An Amateur Author's Odyssey to Recognition

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.


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