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.
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. 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
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
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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