Jim Butcher said his favourite of his novels so far is Dead Beat. One look at the opening line and I can see why:
On the whole we’re a murderous race.
What other great opening lines are out there? We thought it would be fun to have a look back at the first lines from some urban fantasy novels. These are the first words to pull us into some fantastic stories, the first words to lure us into some dark and twisted tales. Here they are, in no particular order…
I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.
~ Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris
Willie McCoy had been a jerk before he died. His being dead didn’t change that. He sat across from me, wearing a loud plaid sports jacket.
~ Guilty Pleasures – Laurell K. Hamilton
I stood in the shadows of a deserted shop front across from The Blood and Brew Pub, trying not to be obvious as I tugged my black leather pants back up where they belonged.
~ Dead Witch Walking – Kim Harrison
I didn’t realize he was a werewolf at first.
~ Moon Called – Patricia Briggs
I heard the mailman approach my office door, half an hour earlier than usual. He didn’t sound right.
~ Storm Front – Jim Butcher
He didn’t look dangerous, not at first glance.
~ The Scent of Shadows – Vicki Pettersson
Normally I wear a czarist army greatcoat– the kind that sometimes gets called a paletot– with pockets sewn in for my tin whistle, my notebook, a dagger, and a chalice. Today I’d gone for a green tuxedo with a fake wilting flower in the buttonhole, pink patent-leather shoes, and a painted-on mustache in the style of Groucho Marx.
~ The Devil You Know – Mike Carey
The night before he went to London, Richard Mayhew was not enjoying himself.
~ Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
Death came to the village, and the tall man followed.
~ BloodAngel – Justine Musk
“Wake up, sir. We’re here.”
~ “Sleep of the Just” from The Sandman #1 – Neil Gaiman
Hunting vampires was a bitch.
~ Minion – L.A. Banks
The moment the door opened I knew an ass-kicking was inevitable. Whether I’d be giving it or receiving it was still a bit of a mystery.
~ Stray – Rachel Vincent
I have to.
I’ve been fighting it all night. I’m going to lose. My battle is as futile as a woman feeling the first pangs of labor and deciding it’s an inconvenient time to give birth. Nature wins out. It always does.
~ Bitten – Kelley Armstrong
Well, thank God this is about to be over, I thought as I drove– well, blew– past the sign that marked Westchester, Connecticut, city limits.
~ Ill Wind – Rachel Caine
My working relationship with Lucifer began on a rainy Monday.
~ Working for the Devil – Lilith Saintcrow
There’s nothing worse than a red-eye flight.
~ Urban Shaman – C.E. Murphy
Saturday night is all about the Well of Souls– see and be seen is the rule– there is no excuse for an absence, least of all a bad hair day.
~ Happy Hour of the Damned – Mark Henry
I felt her fear before I heard her screams.
~ Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead
I stiffened at the flashing red and blue lights behind me, because there was no way I could explain what was in the back of my truck.
~ Halfway to the Grave – Jeaniene Frost
His name was Danaus.
And what I remember most were his eyes.
~ Nightwalker – Jocelynn Drake
When I was eight, my mother lost me to zombies in a one card draw.
~ The Iron Hunt – Marjorie M. Liu
“Got another letter from that Cyprien guy,” Grace Cho said as she placed the office mail on Dr Alexandra Keller’s desk.
~ If Angels Burn: a novel of the Darkyn – Lynn Viehl
I don’t like what Operation Iraqui Freedom has done to me. I went to war a soldier; I came back a vampire.
~ The Nymphos of Rocky Flats – Mario Acevedo