FROM A CAT’S VIEW | Selected Stories
The following stories and poems have been selected for Post-To-Print’s first anthology, FROM A CAT’S VIEW (closed to submissions). These remarkable stories are drawn from a pool of talented writers who share fascinating insights into the relationship between humans and their cat owners. The final collection of multi-genre stories will appeal to all readers.
A CAT’S CONFESSION, a poem by Lisa Timpf
STRAY CAT STRUT by Neal F. Litherland
The street’s no place for Manhattan lovelies with names like Princess.
Tucked at the end of his private alley, Leo never expected to be sought out by a damsel in distress. But Tig sent her, and Leo owes Tig a favor, and favors are the currency of the street.
THE OPEN ROAD by Lisa Timpf
Most shun the solitary life; a few seek it.
Quicksilver, ship’s cat by profession, was in the latter group—alone, on the move, and one step ahead of his nightmare—until the day he met it face-to-face.
INTREPIDUS by Jennifer Loring
It wasn’t the first time he’d made her feel alone and unloved.
The breach between cat and human can be insurmountable, and the need to strike out from the pain of unrequited love, impossible to ignore.
CAT’S SCHRÖDINGER, a poem by Guy Anthony De Marco
TISHY by Isobel Horsburg
Some cats are talented. Others are unnaturally talented.
Tishy loved bringing little gifts home for Laura and her mother—found objects—some valuable. But she outdid herself the day she brought home Quintus Liberalis.
SAVANNAH AND SAVANNAH by Tom Antony Davies
Only the naïve trust in coincidence.
If you find a lost cat with your name on its collar, it’s fate, right? It’s meant to be. But what if it really is meant to be? Think about it . . . think twice about it.
THE REAL THING by Tom Larsen
Locked in a vending machine—bummer!
His stomach rumbled. He could hear his little girl calling him home. Leon hoped it’d be a short winter.
THE CAT’S APPRENTICE by Rose Strickman
Change is bad; being ignored is unacceptable.
No one was putting Malcolm in a corner. Not his personal wizard and certainly not this interloper-wizard-wannabe.
MOONLIGHT, a poem by Lisa Timpf
THIRD EYE LIVING by Jaleta Clegg
All cats have nine lives; only the bravest have three eyes.
When Mr. Fluffers’ mother warned him about fairies, she failed to mention their pointy spears, sharp teeth, and evil grins. It’s no surprise why some cats choose to keep their third eye closed.
CATS ARE PATIENT by Jean Graham
Six thousand years of plotting threatened by one, weak human.
Not once, in the long history of the Ailurian, had they found it necessary to dispose of a human. But Commander Hegel was adamant it must be done. Just how, was Cleo’s problem.
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT by Karen Ovér
Freedom is only as good as the next pilfered salmon fillet.
To be a free-range cat, you need the smarts to survive. Atticus viewed mere survival as the first stage. He’d prospered, now it was time to level up to fulfillment.
SPECIAL by Charles Brass
Family is . . . well, family. Maxie is special.
Not fair. But what’s Aunt Po’ to do? What do they expect? It’s not her fault she made it from the gutter into the good life.
TWO HOURS, a poem by David Chorlton
THE STRAY by Jeremy Megargee
I kill to eat, and to feed the big pink one that cannot hunt.
There are fences, and barbwire, and smoke that burns the eyes and throat. She cannot escape, but like me, she is a survivor.
WITCH CAT by Frances Pauli
Her kind are on the way out, but Old Gert isn’t one to go quietly.
How is a good witch supposed to earn her living if no one believes in magic? Cheat. And Gert knows how she’ll do it. “Here kitty, kitty.”
THE CEMETERY CAT by Jennifer Lee Rossman
There was one cat for each grave—three-hundred forty-seven in all.
Cats bestow comfort; it’s at the top of their resumes. Who needs comfort more than an unsettled ghost? An unsettled cat with unfinished business.
LONGING, a poem by Mandy Burkhead
BIG EARS, by Wilfred R. Robinson
A plague curses the village of Culloden and beyond.
Superstitious humans converge on a faction long considered the conduit of evil: their cats. Little do they understand they’ve condemned their only chance for salvation.
TIN OPENER by Charlotte Platt
Justice arrives on the heels of the reaper.
Jasper learned a thing or two in service to the occult. When his tin opener is killed, he uses his knowledge to summon help in pursuing those who took her before her time.
MULGRAVE’S RESOLVE by Michelle Mellon
Exhaustion, endurance, boredom, hunger, anger . . . reward
Mr. Mulgrave must conquer the milestones on the road to survival one at a time— and alone. But to manage the last mile, he’ll need providence at his side.