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.
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.