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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.
G. K. Chesterton
February 14, 2017 at 11:13pm
Note: Not a complete sample of the anthology. * * * "The Flying Stars" (1911) by G. K. Chesterton "The most beautiful crime I ever committed," Flambeau would say in his highly moral old age, "was also, by a singular coinc... [Read more]
Guys Read: Terrifying Tales
February 14, 2017 at 11:04pm
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
February 14, 2017 at 11:03pm
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
February 18, 2017 at 2:13pm
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 kopjies -... [Read more]
The Second Western Megapack
February 9, 2017 at 1:31am
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
February 16, 2017 at 1:38am
"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
February 16, 2017 at 1:38am
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]
February 14, 2017 at 11:06pm
Openings of some novels. * * * Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted I hate airports. I've been in airports all over the world, but they're basically all the same. Places of painful partings and awkward greetings. The door opens and... [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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