Is there a better opening line?
Once upon a time sets the stage for just about anything: a lonely house deep in the woods, a castle at the top of a steep and forbidding mountain; a lonely troll under a bridge, a mad scientist at work in his lab, an innocent wish gone wrong, the seal on an ancient tomb broken, a room at the top of the stairs, a lost soul wandering the streets of a city, and so much more.
Variations on the ‘Once Upon a Time’ theme display even more potential for monstrous mischief…
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore…
And Poe introduces ‘The Raven’ in all his glory.
Although the principle inspiration for my Poe novella, entitled POED, is his canon of murderous short stories, his poetry has some killer potential too. I particularly like the ‘quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.’
That’s a good way to start a monster story. Simply opening the pages of an old book and discovering some lost wisdom from a time long forgotten. I think I might try that one!
How’s this for a working title: ‘A Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore’?