Beware the Cat: 5 Cat Tales to Read This Halloween

Growing up, my favorite holiday was always Halloween. There is something about this season. My favorite would be snuggling on the couch with my cat and a good horror novel.

My favorite would be snuggling on the couch with my cat and a good horror novel.

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I can’t think of a better symbol for the halloween season than the Black Cat. As my religious views changed, I also viewed this season differently. During this holiday, I honor my ancestors and the pets that I had that passed on. Many were cats.

As an animal lover, I have always loved a good tale. One of my favorite tales is T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. During the Halloween season, I want something more terrifying. Here is my list of five chilling tales that involve cats.

1. Beware the Cat

Beware the Cat is a short novel written by the poet William Baldwin.Beware the Cat is a short novel written by the poet William Baldwin. It was the first horror text longer than a short story, and there are some academics that say that it was the first novel that was published in English.

There is an anti-catholic theme to the novel. However, the allusions may not even be noticed by modern readers.

2. Million of Cats

Million of cats is a picture book by Wanda Gag. The book won a Newbery Honor in 1929. it is only one of a few picture books to do so. At the time of this article, Million of Cats is the oldest American picture book in print.

3. Collected Stories

The present volume includes all the stories in chronological order. Roald Dahl: Collected Stories is a hardcover edition of short-stores by Roald Dahl, a British novelist. The present volume includes all the stories in chronological order.

Some of the books that Dahl is known for include: James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The Witches. Collected Stories features some of Dahl’s adult works.

4. The Black Cat

What’s a horror list without the man I consider the master of the horror genre? The Black Cat is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. It was published in 1843 in an edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The Black Cat is a study of guilt.

The short story is a first-person narrative using an unreliable narrator. It is often paired in an analysis with The Tell-Tale Heart.

5. Just After Sunset

Just After Sunset is the 5th collection of short stories by the horror-master Stephen King. It was released in 2008 and featured a holographic dust jacket.

The Cat From Hell, included in Just After Sunset, was first published in 1977 in Cavalier. It was only 500 words. The short story also appeared in Gent in 1977. It has appeared in several of King’s anthologies.

The above tales are my favorite stories to read on Halloween.

Do you have some different cat-inspired horror stories. If so, comment below.

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Lydia
Think a romantic from WV who meets her soul mate when she was 20, becomes a stay at home mother for ten years before taking the plunge into the world of self-publishing has stories to tell? You bet I do. Lydia is available for author interviews, as well as blog tours.

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