think I’ve needed an excuse to read some of the mysteries that have been languishing on my to-read list for-ev-er!

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  99. I just heard about this autumn read along today on Andi’s youtube video. October is my favorite month and horror/paranormal are my favorite genre’s for both books and movies/t.v. shows. I can’t wait to participate. My TBR is ridiculous 😀

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  105. I have just signed up for the challenge, since I found out about it very recently. it’s great that so many blogs are participating!

    The books I have selected are in the supernatural, mystery, suspense, and thriller categories. I don’t like the horror genre, so I’m not including any such books.

    There are many interesting books being read by the various participants! I need to start going around to the various blogs, reading reviews!

    This is my first year, too, so it’s nice to meet you guys! Thanks to Andi and Heather for hosting this year, and to Carl for hosting in years past!

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  107. Hooray! What a great way to celebrate the spookiest months of the year. I’m a bit late to the party, but I plan to take on the following books for a heart-clenching Peril The First:

    Welcome to Night Vale (ARC) – spooky, creepy, surreal, weird, scary
    Journeyman (The Commons, Book 1) (Review Copy) – death and the afterlife, thriller, suspense
    Grimus (mine) & Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (ARC) by Salman Rushdie. – weird, surreal, creepy, immortality.

    Looking forward to seeing the other entries!

    I’ll tweet it as well: @KathLDK

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  110. I have forgotten about this event… And of all times just when I selected several books with ghosts to read in free time (completely by chance, I started another challenge and they just… fitted.)

    But I’m reading another fitting book (still) so I’d like to join for the 3rd (1 book) peril.

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  115. Just finished my second book for Peril the First! Read Hollow City, the second book of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

    Also, posted my review for Isle of Blood. The third book of the Monstrumologist series if people want to check it out!

    Loving this challenge a lot!

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  130. This was such a great challenge. I got all four books in before the month ended, unfortunately I wasn’t able to write a review for all of it! I’m happy I stumbled on to this! Here is my last update!

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