There is something inherent about shorter days, the turning of leaves and a whiff of woodsmoke that endears my heart to a ghost story. Halloween may be two months away but such an atmospheric 'season' if you will, is simply too much fun to limit to one day of trick or treats.
Popping by A Work in Progress, I was excited to discover that the RIP V challenge is in full swing again this year until October 31. Not usually one for reading challenges I find this one and Persephone Week just too pleasurable to pass up.
Peril the Third is the level I've chosen which requires reading one novel but I do have a few unread short stories befitting this genre and a collection of spooky goings-on from sites around London.
The Woman in White - Just how many people have yet to read this book? Surely I am one of but a few. Since I've been immersed in the Victorian era as of late it's the perfect time to slot in this classic sensation novel mixing 'Gothic horror with psychological realism'. And who can resist more Wilkie Collins...not me.
Haunted London - This has been on my bookshelf since 2007, when R and I visited London and couldn't get enough of the spooky tales we heard on those fabulous London Walks. Filled with tales of ghosts and horror in locations from The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane to Newgate Prison this should be good for raising some gooseflesh.
Ghost Stories - This Everyman's Pocket Classic lists spooky (and odd) short stories from stellar authors such as Edith Wharton, PG Wodehouse, Henry James, Saki and Elizabeth Bowen. I have my eye on 'The Quincunx' by Walter de la Mare for this season.
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