It’s time for another round of R.I.P.!!!!!! I’m so excited for lots of creepy reads and hot tea and I got my wellies ready for long rainy walks with audiobooks. In case you’re new, R.I.P. is Readers Imbibing Peril, now in its 13th year! Here are the ground rules:
The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:
The emphasis is never on the word challenge, instead it is about coming together as a community and embracing the autumnal mood, whether the weather is cooperative where you live or not.
The goals are simple.
1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.
As usual I will be doing Peril the First, which means “Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (our very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature.” I thought I’d try to put up several blog posts, because my tbr is – um – generous, and to give people ideas on how to read diversely during R.I.P. as well. So here are 5 books from the R.I.P. categories:
Dark Fantasy/ Horror / Supernatural
Black woman writer
When Jessica marries David, he is everything she wants in a family man: brilliant, attentive, ever youthful. Yet she still feels something about him is just out of reach. Soon, as people close to Jessica begin to meet violent, mysterious deaths, David makes an unimaginable confession: More than 400 years ago, he and other members of an Ethiopian sect traded their humanity so they would never die, a secret he must protect at any cost. Now, his immortal brethren have decided David must return and leave his family in Miami. Instead, David vows to invoke a forbidden ritual to keep Jessica and his daughter with him forever. (GR)
I adore Due’s work, they are fantastic and imaginative and creepy as hell. Her The Good House brought me sleepless nights, but it was just so good. And she writes fantasy/ horror, creepy but not usually gory, if that helps. I’ve read this one already, but loved it and I want to read the second book in this series, so time for a reread! Maybe it’ll be easier to sleep after 😀 Also, might just reread more of her works, you have to try Due’s books, people!
Black woman writer
Gethsemane Brown, African-American classical musician and expatriate to an Irish village, solved a string of murders, led a school orchestra to victory in a major competition, and got used to living with a snarky ghost. She can rest easy over the Christmas holiday. Right? Wrong. The ghost has disappeared, her landlord’s about to sell her cottage to a hotel developer, and her brother-in-law is coming for a visit—with one day’s notice. (GR)
I just read book one in this amazing cozy mystery and has the best time, so I immediately ordered this second book in the series! You get a Black sleuth who is clever and snarky and a maestra, a rainy irish setting, a haunted house (hopefully the ghost will reappear). Obligatory reading for mystery fans, a genre that is atrociously white, so read this one by a Black woman writer.
Dark Fantasy/ Horror / Supernatural / Thriller
Black women writers: US and British-Nigerian
Imagine horror where black characters aren’t all tropes and the first to die; imagine a world written by black sisters where black women and femmes are in the starring roles. From flesh-eating plants to flesh eating bees; zombies to vampires to vampire-eating vampire hunters; ghosts, revenants, witches and werewolves, this book has it all. Cursed drums, cursed dolls, cursed palms, ancient spirits and goddesses create a nuanced world of Afrocentric and multicultural horror. (GR)
Here’s a fantastic anthology by all Black women writers and it sounds super creepy! I’ve read stories by Crystal Connor and Nuzo Onoh and they were excellent and Sumiko Saulson has got you covered if you’re looking for more horror by Black women writers: check out the guide 60 Black Women in Horror Fiction!
Southern Gothic/ Horror
Black woman writer
Sinister shopkeepers whose goods hold the highest price, a woman’s search for her mother drags her into the binding embrace of a monster, a witchdoctor’s young niece tells him a life-altering secret, an investigator who knows how to keep a 100% confession rate….
These are stories where the setting itself becomes a character—fog laced cemeteries, sulfur rich salt marshes—places housing creatures that defy understanding and where the grotesque and macabre are celebrated.
—B.D. Bruns, author of The Gothic Shift
I love Southern gothic literature and Eden Royce’s works. I read the second Spook Lights collection last year, reviewed here, and absolutely loved it. Read her stories for quiet, atmospheric horror that creeps up on you. Definitely give it a try, if you’re looking for less gory stuff!
Black lesbian writer
In a community shattered by the abduction and murder of three little girls, an Indiana mother makes a grisly discovery about her seemingly upstanding son. Faced with the undeniable truth and overwhelmed with guilt, she must choose between protecting her beloved child or punishing the monster he may have become. Note: This short story contains graphic violence and is not suitable for young readers. (GR)
This is a short story, but it sounds extremely creepy (serial killer!), so maybe don’t read it right before bed 😀 I’m trying to remember to read short stories as well, like every year, so it seemed a great idea to add this to my R.I.P. tbr. Are you also reading short stories?
Black woman writer
She sweats every detail as a forensic firearms specialist—and as a forty-something single mother. She’s got more responsibilities than she can count, more baggage than she wants to claim, and way too many regrets. But Muriel Mabley will do whatever it takes to put Philadelphia’s most vicious killer in lockdown for good… (GR)
And a book that fits the thriller category! It sounds super exciting and is the first in a series. The main character Muriel is a Black woman who is a forensic firearms specialist, and she’s going through menopause, two things rarely found represented. And she’s also dealing with family stuff, her son growing up and leaving for college. It sounds like a great thriller for R.I.P.!
Hopefully, I’ll get to these and many more. I will do a few more themed R.I.P. posts, fingers crossed. This was a peak at my tbr, hope you find something you like and join us for R.I.P.! Here’s all the info you need and of course, you can still sign up! 🙂