The Graveyard Book: Neil Gaiman : Creepy Quote of the Day

Dagger with silver hilt

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There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.

The knife had a handle of polished black bone, and a blade finer and sharper than any razor. If it sliced you, you might not even now you had been cut, not immediately.

The knife had done almost everything it was brought to that house to do, and both the blade and the handle were wet …


The lovely Mandibelle 16 has nominated me for the Three Quotes, Three Days – thanks Amanda – which is a lovely thread where bloggers post edifying quotes to inspire and encourage others.

Sadly, I find I am not the inspiring and encouraging type. So I thought I’d spin the prompt into something more ‘me’ and (it being the season for the scary) post some favourite quotes from crackingly terrifying books instead.

Today’s quote opens with one of the most arresting first lines I’ve read, from the wonderful The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I won’t be officially nominating anyone else to take up the mantle, but if you fancy a go…

4 thoughts on “The Graveyard Book: Neil Gaiman : Creepy Quote of the Day

  1. Nice, Lynn: we must have three or four Gaiman books here ready to be read, but all of them unopened. Can’t wait. Happy ghoulish season to you! Everyone should go read your post on Waltbox if they haven’t already. Bill

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    1. Oh, I love Neil Gaiman – one of my favourite writers. When I grow up I want to be Neil Gaiman 🙂 Hope you enjoy the books.
      Thanks for the lovely comment on Waltbox about Lambeth Polly – you’re very kind. I find Mondays a slow day on here – everyone throwing themsleves into the working week, perhaps – so I might repost the story later in the week. Just in time for a weekend of Halloween-ness. Thanks again 🙂

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  2. Chilling quote choice. But chosen well, effective piece of writing! Love how you did his challenge. Thanks again for agreeing to participate 🙂

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