Mysterious Cat Stories

Mysterious Cat Stories

by John Richard Stephens
     
 

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This spectacular anthology, featuring stories from the 13th century to the present day, brings together twenty-six dazzling and diabolical portraits of cats and their many lives. Here are cats who can transform themselves into human beings (and visa versa) and into deadly demons. Here are wise cats, wily cats, and cats so cunningly wicked they'll send chills down your…  See more details below

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This spectacular anthology, featuring stories from the 13th century to the present day, brings together twenty-six dazzling and diabolical portraits of cats and their many lives. Here are cats who can transform themselves into human beings (and visa versa) and into deadly demons. Here are wise cats, wily cats, and cats so cunningly wicked they'll send chills down your spine.

The adventures her are not limited to the world as we know and perceive it. In fact and fiction, Mysterious Cat Stories offers inconvertible evidence of the special feline affinity to the supernatural. Elliot O'Donnell's eye-witness account takes you into haunted house where a cat proves to be a thoroughly reliable "barometer" of superphysical manifestations.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The supernatural is central to this collection of 26 cat tales, gathered from the 13th century to the present. Rarely warm or cuddly creatures, the cats met here speak to humankind's deep-seated fears and misgivings about the feline. Aiming to embrace the unusual, the editors have included H. P. Lovecraft's masterly ``The Cats of Ulthar'' and Robert Bloch's chilling ``Catnip,'' both tales of well-deserved justice administered by cats. ``The Great God Mau'' by Stella Whitelaw brings ancient Egypt to life in the adventures of a pharoah's cat. In August Derleth's ``Balu,'' an orphaned boy and his cat settle their score with Cousin Harold in a delightfully grotesque manner. M. J. Engh's ``The Tail'' is told by a cat whose tail takes on a life of its own. ``The Last Temptation of Tony the C.'' by Christopher Fahy, merging reality and hallucination, is one of the more effective stories in the volume, an honor matched by Nancy Etchemendy's ``Cat in Glass,'' in which a murderous cat statue sets off a blood-curdling chain of events. Although the stories are uneven in quality (the stiff Edwardian prose of Algernon Blackwood's 1911 ``The Empty Sleeve'' and its obvious ending suggest reasons for his neglect over the years), this is a thoughtfully chosen and engaging collection. (June)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA-A collection that offers something for almost every taste. Selections range from early English myths to modern mysteries and horror tales. Although cats are involved in all of the stories, they sometimes play a minor role. H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, Algeron Blackwood, and Lilian Jackson Braun are among the authors included. All-around good reading.
Barbara Duree
Perhaps the most noteworthy fact about this collection of 26 supernatural cat tales (mainly fiction) is that few of them--with the exception of Saki's classic "Tobermory"--will be familiar to most readers. Ranging from a thirteenth-century legend about King Arthur's conquest of a demon cat (as retold by Lady Wilde, mother of Oscar Wilde) to little-known stories by such writers as H. P. Lovecraft, August Derleth, and Bram Stoker to those by contemporary authors Christopher Fahy and Lilian Jackson Braun, the selections--all with feline persona--encompass transformation, witchcraft, ghosts, house haunting, Egyptology, and pure horror. The editors have provided an inviting introduction, brief background notes to each story, and an occasional warning to sensitive cat lovers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780883658727
Publisher:
Budget Books Service, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.19(d)

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