Of course, no discussion of the infamous opening line of Paul Clifford would be complete without Snoopy's version:
It Was A Dark And Stormy Night
It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, a shot rang out!
A door slammed. The maid screamed.
Winner: Fantasy Fiction
"Toads of glory, slugs of joy," sang Groin the dwarf as he trotted jovially down the path before a great dragon ate him because the author knew that this story was a train wreck after he typed the first few words.
"It was a dark and stormy night; 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...