Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Guest post: Those Mysterious Cats by J.D. Revezzo

Today I am happy to cede the blog not only to a fellow ex-blogger friend-turned author, but also to a good cause. Please give a warm welcome to J.D. Revezzo, who is here today to talk about... cats! :-D

Oh, those popular and mysterious cats!
by J.D. Revezzo

Cats have enjoyed popularity, in some cases, dubious fame, for centuries.

The Egyptians domesticated the cat 3000 years ago. They kept them as pets and adored them so much, later archaeologists have found mummified cats entombed with the ancients. The Egyptians revered them so highly, it is said whole families mourned at cat’s death.

In Norse Mythology, the goddess Freyja employed a team of cats to pull her chariot. So they were once trusted laborers, as well as, *ahem*, fat cats.

The myth of a black cat crossing one’s path came from the witch trial years. They were seen as willful, independent creatures, and thereby, spawns of the devil. Did you know, because of those associations, cats were often burned at the stake, along with the poor “witches” who took them in? Do black cat’s inspire bad luck? Makes you wonder. Here’s another interesting superstition, according to recent news, construction workers in England recently unearthed a house—they’re calling it a witch’s house—and inside one of the walls, they found a cat’s skeleton. Apparently, it walling up a cat in the basement was a good luck charm in the 17th century.

Hm… So, that’s where Edgar Allan Poe got the idea. . . . Chilling thought, huh?

With this entire mixed history, would you be at all surprised to find your cat might not think you’re the “cat’s whiskers”? Would it absolutely surprise you if, after getting a shoe thrown at it for its participation in a midnight opera, that it might be capable of, oops! Accidentally (on purpose) tripping you? Or knocking over that canister of bug poison that just so happened to “sneak” its way into your grocery bag, beside the powdered sugar?

*Eyes cat warily* Yeah, I’m not so sure about that innocent looking feline anymore myself.

Thoughts like that can make one a little more wary of our kitten cohorts, can’t they?

Ideas like this led to the tales myself, Patty G. Henderson, Marian Allen and others conceived for the recent anthology Dark Things II: Cat Crimes. Would you like a peek?

Here’s a little bit about my story:
“What Sekhet 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.

Yeah, sometimes being catlike can get you in trouble. *teehee*

Take a peek inside and see if you don’t agree….maybe the butler didn’t do it. Maybe the cat did it!

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!

All proceeds from the sale of our anthology will go to Cat House on The Kings, a no-kill cat sanctuary in California.

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Thanks to Stella for allowing me this space to speak of our little anthology, and thank all of you for reading. We hope you enjoy our stories!

About J.D. Revezzo:

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 website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

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