ThrillerFest XIII • July 10 – 14, 2018 • Grand Hyatt • New York City

Best First Sentence Contest


ThrillerFest XII (July 2017)

F. Paul Wilson
Winner: Dorothy McFalls
Alexandrina Boniface, the little girl with the midnight black hair, should have been exactly like the other giggly nine-year-old girls in Paris, but she wasn’t–not quite–and that seemed to trouble everyone who knew her.

Steven James
Winner: Kyle Steele
Tommy squatted by the cage, studied the woman, and wondered what he’d done to deserve such a fine gift from the preacher man.

Grant Blackwood
Winner: Ray Daniel
There is tremendous freedom in being a terrible person.

D.P. Lyle:
Winner: Susan Klaus
Jake, I ain’t diggin’ no hole when the gator will take care of him.

Steve Berry:
Winner: Guy Bolling
She was the kind of woman who never wore a bra and always carried a gun.

Gayle Lynds:
Winner: Emily Littlejohn
Josiah Grey drowned in the desert.

Lee Child:
Winner: Tim Lees
I used to be in the Beatles.

Meg Gardiner:
Winner: Paul Levine
Thirty seconds after the jury announced its verdict, I decided to kill my client.

Donald Maass:
Winner: Lea Storry
I’ve been told Earth once had four seasons.

Andy Gross:
Winner: Kolin Mofield
Not all drag queens are gay and rarely do you find one dead in a sushi bar.