Don't you just love this image? Carl holds us all captive each fall with fantastic images and the promise of nothing but fun. And perhaps a fright or two. Or just a little jumpy nerviness from real or perceived peril. All the details are here. I want to actually have the fun I intend to have so have decided to keep it simple.
For "Peril the Short Story," I will draw my inspiration from the event art work, and read through as much Poe as possible. On a whim, I picked up this inexpensive Poe collection this summer. I justified the acquisition by telling my children, who are often the audience for my bookish rationalizations, that my other editions are falling apart. And don't smell as good as this one does.
And then for a novel, I have been planning on a re-read of The Mysteries of Udolpho for some time. Once assigned reading for a graduate seminar, it went from the butt of my jokes to being a favorite for both it's gothic splendor and the fact that it inspired my favorite Austen, Northanger Abbey.
I might take part in the group read of The Graveyard Book which I have read several time with kids. Just not sure yet. What will you read? Anyone up for Udolpho with me?