“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.”

Edgar Allen Poe

August 8th is International Cat Day! Go hug a cat! There’re about 500 million of them knocking around, so it shouldn’t be hard to find one.

With all their magical adorableness, their playfulness, unpredictability, curiosity and taste for adventure, it’s not surprising cats have served as muses for some of the most brilliant writers in the world.

Well-known authors such as Neil Gaiman, Edward Gorey, Stephen King, Mark Twain and of course T.S. Eliot – whose collection of whimsical poems, ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ inspired the hit musical, ‘Cats’ – found these creatures so utterly fascinating, they regularly included and include them within their infamous works.

So, in celebration of this momentous veneration of humanity’s oldest and best-loved pet, here’s a shamelessly self-indulgent promotion of a book I wrote which follows in the footsteps of many cat-worshipping writers gone before.

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A delightfully peculiar fantasy tale filled with mean cats, nice cats, scaredy cats and brave cats, ‘Ferocious Feral Felines’ is the first literary instalment in a series of the same name, and is available to buy in Salts Mill, Saltaire (also online through Amazon).

Stay tuned for a Christmas sequel!

“Books. Cats. Life is good.”

Edward Gorey