Chilling First Lines: October Theme by Jen Cervantes

1. “There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife." The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

2. “Twelve year old Yorik Mortwell lay on the hard, cold ground, dead.” The Death of Yorik Mortwell  by Stephen Messer

3. “On the third night after the day her father died, Liesl saw the ghost.”  Liesel and Po by Lauren Oliver

4.  “The walls of the house absorbed the woman’s screams. ”  House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo

5. “Ms. McMartin was definitely dead.” The Books of Elsewhere by Jacqueline West
 6. “Strange things can happen at a crossroads.” The Boneshaker by Kate Milford

7. “Max would never forget that faraway summer when, almost by chance, he discovered red magic.” The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz
8. “It was a dark and stormy night.” A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle

9. “I found him in the garage on a Sunday afternoon.”  Skellig by David Almond

10. "A thin yellow light trickled through the window, lighting the room like a funeral parlor…” Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret by Obert Skye


  1. Ooo, these first lines are perfectly chilling, spooky, and intriguing!

    Happy Halloween!!!

  2. Loved #9. I'd forgotten that book so thx for the reminder on this chilly, spooky fun day!


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