Wednesday, March 12, 2014

First lines: monster, ghost & zombie books

Those first lines are what hook a reader. So, for a change of pace, I'm sharing first lines of zombie and other horror novels or stories from different authors, including myself. Stay tuned for more to come.

First line: 

I was nine when I saw my first ghost.

Amelia Gray is a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect herself from the parasitic nature of the dead, she always held fast to the rules passed down from my father. But now a haunted police detective has entered her world and everything is changing, including the rules that have always kept her safe.

About The Restorer: 

Never acknowledge the dead.
Never stray far from hallowed ground.
Never get close to the haunted.
ever tempt fate.

  My name is Amelia Gray. I'm a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I've always held fast to these rules passed down from my father…until now.
Detective John Devlin needs my help to find a killer, but he is haunted by ghosts who shadow his every move. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I've vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the headstone symbols lead me closer to truth and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next. (from

  For Those Who Dream Monsters, a short story collection by Anna Taborska

First lines from Schrödinger’s Human – the first story in For Those Who Dream Monsters:

The cat had the uncanny ability of seeming to be in two places at once, and it appeared logical to the man that he should name it Schrödinger.

 For Those Who Dream Monsters contains 18 short stories.

 The first story, Schrödinger’s Human, charts the rise and fall of a psychopathic physics professor who falls under the spell of an extraordinary cat which he names Schrödinger. Under Schrödinger’s satanic influence, the professor soon graduates from being a peeping tom and an animal killer to becoming a cannibalistic murderer of young women.

 Girl Z: My Life As A Teenage Zombie by C.A. (Christine) Verstraete

First lines - Prologue:

A virus. A freaking virus.
I'd been sick before, you know, measles, mumps…kid stuff…but not really sick. 
Never like this.

First line - Chapter 1:
Funny how the most important or memorable moments of your life are bookmarked between the ordinary.
That's how it was the day my life changed—forever.

In GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, 16-year-old Rebecca Herrera Hayes finds her life changed when she's infected with the Z-virus through an accidental scratch.

 Now as a part-zombie, she must cope with weird bodily changes, a strange new diet (no, not that!), and prejudice as she struggles to fit in because of her new condition. 

She finds strength in fighting off the full zombies while protecting her family and friends, and hopes to find something to stop this deadly transformation . . . before it is forever too late.

1 comment:

  1. hey there! i’m jenn, one of tina’s minions for the a to z blog challenge. just wanted to drop by and introduce myself and say welcome to the challenge!


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