It is time for Carl's annual R.I.P. Challenge, and I'm going to be creating a list of possible books to read.
One of the scariest books I ever read was Peter Straub's Ghost Story. That was decades ago, and I'm considering a reread, but don't want to be disappointed.
In the first few R.I.P. challenges, I reread several books by Wilkie Collins and was delighted to find that I loved The Woman in White as much, if not more, than the first time. I enjoyed The Moonstone, but love The Woman in White.
One year for the challenge, I read Sax Rohmer's The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu--and a few others by Rohmer. These stories are a hoot!
For the 2007 challenge, I read Renfield: Slave of Dracula by Barbara Hambly. Wow--was it worth it! The original Dracula by Stoker and many pastiches have always called to me. Hambly's James Asher series is also very good if you like vampires.
In 2011, I made a list of some of the books I'd since 2006 for Carl's challenge, and I might want to reread one or two. I should make a list of the books I've read since 2011.
The first few years of the challenges, I tried to read or reread classics in the genre, as well as more contemporary works like The Thirteenth Tale. I really like a Gothic element to my R.I.P. reads. :)
My thanks to Carl for the encouragement to read the spooky, ghostly, eerie, and mysterious!
And once again, a wonderful image for the challenge. This one is by Abigail Larson.
And so it begins...