Happy Mother’s Day, everyone. We’re taking a walk on the wild side with the cats of J.D. Revezzo. Proceeds from this collection of short stories will go to several cat sanctuaries. How cool is that? Then there’s a very tempting dessert to tempt us. Welcome, J.D!
Throughout history, the ability to shapeshift has been looked upon as a madness, or worse, a curse. Many stories exist in mythology of gods taking on other forms—for instance, Zeus was known to take any form he pleased, to lay with his chosen human lovers.
In the Orient, many gods and spirits took the shapes of animals, from cats, to foxes to the Tanuki with his big—ahem, well, you can look that one up for yourself. Tanuki
Probably the first shapeshifters of whom stories were told, the Egyptian gods took the forms of Hawks (Horus), Jackals (Set), cats (Bast) and lions (Sekhmet) and many other animals besides.
In other countries, a witch’s cat was thought to be a shapeshifting demon, helping a witch with her nefarious deeds. The cat has retained that reputation ever since. Wily and suspicious she watches the poor, unsuspecting rat with a careful eye, and hides herself well in the underbrush to pounce on her prey. Even the witch herself—according to the Malleus Maleficarum, the 16th century witchfinder’s go-to manual—had the ability to turn into a cat.
Is it any wonder people can be so suspicious of the winking feline’s inner deviltry?
The question of the cat’s penchant for change and mischief informs many of the tales inside Dark Things I: Cat Crimes. Herein there are murderous felines, mischief makers, and even some, like in my story “What Sekhmet Keeps” cursed cats looking for redemption.
How about a little peek into the dark?
Dark Things II: Cat Crimes
A collection of tales featuring feline mayhem, murder and dastardly deeds. Vampire cats. Scoundrel cats. Daring cats. Killer cats. Cats you don’t want in your worst nightmares and cats you might want on your side against evil. Authors include Mary V. Welk, Patty G. Henderson, Patricia Harrington, Jim Silvestri, Ken Goldman, Shanna Germain, Anna Sykora and dozens more. Intro by Robert W. Walker. All proceeds from sales go to several cat sanctuaries across the USA. Enjoy over twenty-one “cat tales” and support a cat charity!
“What Sekhmet Keeps”
by J.D. Revezzo
Betrayed by a false lover, cat shifter priestess Onfalia Mau lost her lioness soul and freedom to her lover’s treachery and Sekhmet’s wrath. Now, after three thousand years, Donquar has returned with one thing in mind: to steal the goddess’s scepter. Onfalia knows that to do so means to unleash Sekhmet’s unholy, bloody Slaughter on the world and she’ll stop at nothing to foil Donquar’s plans.
I hope you’ll check it out, and enjoy these fabulous stories!
All proceeds from the sale of our anthology will go to Cat House on The Kings, a no-kill cat sanctuary in California.
Their URL http://www.cathouseonthekings.com/
Buy links for the anthology:
In Kindle and paperback at Amazon
And in Epub at Lulu.
J.D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly.
You can learn more about her works at: Her site: http://harshadpassion.wordpress.com/
or if you wish, follow her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/JD-Revezzo/233193150037011
Or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/juliannewrites/
And now, at Mona’s request, how about something tasty? This is a favorite around our house, though I’m sure you probably would be wise not to let your cats get into it.
3 Oz Cream Cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup peanut butter
4 Oz Cool Whip
¼ cup Milk
Mix all ingredients together and pour into a graham cracker crust (Oh, yes. Go ahead and fill the crust up higher than I did here.)
Chill for three hours.
You can dust a little extra powdered sugar on top if you so choose. I hope you enjoy it!
Thank you for having me, Mona, and hosting this little peek into our book Dark Things II: Cat Crimes!
Great having you here, thanks to you and the other authors for helping our lovely felines.