Writers Recalled : Best First Paragraphs

 

“It had been a long time since I’d had any trouble sleeping. Probably Vietnam, and that was gunfire that kept me awake. I’ve never been an insomniac. You might think killing people for a living would give you restless nights. Truth is, those that go into that business simply aren’t the kind who are bothered by it much.”

A MATTER OF PRINCIPAL by Max Allan Collins from THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF PULP FICTION

“A warm rain misted down on a small boy standing motionless in the tall, yellow grass. Although he enjoyed the sensation of rain on his skin, the boy’s expession remained solemn–too solemn for a child who had seen only five rains wash through the Tamburure. His height and breadth would have been envied by a boy of seven rains’ passing.”

IMARO (Vol 1 of an absolutely essential 2 volume set put out by Night Shade Books) by Charles Saunders

 

 

“I knew Nathan would believe me when I told him that there were ghosts down there. what I didn’t know is just how keen he’d be to meet them.”

THE EMPTY ROOM by Tim Lebbon from AS THE SUN GOES DOWN

 

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