Sometimes the first paragraph in a book is a short sentence, sometimes it's a longer paragraph. I've put together here all my first paragraphs.
enough rope and gags to take care of things, I didn’t expect to be picking up
any of them here. While there’s always the chance of finding a hitchhiker at a
place like this, it’s a small one and I was expecting that most of the
stragglers I’d be getting would be in cities off the Turnpike. Hartford,
Bridgeport, and if need be, New Haven. For this trip I hoped to get mostly
students. They were generally healthier and leaner than the usual types – the
prostitutes, drifters, homeless, and other such stragglers that I’d often have
to collect. Students also tended to carry more books, clothes, and money on
them than those others, all of which was good to bring back to the homestead.
If I ended up needing those others to fill up the back of the van, I would. But
I was hoping for mostly students.
CRUEL written as Jacob Stone
The rat grew frantic in its efforts to escape the trap, its front claws a
blur as they scratched against the wire mesh. This one was older than the
juveniles already collected, and showed the scars of a lifetime spent skulking
through Los Angeles alleyways and sewers. Half of one ear had been torn off,
its grayish-black fur matted, and a dozen wounds scabbed over. While the rat
was larger than the others, it was still emaciated enough to be able to squeeze
through a hole the size of a quarter. Rats like this one were crucial for what
EVERYTHING ENDS HERE
A wet, stickiness covers my right hand. I don’t want to look down at it, not
yet anyway, and I squeeze my eyes closed instead. As I stand there in the
shadows I try to remember how not too long ago I had a life. Fuck, I actually
had work, a wife, a home, friends, even a future. And now look at me. My mind
wanders as I find myself wondering how I arrived at this point. These thoughts
MALICIOUS written as Jacob Stone
The killer sat naked in front of the mirror and put in the cosmetic contact
lenses to change his eyes
Dan Willis watched through a pair of binoculars as his target left his house
through a side door to collect the morning newspaper. The target was one Brian
Schoefield. Age thirty-seven, average height, and carrying an extra sixty
pounds that made him appear soft with fat sausage-like arms and legs. He wore a
bathrobe and slippers, both worn and tattered, and Willis could make out that
Schoefield also wore a stained tee shirt under his robe. Probably boxers, too,
but that was only a guess on Willis’s part. Overall, Schoefield had a pasty
look about him.
CRAZED written as Jacob Stone
Griffin Bolling broke out laughing, partly from outrage, but mostly from the
lunacy of what he was reading.
THE BOY WHO KILLED DEMONS
My name’s Henry Dudlow. I’m fifteen and a half, and I’m cursed. Or damned.
Take your pick.
DERANGED written as Jacob Stone
As usual, Henry Pollard made sure that he was so gentle that he could’ve
been cleaning dust off a dragonfly’s wing as he sponged the soap suds from his
wife’s ruined body. He tried not to think about how much Sheila had physically
deteriorated, but at times he’d let his guard down and his thoughts would
absently drift to the subject, and it would stun him. The accident happened five
years ago, back when his wife was only thirty-three. A robust woman brimming
with strength and good health, and at five feet six inches and one hundred and
forty-five pounds, she certainly wasn’t overweight, more buxom and
full-figured. To Henry, she had been breathtakingly beautiful.
A KILLER'S ESSENCE
Back in 1972 I was seven years old and always tagging along after my older
brother, Mike. This was before the attention you have today on child abductions
and pedophiles—that evil existed, shit, it has probably always existed, but it
wasn’t on TV or the news much, if at all. You didn’t have CNN and the Internet
to focus on it twenty-four seven, and as a result a lot of parents didn’t think
about it. Back then it wasn’t all that unusual for a seven year-old and a bunch
of ten year-olds to spend their afternoons hanging around their Brooklyn
neighborhood unsupervised. And that was what Mike and his friends and I used to
do, at least when he and his friends couldn’t shake me, and I was a tough
little bugger to shake back then, just as I am now.
The Door’s Riders on the Storm was playing on the car radio and for
a few blessed seconds Jim
THE CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD
Jack Durkin let out a groan as his wife, Lydia, dropped a bowl of corn
flakes in front of him.
JULIUS KATZ AND ARCHIE
“What do I want from you? Simple. Find out who’s planning to kill me.”
The bar was mostly empty, which was typical for a Wednesday at two in the
afternoon. Dan Wilson had the bartender pour him a Guinness Draft and a Harpoon
IPA, and brought the beers back to a table in the corner where his companion,
Shrinivas Kumar, sat waiting.
“What if I gave them Salvatore Lombard?”
This was going to be our last game of checkers. Usually we played in my
cell; this last game, though, we were playing in Morris’ office. Over the last
seven years we had played tens of thousands of games. Every fourth or fifth
game I’d win, the rest I’d let him beat me.
The fingers on his right hand—the ones that had been broken and mangled when
he was thirteen—were being squeezed hard, forcing him to move through the cold
and darkness. He tried to fight it, tried to see who it was behind him, but the
grip on his fingers tightened, heightening the pain. He gave up and let himself
be pushed forward
Bill Shannon ran hard from his apartment to the juice and coffee shop on the
eastern end of Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall where he was going to meet Eli
Rosen. He did this partly to keep from being any later than the extra ten
minutes Eli had given him, and partly as a challenge to see whether he could
run a half mile in under three minutes. When he arrived at Juiced Up he leaned
forward, resting his hands on his knees while trying to get his breathing under
control. A quick look at his watch showed that he had made it in just over
three minutes. His eyes wandered down his wrist to the stubs where his ring and
middle fingers used to be. Five and a half years ago they were ripped from his
hand. This was the first time since then that he had gone out in public with
his damaged right hand exposed. He
If I was lucky Debra Singer was still in Denver, and if she was, East Colfax
would be a good bet. East Colfax was always a good bet for runaway teenagers.