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It was a dark and stormy night..

I was taught at an early age never to start anything with “It was a dark and stormy night” (except during awesome Writer’s Craft class exercises).. but I love it.

If you choose to start your sentence that way, you have my utmost attention! Because what is better than reading on a dark and stormy night? Answer: nothing.

Who doesn’t love curling up with a huge blanket during an autumn storm — rain falling outside the window, the smell of damp leaves and the chill seeping in — and reading? September, October and November have enough of these nights to give me time to fit in some scary or darker reads. (I won’t lie, I save my really creepy books for this time because the atmosphere is too perfect to pass up!)

I wanted to share some of the books on the docket for this year, as well as some books I would recommend for your nights like these! To tack on a little more of the creep-factor, I’m also using these books as my participation in the RIP IX Readathon!

RIP stands for Readers Imbibing Peril, and is hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings. The readathon is very simple with no real demands other than that you read some darker books (be it fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, gothic, etc) in the months of September and October. You can choose which “peril” you want to stick with, and that commits you to a certain number or type of books. I am going with Peril the First! This requires me to read four books in those two months that are of a darker nature. I’m pumped!

On my list of potentials for this year:

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
The fact that I love those heart-pounding, unputdownable reads does not coincide well with my never having picked up Mr. King before. Salem’s Lot is both one of the most recommended of King’s titles and also one that sounds totally up my alley. Natalie from Browsing Bookshelves and I are planning to buddy read this in October! You are more than welcome to join :).

Revival by Stephen King
Revival releases in November, so it won’t count for RIP but it is still going on this list because .. well, it sounds amazing!

Coraline & The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I remember the day I bought Coraline. It was an unnaturally warm evening for the fall and it had just stopped pouring. I threw on my rain boots and walked to the bookstore near my house (which has since closed. So sad!) and picked up Coraline. I remember that walk as if it were yesterday: the smell in the air, the eerie light from the moon, the puddles I stepped fearlessly into (yay for rain boots!). It was just, perfect. Now I need to read it on a similar kind of night! And The Graveyard Book too, because.. just because!

Horns by Joe Hill
I bought this last fall after my coworker read it, adored it, and saw the film at TIFF the next week (which she also loved). Like so many of my book purchases, this ended up on the shelf, and I am determined to take it back off this fall!

Fatale Volume 1 & 2 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
This is a noir graphic novel by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. I bought these strictly based no the gorgeous artwork and the promise of a noir story, but ended up shelving them instead. I recently read and enjoyed Incognito by the same duo and am now ready to get back to these!

The Birds & Other Stories by Daphne Du Maurier
Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca stunned me last year, and I would love to dive into her gothic stories this fall!

Do you like reading scary, gothic, mysterious books this fall?

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4 thoughts on “It Was A Dark and Stormy Night..

  1. I always forget about Daphne du Maurier when I’m at the library! I really should remedy that one of these days. I can’t read super scary things but there are definitely some books that are best read in the middle of a wonderful autumn storm. I cannot wait for the weather to get dark and rainy! Hopefully by the end of this week the West Coast will transform back into the “wet coast”! You have some great sounding books lined up!

  2. I love how much you are blogging lately! Yay! :) I am feeling sadly book slumpy since finishing the awesome BAD FEMINIST and wish I could feel it in my to get excited about my next great read!!

  3. I read Horns last Halloween and it was definitely dark! The ending was absolutely brilliant though! I’m looking forward to seeing the moving adaption!

    And we will have to discuss our buddy read sometime soon! Maybe we should start October 1st? Or wait to start after Thanksgiving?

  4. I love the first sentence of “it was a dark and stormy night”!! There was a kids book by Janet Ahlberg that was named It Was A Dark And Stormy Night and I simply adored that book when I was a child!
    And I completely agree with you on how fantastic it is to be curled up with a book and a cup of tea on a dark story night. I read The Woman In Black in that way, it was the best.
    I need to read some more Stephen King! I read The Shining and The Stand last year and loved them, so maybe ‘ll have to read Salem’s Lot this winter! (:

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