Getting in the mood for Halloween? It’s always fun to read scary stories by the masters of thrills and chills. Here are some spooky stories that feature kitties.
Check them out…if you dare!
The Cats of Ulthar by HP Lovecraft
We find out why in the town of Ulthar, “no man may kill a cat”. There used to be a time where an evil couple in a cottage killed every cat they saw. Then a group of strange dark Wanderers, who seemed magical with their unusual dress and telling of fortunes, came to town. Then, the Wanderer’s prized black kitten went missing. The Wanderers didn’t like that. One. Bit!
This was one of Lovecraft’s own favorite stories, because he was a huge cat-lover! I’m glad he had cats to keep him company, what with his terrifying imagination. I wonder if cats could have defeated Cthulu?
Something The Cat Dragged In by Patricia Highsmith
Portland Bill, a brindled cat with a black tail, interrupts a Scrabble game, with a present for his humans. At first, they think it’s another bird. Or is it a goose claw? Nope, it’s human fingers. Oh no!
Patricia Highsmith, author of The Talented Mr. Ripley and Strangers on a Train , was known to be a misanthrope, but boy, did she love cats. She’d write poems about her beloved cats and sketch them, too. Her cats were always there by her writing desk, helping her along.
The Price by Neil Gaiman
A family lives in the country, where they rescue stray cats that are constantly dumped on their land. They care for every cat they meet. One day, a huge black cat shows up on their porch. The black cat is grievously wounded every night. They don’t know who he’s fighting with, so the Father stays awake to find out…
Neil Gaiman, who also wrote Coraline and The Graveyard Book, makes this fantastical story so believable, I was left wondering if maybe it was autobiographical. And look, someone made a short film of it!
The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe
“My wife…regarded all black cats as witches in disguise,” says the disturbed narrator in this strange tale. The Black Cat is named Pluto, and is well-loved for many years. Then his owner gets really drunk. Then he kills the cat. Oh, but then the cat comes back…
“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.”–a quote attributed to Poe, though there’s some debate whether Poe ACTUALLY said this, maybe because of the bad grammar? But it sounds like something ole Ed would say. I, personally wish I could do ANYTHING as mysteriously(?) as a cat!
Catskin by Kelly Link
In this darkly imagined tale, a witch has given birth to dozens of cats, and made her children from scraps in her yard, or just stolen them. She now finds herself dying, poisoned by an enemy. The cats and children must learn to carry on without her, and avenge her murder!
This story is not for the faint at heart (or stomach!). The witch vomits up magic, and there is some catskin used as part of a spell. But a cat does the spell, so it’s okay? This story is in Magic for Beginners, a collection of Link’s weirdy tales, and it’s a super-fun read.
But if Catskin is too scary, look at a Cat of the Day Calendar. October kitties are so cute!
A lot of these stories feature Black Cats! Black Cats have a really hard time around Halloween.
Check out this link and keep your Black Cats safe this year: Black Cats: Halloween Hazards Motivating Mythis