R.I.P. – R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XV | TBR 2020

Hi, folks!

As Summer drives to an end, it’s time to find consolation in one of my favourite Autumn reading events: R.I.P. Created in 2006 by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings,  R.I.P. – R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril is now happening on Twitter and on Instagram. The event takes place from September 1st, 2020 through October 31st, 2020, and it is now in its fifteenth year! I feel like such an old blogging soul…

As always, the idea of R.I.P. is to read books from one or more of the following categories, during the months of September and October:

Mystery // Suspense // Thriller // Gothic // Horror // Dark Fantasy // Supernatural

Here is the list of books I may choose from:
  • All Saints’ Eve, by Amelia B. Edwards (1876)
  • Behind a Mask, or A Woman’s Power by Louisa May Alcott (1866, published under the pseudonym of A. M. Barnard)
  • The Bell in the Fog & Other Stories, by Gertrude Atherton (1905)
  • The Bishop of Hell, by Marjorie Bowen (1949)
  • The Castle of Wolfenbach: A German Story, by Eliza Parsons (1793)
  • Clermont, by Regina Maria Roche (1798)
  • The Dark Island, by Vita Sackville-West (1934)
  • East Lynne, by Mrs. Henry Wood (1861)
  • Hauntings and Other Fantastic Tales, by Vernon Lee (1890)
  • The Juniper Tree, by Barbara Comyns (1985)
  • The Leavenworth Case, by Anna Katherine Green (1878)
  • Man and Maid, by E. Nesbit (1906)
  • A Modern Mephistopheles by Louisa May Alcott (1877, published anonymously)
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe (1794)
  • The Mysterious Warning, by Eliza Parsons (1796)
  • Of Cats and Elfins: Short Tales and Fantasies, by Sylvia Townsend Warner (2020)
  • The Old English Baron, by Clara Reeve (1777)
  • The Orphan of the Rhine, by Eleanor Sleath (1798)
  • A Phantom Lover by Vernon Lee (1886)
  • The Shadow on the Blind and Other Stories, by Louisa Baldwin (1895)
  • Uncanny Stories, by May Sinclair (1923)
  • The White Cottage Mystery, by Margery Allingham (1927)
  • Wall of Eyes, by Margaret Millar (1943)
  • Weird Stories, by Charlotte Riddell (1882)
  • Zofloya: Or the Moor, by Charlotte Dacre (1806)

RIP-inspired short-story collections:
  • Damas oscuras: Cuentos de fantasmas de escritoras victorianas eminentes (2017)
  • The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton (1937)
  • Insólitas: Narradoras de lo fantástico en Latinoamérica y España (2019)
  • The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy, edited by Johanna Sinisalo (2006)
  • The Virago Book of Witches, edited by Shahrukh Husain (1993)
  • The Virago Book of Victorian Ghost Stories, edited by Richard Dalby (1988)
  • The Penguin Book of Witches, edited by Katherine Howe (2014)
  • Weird Women: Classic Supernatural Fiction by Groundbreaking Female Writers: 1852-1923, by Leslie S Klinger (2020)
  • Women’s Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940, ed. Melissa Edmundson (2019)

Contemporary & nonfiction reads that may also take my fancy:
  • Bodies of Water, by V.H. Leslie (2016)
  • The Book Collector, by Alice Thompson (2015)
  • Fell, by Jenn Ashworth (2016)
  • From the Wreck, by Jane Rawson (2017)
  • The Ghost: A Cultural History, by Susan Owens (2017)
  • I, Coriander, by Sally Gardner (2005)
  • I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem, by Maryse Condé (1992, tr. Richard Philcox. Original: Moi, Tituba, Sorcière…Noire de Salem, 1986)
  • Kissing the Witch, by Emma Donoghue (1997)
  • The Salem Witch Trials Reader, by Frances Hill (2000)
  • The Silent Companions, by Laura Purcell (2017)
  • Death in Her Hands, by Ottessa Moshfegh (2020)
  • The Wilds, by Julia Elliott (2014)
  • White is for Witching, by Helen Oyeyemi (2009)
  • The Witches: Salem, 1692, by Stacy Schiff (2015)
  • Women’s Ghost Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain, by Melissa Edmundson Makala (2013)

Finally, here are some books I recommend:

That’s all for now, folks. What will you be reading? Tell me about it. 🧙🏻‍♀️

Yours truly,


Woman Reading by Candlelight Peter Ilsted (1908)

9 thoughts on “R.I.P. – R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XV | TBR 2020

  1. An amazing selection of books (many new-to-me titles)! This is my favourite time of the year – I always await it so impatiently. I did participate in this challenge last year, but this year I was not sure I would have enough books in mind – looking at your list, I think I will now. For ages now I want to read The Ghost: A Cultural History and Jackson’s The Bird’s Nest sounds intriguing. For this challenge, I think I will read some Daphne Du Maurier books I have not read yet, such as Don’t Look Now, and I think I may pick up The Silent Companions too.

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    1. Thank you, Diana! RIP is one of my favourite events, too. Everyone is telling me The Silent Companions is a great book, so I feel tempted to read it too. And you can never go wrong with Daphne Du Maurier ❤ I will be looking forward to your reviews! Happy RIP reading 🙂


  2. What an exciting list! I will be reading The Complete John Silence Stories by Algernon Blackwood and some graphic novels. Maybe some more short stories as well.


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