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02 September 2009 @ 10:40 pm

When I first saw the announcements for Carl's R.I.P. IV I thought, "Nooooo! Go away, I don't want to know about it yet! It's still summer here!" but barely a week later the weather has definitely changed. We have had more rain, the temperature has dropped several degrees (in my house too, finally!), and I'm slowly getting in the mood for autumn, and this book challenge.

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I have had a look at my bookshelves and decided to do Peril the Second; reading two books of any length between 1 September and 31 October that fit into one or more of these categories: mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, horror, supernatural.

This is my provisional list:

Danielewski, Mark Z.: House of Leaves

Halbertsma, Joost Hiddes: Het heksershol ("the witches' den") - inherited from my mum; according to the introduction, this Frisian folktale is a mocking ghost story

Homes, A.M.: The End of Alice - from last year's list

Kafka, Franz: Het slot (The Castle)

Krabbé, Tim: De grot (The Cave) - from the same author as the chilling Het gouden ei, which was filmed as Spoorloos/The Vanishing (not to be confused with the awful American remake)

Laski, Marghanita: The Victorian Chaise-Longue - from last year's list

Verhoef, Esther: Erken mij ("acknowledge me") - a short thriller

and, depending on whether I can get my hands on them at the library (they are forever taken out):

Summerscale, Kate: The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

Waters, Sarah: The Little Stranger

But first I have to make a start with The Progress of Love by Alice Munro. Back in May I agreed with Anna from Anna's leesreis that this September we would finally read Munro. We both have had a copy of one of her short story collections languishing on our respective shelves for far too long.

Current Mood: mellowmellow
Current Music: The songs that we sing - Charlotte Gainsbourg
carl_v on September 2nd, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad the weather turned and put you in the mood! :) Yay! Thanks for signing up, it is great to have you!
Mnemosyne: thinking_lethe_ on September 5th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to it! Thank you for hosting! :)
castallia: castlecastallia on September 2nd, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Kafka's The Castle is one of my favorite books, so I'm glad to see it on your list!
Mnemosyne: thinking_lethe_ on September 5th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
That is good to hear! I've read The Trial a long time ago and thought it was great, but for some reason The Castle seems rather daunting.
bluestockingbb on September 4th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
These are all new to me! R.I.P. IV
Mnemosyne: thinking_lethe_ on September 5th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
Hi! I must say I have never heard of your two first choices either, although as far as The Historian is concerned I seem to have been living under a rock! :)

Happy reading!
heartofdavid: treesfoggyheartofdavid on September 8th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Not to ignore your post, which is a very fine post indeed, but I just wanted to say that I finally mailed your birthday package, lol.

Edit to add: I forgot to make a note in the package about a couple of the items included - brochures and gazette thingy from my town, thought you might get a kick out of looking at those. And the brochure has a map of the entire place...and as we all know, maps are always cool. ;)

Looking at the challenge, I'd like to find a couple of good horror or gothic reads, I'm in the mood for something like that. Suggestions?

Edited at 2009-09-12 03:43 pm (UTC)
Mnemosyne: thinking_lethe_ on September 12th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Ooh, lovely! Looking forward to it. :)
One of these days I'm going to get my act together and get your present ready and to the post office, I *swear*.

Hmmm, difficult question. As far as I remember I have only ever read two real horror books. One was the pulpy Burn, Witch, Burn! that I re-read last year (click on the tag 'book challenge' if you don't remember), and the memory was definitely better than the re-read. The other was more porn than pulp and was so bad that I threw it away. Can't even remember the title.
For some reason I equate horror books with 'pulp', I don't know if that is correct. Most horror films seem to be B-movies, although there are of course gems like Don't Look Now (if you can call that horror).

Gothic reads: I can only think of the classics, like Wilkie Collins, M.R. James, Sheridan Le Fanu, Mrs Radcliffe, Edith Wharton's ghost stories, with which you are probably already familiar, and apart from some Edgar Allan Poe stories I haven't read any of them, so I couldn't give you recommendations.

A more modern title that I think you might like (not sure why I think that, it's another one I haven't read) is the Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake.

This is one I have at one point recommended to you, I think in your journal ages ago: The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein. It takes place at a boarding school for girls and the 'I' is beginning to suspect that the strange new girl is a vampire. As she is an unreliable narrator the reader cannot be sure if she is actually right. I thought it was really good.

Not much help, I'm afraid! :(
heartofdavidheartofdavid on September 15th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
I forgot about The Moth Diaries, have it on my Amazon wish-list (ues it as my to-be- read/recommendation list.)

I recently went to the library and borrowed The House of Lost Souls by F.G. Cottam, was in the new releases section. I was attracted to the cover as well:



Seems to fit the bill by the description. I started it last night and read the first 40 pages. I would have read more but it was late, it was dark, and the story had already managed to give me the creepies. Of all things supernatural and paranormal, ghosts are what can truly scare me - the book was very successful at doing just that.

Edited at 2009-09-15 06:51 pm (UTC)