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September 2, 2008

I debated about this one for a couple days: I mean, I’m going to be so overwhelmed as it is! But there’s no way I can resist the third edition of Carl’s R.I.P. challenge: scary stories are just so delicious. :) And check out the buttons: they’re too incredible to resist. Plus, Carl’s made it easy to participate by offering an option to commit to only one book; I can do that.

Of course, the fun part is creating the pool!! In this case, I was limited by what my new (smaller) library system offered. But I still came up with quite a few. All of these books look great, so I’m hoping I can get to them all, but at least I won’t feel pressured. :)

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
I looooooved We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile.
20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
I also loooooooved Heart-Shaped Box, so I’m excited to read Hill’s short stories.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I have a feeling I’ll be treating myself to the hardcover edition of Gaiman’s newest book as soon as it comes out (the 30th), so I might as well toss it on the list!
Wake by Lisa McMann
This is a YA book (I’m loading up on YA possibilities, since I think they’ll be a nice break from grad school) about a girl who falls into other people’s dreams. It sounds really creepy.
Angelmonster by Veronica Bennett
Another YA one, this is a fictionalised version of Mary Shelley just as she was writing Frankenstein; I’m not sure if it’s super-scary, but I think it still counts under the horror side of things.
A Fine and Private Place by Peter Beagle
I looooved Tamsin, a Beagle ghost story I read earlier this year, so of course I have to include him. :)
Skin and Other Stories by Roald Dahl
YA and short stories: sounds like a match! I haven’t read Dahl in forever, but I used to love him when I was younger, so it’ll be fun to check out a book I never read.

And just in case you need a few suggestions for your own pool, may I recommend
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Tamsin by Peter Beagle
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Will Storr vs. the Supernatural by Will Storr and
The Ghost Writer by John Harwood? All are linked to my reviews. :)

23 Comments leave one →
  1. J.S. Peyton permalink
    September 2, 2008 9:40 am

    I’m glad to see you recommend “The Ghostwriter”! I’ve got that one in my pool, which I am now very much looking forward to reading. I was kind of take it, or leave when it came to “20th Century Ghosts” so I’m really interested to hear what you think of it.

  2. September 2, 2008 11:05 am

    I’m reading A Fine and Private Place as well! And We Have Always Lived in the Castle, thanks to you. And of course, The Graveyard Book :D

    I looove Roald Dahl’s short stories. I’ve read a few collections of his short stories for adults, and some of them were quite twisted! But in a fun way. I haven’t read any of his YA short stories, but I bet they’re great too. I look forward to your reviews!

    And great recommendations, btw.

  3. September 2, 2008 11:17 am

    Yeah!!! I’m so glad you gave in to your desires :) and decided to join in the fun!

  4. September 2, 2008 12:39 pm

    I enjoyed Haunting of Hill House and A Fine and Private Place was one of my all time favorites back in the day. I had a group of friends in high school who were devoted Peter Beagle fans.

    I’ve added you to the short story September blogroll. THanks for joining.

  5. September 2, 2008 1:14 pm

    I loved A Fine and Private Place when I read it ages ago. Plus I read the Will Storr book just a few weeks ago, inspired by your review and boy are you right, I couldn’t read it before bed!

  6. September 2, 2008 1:38 pm

    I’ve been trying to put this off, as well. But, I think I’ll take the plunge, too. Even if I fail, it’ll be fun trying.

  7. September 2, 2008 1:42 pm

    I’m reading Skin for this challenge as well, I only have a few left to go. Check out the stories ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ and ‘The Wish’ if you only get time to read a few.

  8. September 2, 2008 1:48 pm

    Hey Eva,

    It’s about time I stopped by here and caught up with you!

    Glad to see you’re joining in the RIP challenge. Great choices! I loved Heart Shaped Box too, and will also be reading 20th Century Ghosts for the challenge. Will be interested to compare notes!

    Cannot wait for The Graveyard Book…so exciting!

  9. September 2, 2008 1:53 pm

    Yay you are joining in! I can’t believe I forgot to add 20th Century Ghosts to my pool. I loved Heart-Shaped Box. Especially the first part of the book, wasn’t that just scary! Eek. So good.

  10. September 2, 2008 1:58 pm

    “…Hill House has one one of the best 1st paragraphs ever written. I can’t wait to hear what you think, Eva!

  11. September 2, 2008 1:58 pm

    “…Hill House” contains one one of the best 1st paragraphs ever written. I can’t wait to hear what you think, Eva!

  12. September 2, 2008 4:23 pm

    Nice choices. I’ve been wanting to read Neil Gaiman, and I love Roald Dahl, although I’ve never heard of Skin and Other Stories. I look forward to reading your reviews.

  13. September 2, 2008 6:57 pm

    I really enjoyed 20th Century Ghosts and Will Storr vs. the Supernatural. Have fun reading!

  14. September 2, 2008 8:31 pm

    The Beagle book is so very very good.

  15. September 2, 2008 9:48 pm

    You are so brave! I wanted to do this one so bad, but there is no way I could possible find enough time to read for fun! Lame.

  16. September 3, 2008 9:29 am

    The Haunting of Hill House is one of my all-time favorite books! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do whenever I read it. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is on my RIP III list!

  17. September 3, 2008 10:30 am

    Ooh, can’t wait to hear your thoughts on 20th Century Ghosts! We both have The Graveyard Book on our pool, plus I’ll be reading Something Wicked This Way Comes as well.

    I *HEART* Heart-Shaped Box!

    Good luck on getting the books in the library!

  18. September 3, 2008 5:38 pm

    Love your list! I hope you enjoy Hill House! I thought it delightfully creepy.

  19. September 4, 2008 1:50 am

    Cool looking list. I hope to get around to Heart Shaped Box and maybe Tamsin as well this time around. I love Carl’s challenges!

  20. September 4, 2008 8:39 pm

    I so hope you like The Haunting of Hill House, one of my all-time favourite spooky ghost stories – I can’t read this book when I’m alone!!! I also really like We Have Always Lived in the Castle, though it is differently scary.
    I can hardly wait for The Graveyard Book, and oh, look, Wake – uh oh, another book added to my TBR pile! That makes 9 books I’ve found I want to read today! on different blogs!!! This is a fun challenge, isn’t it?

  21. September 5, 2008 4:41 pm

    J.S., I loved it! Hmmm..I’m curious about 20th Cent Ghosts now. :)

    Nymeth, awesome!!! You’ve made me even more excited. :D

    Debi, hehe-you’re a challenge pusher. ;)

    CB, I’d never heard of Beagle until recently, but I’m ready to read some of his books and join the fan ranks.

    Melanie, wasn’t the Storr creepy?! hehe

    Lisa, that’s the spirit!

    Katrina, awesome: thanks for the recs.

    Quixotic, I can’t wait for the Gaiman either. :D

    Iliana, the whole book was super-scary to me! hehe

    Chartroose, awesome!! I agree: the opening paragraph is perfect.

    Charley, now I just have to find time to read them, lol.

    Bookfool, great!

    Claire, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. :D

    Jessica, lol: I shall make the time. Since they’re scary, I might just end up getting less sleep than usual. ;)

    Ex Libris, I loved We Have Always Lived in the Castle!

    Lightheaded, sounds like you have a good list too!

    Stefanie, I’m in the middle of it and definitely enjoying it!

    Rhinoa, I love his challenges too. :)

    Susan, awesome!!

  22. September 11, 2008 10:44 pm

    “Pop Art” in 20th Century Ghosts is one of my favorite short stories of all time. Can’t wait to read your thoughts on it. Good luck with the challenge!

  23. September 19, 2008 9:35 am

    Blu, thanks for stopping by! I’ll be on the lookout for that story. :)

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