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Carmilla

Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu was first published in 1872. Carmilla is a vampire story and predates Stoker’s Dracula by …Continue reading »

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The Castle of Otranto

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole was originally published in 1764 and is commonly considered to be the first …Continue reading »

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Helmet of Horror

The Helmet of Horror by Victor Pelevin isn’t especially horrific in the usual RIP kind of way as in giant …Continue reading »

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R.I.P. VII

It’s time for the annual Readers Imbibing Peril or RIP for short, Carl’s seasonal reading event encouraging all and sundry …Continue reading »

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This New & Poisonous Air

This New & Poisonous Air by Adam McOmber is my first completed RIP book. McOmber’s book consists of short stories …Continue reading »

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Affinity

My second RIP read of the season is done. Affinity by Sarah Waters got off to a slow start but …Continue reading »

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Dark Matter

Good golly Miss Molly! I just finished reading Michelle Paver’s Dark Matter and did it ever make my skin crawl …Continue reading »

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Turn of the Screw Stage Production

Friday Bookman and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary. After much back and forth over what we were going to do to mark the day, we decided to go see a play. Since our first date was on Halloween...

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The Great God Pan

October 31st, a perfect day to tell you about my final RIP read, The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen. I don’t remember how I found out about this book, I probably saw it on a list somewhere and, oh...

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Oh Sublime Nature

I went back to the Wikipedia article on gothic fiction today and Daniel Radcliffe is no longer Ann Radcliffe’s brother. It was fun while it lasted! I’m reading Mysteries of Udolpho on my kindle and am...

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The Other

For a person like me who has a tendency to get nightmares from supernatural and gory slasher type horror, psychological horror along the lines of Shirley Jackson is more than sufficiently creepy and...

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The Black Spider

What a good story The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf turned out to be. What’s not to like about a story with the Devil himself and spiders in it? It was even a little creepy at times. The story...

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The Mysteries of Udolpho

What a fun book Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe turned out to be! Sure it’s a long book, and sure there is lots of wandering and admiring the sublime scenery, but oh, when I got down to the end...

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Udolpho and the Sublime

A large portion of the beginning of The Mysteries of Udolpho is taken up with Emily and her father traveling through the Pyrenees of France. It seems on nearly every page there are comments on the...

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RIP Challenge 2014

Turning the calendar page to September can only mean one thing when it comes to reading: time for the RIP Challenge! It’s been nine years —nine! — that Carl has been hosting what has surely become a...

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Modern Ghost Stories

I was surprised to come to the end of the book I was reading on my Kindle today. It’s a Project Gutenberg file of She and I always forget that those often end somewhere around the 95% to 98% mark. So...

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She

What I learned from She by H(enry) Rider Haggard: There is nothing more horrible than a woman of great beauty unless it is a woman who is old and ugly. Actually there is, but I’ll get to that later. Ah...

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Famous Modern Ghost Stories

When I first began reading Famous Modern Ghost Stories I mentioned how much fun Dorothy Scarborough’s introduction was. Turns out, the stories themselves are fun too. There are fifteen stories in this...

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RIP Challenge Time!

It’s September and that means it is time for Readers Imbibing Peril! Bring on the chills, the comfort cocoa and pumpkin everything! You may recall that horror gives me nightmares — it didn’t when I was...

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The Talented Mr. Ripley

Perhaps it is a testament to how riveted I was to the story that I hardly made any notes or highlights in The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. The writing is stellar and well-paced and the...

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