Can I combine catblogging and horror blogging? I’m going to try!
The past couple of nights, I’ve sensed a restless presence in my home. I’ve heard strange sounds and seen motion out of the corner of my eye. At last, I got a picture of the phenomenon:
Is my apartment haunted? Is a restless spirit stalking the corridors?
Well, sort of — Zoe’s gotten really hyper! I suspect that now that she’s getting well-fed, she’s finding reserves of energy that weren’t there before. I’ve been playing with her as much as I can to keep her busy. I tried to take a few pictures of her antics, but she moves too darn fast — hence the ‘ghost cat’ picture.
When I started thinking about it, though, I started to wonder how many stories are out there that involve the ghosts of animals. I can only think of two off the top of my head – mild spoilers!!!
The first is by Ramsey Campbell: The Whining. The story concerns a man who ends up haunted by a particularly obnoxious stray dog. This story is actually an example of the horror theme of unwanted love that I blogged about a few days back. The story is collected in the Arkham House publication The Height of the Scream (which also contains, amusingly, a childhood Ramsey horror story).
The second story is by Robert E. Howard: The Shadow of the Beast. A man pursues a criminal into a house which is haunted by more than a mere man. This is probably one of Howard’s best horror stories. I originally read it in a compilation of Howard’s Cthulhu-mythos related tales.
Any other stories about ghost animals out there worth reading?