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The Kali Krew Presents: Opening Lines

Those words. Those beautiful words. You open a book and there they are. Those magical opening lines that let you know that you’re in for a magical, fantastic, horrific time. Words that will instantly transport you to the world of the book.

Below are some of the Kali Krew’s favourite opening lines from some of their favourite books.

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“My earliest memory of her smells like blood.”

Beneath the Rising by Premee Mohamed

Chosen by Tracy

“Today he would become a god.”

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Chosen by Eliza

“Father told me I’m broken.”

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Chosen by Eliza

Check out Eliza’s review of The Bone Shard Daughter

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the mind’s inability to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”

Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft

Chosen by Gracie

Book cover for The Call of Cthulhu

“The sun hung low along the western horizon, painting the forest with fractured orange flames, and Imogen Tremly knew in her heart the minister would be dead before it rose again.”

Devil’s Creek by Todd Kiesling

Chosen by Tracy

Check out Tracy’s review of Devil’s Creek

“The summers here are made of long, untended grass and flat, lemon light.”

Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford

Chosen by Eliza

Check out Eliza’s review of Follow Me to Ground

“When your mama was the geek, my dreamlets,” Papa would say, “she made the mopping off of noggins such a crystal mystery that the hens themselves yearned toward her, waltzing around her, hypnotized with longing.”

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

Chosen by Tracy

“Louis ran through the dark because he did not want to die screaming while being torn apart and eaten alive.”

Grind Your Bones to Dust by Nicholas Day

Chosen by Tracy

Grind Your Bones to Dust

Check out Tracy’s review of Grind Your Bones to Dust

“That summer I hunted the serial killer at night from my daughter’s playroom.”

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Chosen by Tracy

“The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. About anything.”

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Chosen by Lilyn

Check out Lilyn’s review of The Knife of Never Letting Go

“Her mother had once told her that the only way to truly know someone was to fight them.”

Lore by Alexndra Bracken

Chosen by Eliza

Check out Eliza’s review of Lore

“Carolyn, blood-drenched and barefoot, walked alone down the two-lane stretch of blacktop that the Americans called Highway 78.”

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

Chosen by Bill

“I’m pretty much screwed.”

The Martian by Andy Weir

Chosen by Lilyn

Book cover for The Martian

Check out Lilyn’s review of The Martian

“The Red Death had long devastated the country.”

Masque of the Red Death Edgar Allan Poe

Chosen by Gracie

“Everyone has a Cordova story, whether they like it or not.”

Night Film by Marissa Pessl

Chosen by Sam

Check out Gracie’s review of Night Film

“He was born south of here, somewhere between common sense and common decency.”

South of Here by Edward Lorn

Chosen by Bill

Check out Bill’s review of South of Here

“The void churned and swelled, reaching up to pull them down into frigid darkness, clamoring to embrace them, every one.”

Stranded by Bracken McLeod

Chosen by Tracy

Check out Tracy’s review of Stranded

“Something is dead over there, hidden among the tall trees separating my property from Mr. Landon’s.”

To Be Devoured by Sarah Tantlinger

Chosen by Sam

Check out Sam and Gracie’s review of To Be Devoured

“If Dad hadn’t shot Walt Disney in the leg, it would have been our best vacation ever.”

Vacation 58 by John Hughes

“When Mom and me lived in Miami, the news was like a 24 hour Romero movie”

Welcome Home by Jessica Guess from the We Are Wolves Anthology

Chosen by Lilyn

We are Wolves is a charity anthology – all proceeds go towards helping the survivors of abuse and assault.

“The children were playing while Holston climbed to his death; he could hear them squealing as only happy children do.”

Wool by Hugh Howey

Chosen by Tracy

And now, a teaser from one of the stories from the upcoming anthology edited by Sci-Fi & Scary

Twisted Anatomy

“Mama always called me nosy, which is crazy because I only had one nose. She should have called me “eyes” since I had, at last count, a couple thousand of those.”

Witness Bearer by R.J. Joseph

Chosen by Lilyn

Intrigued? Watch the site for upcoming news on release dates and more!

What are your favourite opening lines? Let us know, down below!

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  1. My favorite is from Stephen Graham Jones’s “Night of the Mannequins”:

    “So Shanna got a new job at the movie theater, we thought we’d play a fun prank on her, and now most of us are dead, and I’m really starting to feel kind of guilty about it all.”

  2. Susi Q

    “It was Hell’s season, and the air smelled of burning children.” – Robert R McCammon, Gone South

    • I think that’s one of the best McCammon lines I’ve heard, now I’m interested in the book!

  3. That is intriguing, now I’m very curious!

  4. I love ‘Geek Love’ and that opening scene.

    I wrote an article one time that had an intriguing opening line: “Do you wish to remain a virgin, Mr. Temperance?”

    Happy Trails!

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