It is time for this week’s First Lines Fridays post!
First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
The first lines of today’s chosen book are:
My face is only lit by the soft blue glow of the screen, continued through the constantly renewed promise that, after this story, I will sleep. But with each story, the dark encroaches closer and closer, until it feels the closeness of a screen is the only comfort.
And the book is…
Digital Monsters by Dr Vivian Asimos
Horror storytelling online has a rich history as detailed and long as the internet itself. Digital Monsters explores many of these narratives and reads them to see what these stories tell us about the internet, about digital communities, and about ourselves. This book seeks to explore the monsters of the virtual world. It will not only detail the narratives but also explore the connections between these monsters and the world outside. It demonstrates what these monsters have to say about the people who write them and draw them, and what they show us about the communal and social words surrounding them.
The digital monsters in this book enjoy living in the middle ground between typically considered strict dichotomies. These monsters, which both are and aren’t simultaneously, reveal other categories the communities hold dear. These categories, as well as the destruction of categories, are what will be explored through the detailed study of these digital monsters. Studying these narratives will provide us with an understanding of how these narratives relate to the broader horror genre, and what it has to say about the social and cultural contexts it finds itself in
I very recently received a review copy of Digital Monsters, thanks to Faye at Authoright, and I am so excited to read it, because it sounds so interesting! I haven’t had chance to take a picture of my copy of the book yet, but it’s beautiful. Isn’t the cover art amazing?!
Have you read this book?
If yes, what did you think of it?
Let me know in the comments!
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