Juli 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. Her debut novel, The ARTIST’S INHERITANCE, will be released soon.
Dark Things II: Cat Crimes
Well, back in 2010 a compilation of short stories released, by Patty G. Henderson, the award winning creator of gothic romances and the Brenda Strange Supernatural Mysteries. The title was Dark Things, and she had the notion that the stories should involve cats, in some sort of dark and supernatural mischief. Being a cat lover, she decided to donate the proceeds from the sale of Dark Things to a cat–related charity in California, as well as to one here in Florida.
Cats are still on the most abandoned and abused list and so she thought to release a second volume. So, Dark Things II: Cat Crimes was born. She put out a call for dark and sinister short stories involving cats. Patty herself wrote a sinister and charming tale, “Room Service”, about a hotel maid and a vicious little kitty who has had just about enough of her owner’s coddling.
When Patty told me about the collection, I had the perfect idea, my own twist on the cats and criminals theme with an ancient priestess beholden for millennia to a vengeful goddess:
“What Sekhmet Keeps”
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.
And I held my breath and hit send. To my delight, my little kitty was welcomed alongside the many other fine authors who donated stories to the collection.
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!
The proceeds from this volume will go to the Cat House on The Kings no-kill Cat Sanctuary in Los Angeles. If you’d like to check it out, and help a worthy cause, Dark Things II: Cat Crimes is available at Amazon, and Lulu.
And that’s the story. I hope you enjoy the collection, and thanks so much, Suzanne, for allowing me to visit today.
~Juli D. Revezzo