New purchases for September;
* The Never List by Koethi Zan
* Horns by Joe Hill
* Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
* Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories
* Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
I am in the process of editing my ghost novel and was in need of some inspiration. That very first line is particularly important as it sets the scene and mood of the entire story.
Here are some of my favourites;
(Perhaps the most interesting start I have read in a while)
* The Séance by John Harwood – ‘If my sister Alma had lived, I should never have begun the séances.’
* The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – ‘No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.’
* The Turning by Francine Prose – ‘Dear Sophie, I’m afraid this is going to sound crazy.’
– The Man in the Picture: ‘The story was told to me by my old tutor, Theo Parmitter, as we sat beside the fire in his college rooms one bitterly cold January night.’
– Dolly: ‘An autumn night and the fens stretch for miles, open and still.’
– The Small Hand: ‘It was a little before nine o’clock, the sun was setting into a bank of smoky violet cloud and I had lost my way.’
– The Woman in Black: ‘It was nine thirty on Christmas Eve.’
* Charles Dickens
– A Christmas Carol: ‘Marley was dead, to begin with.’
– The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain: ‘Everybody said so.’
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Damyanti Biswas is an author, blogger, animal-lover, spiritualist. Her work is represented by Ed Wilson from the Johnson & Alcock agency. When not pottering about with her plants or her aquariums, you can find her nose deep in a book, or baking up a storm.
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