I’m stoked to announce that my horror novella “Snakes” launches tomorrow, June 1, from Damnation Books. The publisher is running a special. Order it quickly enough and you might even get your copy for free! The pricing starts at $0.00 and increases by 25 cents for each purchase until it reaches the full cover price. So now’s the time to get your e-book copy.
Gee, I’m so surprised. I’m still here. According to a well-fueled media wave, the Biblical Rapture was supposed to happen at 6:00 p.m. yesterday, May 21.
Jesus was supposed to come back and spirit away a few million of the most faithful and thus signal the beginning of Armageddon, which was to culminate in Doomsday on Oct. 21 this year.
Well, I’m still here, so I guess that means I’m not one of the “faithful.” That’s a big “duh,” I suppose. We’ll all have a lot more fun with those people gone. You suppose there’s going to be a wave of missing persons reports? Somehow, I think not.
I picked up (semi-) random assortment of novels from my TO BE READ pile today in a little exercise of curiosity.
A truism for writing fiction nowadays is that the writer must grab the reader’s attention from the beginning. If the reader (or acquisitions editor) isn’t hooked by the end of the first page, she’s likely to put the book down.
So what I’ve compiled a few first lines that handful of my novels to be read. These range from new authors to old hands and heavy-hitters. So tell me which of these you find the most compelling and why. A list of their books and authors is below. Can you match them up?
Answers will come in a later post. Feel free to leave your comments!
- “No! I don’t want the mangosteen.” Anderson Lake leans forward, pointing.
- The first thing I can remember in this life is my father driving his white ox, Endurance, to the sky burial platforms.
- Veldt to scrub fields to farms to these first tumbling houses that rise from the earth.
- Call me Dodd.
- I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked in the bar.
- The great revelations of my adult life began with the shouts of a lost soul in my neighborhood breakfast joint.
- Manfred’s on the road again, making strangers rich.
- Dammit, he was nearly out of gas.
- “Here they come!”
Novels and Authors
It Came from Del Rio – Steven Graham Jones
Perdido Street Station – China Mieville
Green – Jay Lake
Night of Demons – Tony Richards
A Dark Matter – Peter Straub
Dead in Dixie – Charlaine Harris
Fires of Freedom – Jerry Pournelle
The Windup Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi
Accelerando – Charles Stross
“It is missing the point to think that the martial art is solely in cutting a man down. It is not in cutting people down; it is in killing evil. It is the stratagem of killing the evil of one man and giving life to ten thousand.” – Yagyu Munenori, The Life Giving Sword
How do you define a decade? By committing an act of far-reaching, shocking, ruthless violence.
I hadn’t had such a strange mixture of surprise, relief and hope in a long time, but it was strangely mixed with things like skepticism, sadness, and trepidation.
I was trolling Facebook when I saw the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces (and what does that say about the state of culture, news, and the internet, not to mention my own habits that I saw it on Facebook, but that’s another essay or three).