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by Seuzz
Rated: 13+ · Book · How-To/Advice · #2111364
Reprint and analysis of story and novel openings
This item focuses on story openings. It gives the first 200 words (approx.) of various short stories or novels. These are the passages that are designed to launch a story, and are meant to tempt you into reading more.

Sometimes they work beautifully. Sometimes they don't.

This collection reprints the openings of some of the stories and novels I've read, and includes some analysis and discussion of each as I judge whether the openings work, and how they go right -- or wrong.
Flirts! 5 Romantic Short Stories
July 12, 2017 at 4:44pm
"The Hot Girl's Friend" (2011) by Lisa Scott A night out with Miranda always ended in one of two ways: either she found this week's love of her life right off the bat and I caught an early cab home for a night of popcorn and bad ca... [Read more]
Dorothy L. Sayers
July 13, 2017 at 1:18am
"The Image in the Mirror" (1933) The little man with the cow-lick seemed so absorbed in the book that Wimsey had not the heart to claim his property, but, drawing up the other arm-chair and placing his drink within easy reach, did his best... [Read more]
Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled, Vol. 2
July 12, 2017 at 3:18pm
"The Tachibana Hustle" (2011) by Garnett Elliott Rain pelted the shops walled with corrugated aluminum, the worn signs, the flow of umbrella-wielding customers coursing down the clean, yet shabby streets of Uchiega district. Shinjuku skysc... [Read more]
Weird Tales: 101 Weird, Strange, and Supernatural Stories
July 9, 2017 at 8:11pm
"The Night Wire" (1926) by H. F. Arnold "New York, September 30 CP FLASH "Ambassador Hollwell died here today. The end came suddenly as the ambassador was alone in his study ...." There is something ungodly about these ni... [Read more]
H. Q. Masur
April 20, 2017 at 9:18pm
Note: Not a complete set of openings from the anthology. "Homicide Wholesale" (1941) Less than ten minutes after I had checked into the Hotel Rouen, a furtive knock sounded on my door. I opened it and there stood the night porter with... [Read more]
John Collier
July 12, 2017 at 3:39pm
From Fancies and Goodnights , a collection of short stories. "Bottle Party" (1939) Franklin Fletcher dreamed of luxury in the form of tiger-skins and beautiful women. He was prepared, at a pinch, to forgo the tiger-skins. Unfortunately... [Read more]
Some Notes on Openings
February 25, 2017 at 3:18pm
The following is a summary of points made by James Scott Bell in his essay "Relate to Readers with a Lead Character," in Creating Characters: Writers' Digest. Mostly, an opening should set a mood, get a character involved early, an... [Read more]
G. K. Chesterton
April 20, 2017 at 9:53pm
Note: Not a complete sample of the anthology. * * * "The Flying Stars" (1911) "The most beautiful crime I ever committed," Flambeau would say in his highly moral old age, "was also, by a singular coincidence, my last. It ... [Read more]
Guys Read: Terrifying Tales
April 7, 2017 at 12:34am
Note: Not a complete sample of the anthology. * * * "Coconut Heads" (2015) by Rita Williams-Garcia This is how I know something's different about my mother. My waste not, want not, save-don't-spend mother says to me, while we... [Read more]
The First Science Fiction Megapack
July 12, 2017 at 4:48pm
Note: Not a complete sample of the anthology. * * * "Expediter" (1963) by Mack Reynolds The knock at the door came in the middle of the night, as Josip Pekic had always thought it would. He had been but four years of age when the kno... [Read more]
The Pulp Fiction Megapack
April 7, 2017 at 12:57am
Note: Not a complete sample of the anthology. * * * "Servant of the Beast" (1930) by L. Patrick Greene The man lay full length on a ledge of rock overhanging the swift-flowing river. He seemed to be alone in a desolate waste of stony... [Read more]
The Second Western Megapack
June 21, 2017 at 11:28pm
Note: Not a complete sample of the anthology. * * * "Ready for a Coffin" (1952) by Gene Austin There was a heavy silence in the saloon as the big man got to his feet, holding his bloody mouth with one hand and beating the sawdust off... [Read more]
The Monster Megapack
July 13, 2017 at 1:25am
"After I Stopped Screaming" by Pamela Sargent The blonde in the big ape's hand. Long before you had Rita Hayworth on that bed in a negligee or Marilyn standing over that grate with her skirt billowing up, there were all those pictures ... [Read more]
Short Stories -- Random
July 12, 2017 at 9:30pm
The openings to some random short stories. * * * "A Dying Art" by Chris Holm The bell above the shop door jingled as Anton Russo shuffled across the threshold and stepped inside. It was tarnished and dulled with age, a relic from ano... [Read more]
Novels
July 8, 2017 at 6:32pm
Openings of some novels. * * * Agents of Change by Guy Harrison Awake at an obscene Saturday hour for a teenager, the girl looks into the distance as the rising sun behind her gives her otherwise golden hair a bright orange hue. Biking alo... [Read more]
Rex Stout
February 7, 2017 at 1:23am
Rex Stout seems to have been a master of story openings. Rarely does he get one wrong. * * * "Heels of Fate" by Rex Stout I first began to drop in at Dal Willett's livery stable for an hour's chat, on my way home from the off... [Read more]

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