Thursday, September 8, 2022

Spooky Fall Challenges: RIP XVII, Frightfall, and Cryptkeeper 2022...

 I'm a little late getting this up but oh well, better late than never I say! Tis' that time of year again!!!! All things spooky and fall and Halloween. We are officially putting up our décor this Saturday even though it is still 100 degrees F outside😵

R.I.P. XVII is in it's 17th year! I can't believe it. Crazy. Just goes to show how long I've been hanging around the blogosphere...

Frightfall is hosted by Michelle of Castle Macabre and she has a ton of things going on over the next couple of months from Gothic readings and short story horror to a read-along of Victor LaValle's The Devil in Silver.

And this challenge is new to me this year Cryptkeeper 2022: Countdown to Halloween.


Too many but here's a pile I'm hoping to draw from this spooky season:

Darkly: Black History and America's Gothic Soul by Leila Taylor--This one has been on my list for far too long.

Nightmare Fuel: The Science of Horror Films by Nina Nesseth--She takes a lot of the psychological reasons why and how horror films get us scared. Looking forward to this!

The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror by David J. Skal--This is a classic.

The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece by Roseanne Montillo--This one sounds so fascinating.

All the Living and the Dead: From Embalmers to Executioners, an Exploration of the People Who Have Made Death Their Life's Work by Hayley Campbell--I love all things about the culture of death and dying. Yes please.

The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle--Looking forward to the read-along with Michelle. I loved "Changeling" and his short story that flips H.P. Lovecraft on its head! So good.

Fledgling by Octavia Butler--She writes amazing fiction. This one is a twist on vampires.

Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker--I've had this one on my list for awhile too and my son read it recently and really enjoyed it.

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix--He's great for humor and horror all in one.

Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir--Also have heard great things about this series.

Ghost Story by Peter Straub (may he rest in peace)--I'm hoping to actually get to this one, especially after his passing recently.

It Bleeds by Stephen King--I've heard there are some really great short stories in this collection.

Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw--Just picked this one up. Looks intriguing.

Gallant by V.E. Schwab--I love everything she writes. This one is a one-and-done haunted house story. Yes, please.

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Enjoyed her last horror mashup "Mexican Gothic."

The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman--The first in a series. AMC+ just made a TV series based on this called "Dark Winds" which I loved. Really want to see how the setting and characters differ, etc.


The Invitation-- Looks like a take on "Dracula." Looks fun

Nope--Jordan Peele's stuff is always interesting. Looking forward to finally seeing it soon.

Barbarian--Air Bnb from Hell? 

Hell House II--I watched the first one with my son so we're hoping to get the final two installments in this Halloween!

Hell House III

Murder by Death--Someone told me about this being a precursor to "Clue" so now I must see it.

Bodies Bodies Bodies--I've heard all the good things...

Nosferatu--The original German horror classic. I have yet to see it.

 and anything else I can watch on Shudder...

This is just a slice or maybe I won't even get to these and other delectable and terrifying morsels will capture my soul...


  1. The Invitation is one I might check out soon. Have a good spooky time ;-)

  2. Nice list. Yeah the Doctor Moreau novel is good. I need to read her Mexican Gothic. And I'll have to check out Butler's novel if it has to do with Vampires -- that sounds good. Also maybe I'll pick up a Shirley Jackson novel near Halloween. Fun. Happy reading & watching!

    1. You'll enjoy Mexican Gothic! can't wait to hear what you think. Shirley Jackson is always a great one to pick this time of year!

  3. I love the blog header photo. You have so many cool books for the challenge!!

    1. Blogger doesn't make it easy to figure out the pic header photos! It's too big but if I make it smaller it won't center the way I need it too. So this is the best after multiple tries! Exhausting. So thanks for saying so!

  4. So glad you're joining in on all the fun...and the read-along! Great lineup. Ghost Story is one of the best. I hope you get to it too. I saw The Invitation...reviewed it at Castle Macabre, and I saw Barbarian on Tuesday...SO good. I love the Hell House movies. I reviewed the first one for the director way back when he released the director's cut. Great franchise.

    1. Can't wait to see Barbarian! Looks so terrifying. The first Hell House is so creepy and just a classic. G and I will be watching the final installment this weekend.

  5. First of all, welcome to the Countdown. I hope to see you have more post through October. Secondly, I have been doing Michelle's challenges for several years now. Good to see another reason among the bunch here. Enjoy it all! ~Master Crypt Keeper, Michelle


Thanks for reading my posts and for letting me know what you think!

Due to heavy spamming, I am now moderating all comments. Thanks for your understanding.