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09-27-2004, 06:39 PM
For you lovers of good writing, these are the 10 winners of this year's Bulwer-Lytton contest --AKA Dark and Stormy Night Contest-- (run by the English Dept. of San Jose State University), wherein one writes only the first line of a bad novel.

10) "As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he were ever to break wind in the echo chamber, he would never hear the end of it."

9) "Just beyond the Narrows, the river widens."

8) "With a curvaceous figure that Venus would have envied, a tanned, unblemished oval face framed with lustrous thick brown hair, deep azure-blue eyes fringed with long black lashes, perfect teeth that vied for competition, and a small straight nose, Marilee had a beauty that defied description."

7) "Andre, a simple peasant, had only one thing on his mind as he crept along the East wall: 'Andre creep... Andre creep... Andre creep.'"

6) "Stanislaus Smedley, a man always on the cutting edge of narcissism, was about to give his body and soul to a back alley sex-change surgeon to become the woman he loved."

5) "Although Sarah had an abnormal fear of mice, it did not keep her from eeking out a living at a local pet store."

4) "Stanley looked quite bored and somewhat detached, but then penguins often do."

3) "Like an over-ripe beefsteak tomato rimmed with cottage cheese, the corpulent remains of Santa Claus lay dead on the hotel floor."

2) "Mike Hardware was the kind of private eye who didn't know the meaning of the word 'fear'; a man who could laugh in the face of danger and spit in the eye of death -- in short, a moron with suicidal tendencies."


1) "The sun oozed over the horizon, shoved aside darkness, crept along the greensward, and, with sickly fingers, pushed through the castle window, revealing the pillaged princess, hand at throat, crown asunder, gaping in frenzied horror at the sated, sodden amphibian lying beside her, disbelieving the magnitude of the frog's deception, screaming madly, 'You lied!"

captain's gig
09-27-2004, 06:50 PM
"Dive, DIVE" yelled the captain through the thing. So Dave pushed a button, or something, and it DOVE!

"yeah" yelled Dave.

"We showed 'em" , yelled the Captain.

09-27-2004, 06:51 PM

Don't you think they're in reverse order??? ;)

09-27-2004, 06:57 PM
I love it!! :D :D

Bruce Hooke
09-27-2004, 08:14 PM
Hmmm...IMOOP most of them are indeed pretty horrific (5, 6, 7, 8, and 9). Number 10 is just very juvinile and number 3 is pretty much in the same category. 2 has a certain unexpected quality that I could actually see going somewhere. I also rather like number 4, maybe just because it is so absurd.

HOWEVER, number 1 is in a category all it's own. I'm not sure if there is much that it could be followed with but as a one sentence story it's brilliant.

Jonathan Kabak
09-28-2004, 08:16 AM
The best Dark and Stormy is Gosling's Rum and Barrett's Ginger Beer, garnished with a slice of lime. It's the hands down winner in my book!