"The rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness." Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford. 1830.
"In her attic bedroom Margaret Murry, wrapped in an old patchwork quilt, sat on the foot of her bed and watched the trees tossing in the frenzied lashing of the wind. Behind the trees clouds scudded frantically across the sky. Every few moments the moon ripped through them, creating wraithlike shadows that raced along the ground." Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time, 1962.
"Is that one way to catch your reader? Well, then, it was a stormy night with dark rain pouring in drenches on Venice, California, the sky shattered by lightning at midnight." Ray Bradbury, Let's All Kill Constance, 2002.
It's the most famous opening line of all time. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett have used it in the reverse in Good Omens.
"It wasn't a dark and stormy night. It should have been, but that's the weather for you."
THE SILVERGENES GROUP began as a group of sites focused on writing, photography, health, and family history. There were a few tools in the shed thanks to careers in broadcasting and publishing, and a few more earned the academic way, so getting the information out there was not difficult, While all this was fine, it wasn't particularly earth-shattering.
Then one dark and stormy night, everything changed. Someone called and asked, "Can you help me put a book together?"
Seconds passed. While rain sliced through the window sash and patio furniture blew across the lawn, the checklist was flying by in my brain. Editing, formatting, and graphic design were things I did every day for years, so why not bring them all together for a book?
"Yes. Absolutely, I can."
In that moment, it was clear. We can help make your stories come alive! That's what we're all about.
Alexandra Lucas, Principal & Founder
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
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