Since October is tomorrow and we all know what the means…Halloween!!! I figured I’d start things off with what I feel is the best opening paragraph in horror fiction. Feel free to comment on whether you agree or disagree and send along your favorites. It’s Halloween time people, time to have a little fun.
βNo live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.β