This one might be slow going. When I saw the bingo square for "It was a dark and stormy night," I decided to do some research regarding that particular little intro. I found that it was first used in the book Paul Clifford, a novel published in 1830 by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton. According to wiki, it tells the life of Paul Clifford, a man who leads a dual life as both a criminal and an upscale gentleman. The book was successful upon its release. It is the source of the famous opening phrase "It was a dark and stormy night;..."
I am only a little ways in but it isn't catching my attention at all. I am determined to stick with it.
Amazon has the download for free here: Paul Clifford Ebook