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RIP Challenge, Monsters and Such.

RIP IVAfter much humming and hawing, I’ve decided to participate in the RIP IV challenge. On one hand, I’m not a fan of challenges as they make me feel very restricted in what I read – I feel guilty that I’m not reading what I should be reading to get the challenge finished, or nothing that I own for that challenge really appeals to me too much at the specific point in time. On the other hand, I do love this genre of books. And so, with all that in mind, I’ve decided to go with Peril the Second: “Read Two books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.” I think this will give me the option of not feeling too pressured in this challenge.

My pool of books currently consists of:

  • Society of S – Susan Hubbard
  • High Spirits – Robertson Davies
  • Classic Victorian & Edwardian Ghost Stories – Rex Collings
  • 18 Best Stories by Edgar Allan Poe – Edgar Allan Poe
  • Faust – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • Betrayed – P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

(Yeah, there are a few vampire books there, which I totally bought before I was sick of the whole vampire thing. But at least if I get them finished I won’t feel guilty that I still have them and haven’t read them, right? …Right?)

In other news, I’m actually about to set off to Toronto for the weekend for Fan Expo. QUITE excited about it – some of the panels look totally awesome. I’m looking forward to two in particular: Modern Literary Monsters (which is today) and Vampires in Fact and Fiction (which is on Sunday). Yeah, for someone who is sick of vampires, I really really want to see this one. Also: Bruce Campbell is going to be at FanExpo this year, which means I’ve been totally fangirling for the past month. Yes!

Anyway, need to head off now to finish packing and such.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 9:06 am August 28, 2009.
Category: Challenges

  • deslily

    i sent for a copy of Classic Victorian & Edwardian Ghost Stories it sounds good!

  • Carl V.

    I am so glad you decided to overcome challenge issues (and there certainly are some negative things about challenges, as you mention) to join us. Great to have you.

    I just reviewed The Strain, speaking of vampires. The link is over on the review site. You might be interested in it even if you are sick of vampires. :) I don’t particularly enjoy vampire books (other than Dracula) and this was a pretty fun read.

    Have an absolute blast at Fan Expo. It sounds like a great time. And Bruce Campbell! Too cool!!!

  • Memory

    I read HIGH SPIRITS last year; it’s good stuff. I do wish I could’ve heard Davies read the stories aloud, though, as he originally intended. I’m sure they would’ve been amazing that way.

  • GeraniumCat

    High Spirits should be really fun to read alongside Poe or the Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories. I’m going to be reading John Buchan’s Supernatural Tales – wonder if there is anything by him in your collection?

  • Hazra

    I’m wondering whether to join this challenge or not. On one hand, I want to read more scary stories, but on the other hand, that means adding to my huge TBR