The First and Final Words of December 2016
The Compleat Ankh-Morpork: City Guide, by Terry Pratchett.
First Word: We lay before you this most comprehensive gazeteer encompassing all the streets of Ankh-Morpork, as well as information on its principal businesses, hotels, taverns, inns, and places of entertainment and refreshment, enhanced by the all-new and compleat map of our great city state.
Final Word: Rest in peace, sir.
Interview With the Vampire, by Anne Rice.
First Word: “I see…” said the vampire thoughtfully, and slowly he walked across the room to the window.
Final Word: The things those eyes have seen…
Strange Attraction: Turns of the Midnight Carnival Wheel, edited by Edward E. Kramer.
First Word: Sculpture itself is a most unique medium.
Final Word: The carnival is a most unique unique sculpture, and it, in turn, sculpts us.
The Dark Man: An Illustrated Poem, by Stephen King.
First Word: I have stridden the fuming way of sun-hammered tracks and smashed cinders; I have ridden rails and burned sterno in the gantry silence of hob jungles:
I am a dark man.
Final Word: I have avoided you in the past, Mister King, as your words have always intimidated me, but perhaps I should give you a try.
Threshold, by Caitlin R. Kiernan.
First Word: The girl named Chance is standing in the rain, plain and skinny-tall girl shivering beneath the April night sky pissing rain like icywet needles, and she can’t stop giggling.
Final Word: The writer named Daniel is lying in bed, reading words about albino girls and fossils and death, and he can’t stop grinning.