Wednesday, March 11, 2020

On the Causes and Consequences of Cat Ladies, by Richard A. Lovett


(Horror) After her husband’s death, Barbara moves to a quiet farmhouse in Iowa, where she attracts the interest of the local cats. (4,736 words; Time: 15m)

"On the Causes and Consequences of Cat Ladies," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 03-04|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.107 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Barbara’s problem with the cats build up gradually, but the climax is still a surprise.

Con: “When Albert died, the Malaysians had descended on her with an army of lawyers and forced her to renegotiate the deal.” Barbara is a wimp, and the cats push her around just like the Malaysian lawyers did. This makes reading about her unpleasant, not to mention hard to believe.

The details about her and Albert’s work don’t seem to have anything to do with the outcome. These aren’t “smart cats” so much as demonic ones.

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