I’ve lived with animals almost all my life. Far back as I can remember, I can see images of the family fish, Goldie, swimming around in her tiny tank. I remember the momentous day my mother and sister and I went to the local human society and chose a dog to take home with us.
We were so excited, we chose the first one we saw: a hideously ugly black dog we named Lady. Scraggly, thin – so mangy even the groomer said there was nothing to be done – she was loyal and protective to the end. Playful and silly, sweet and cuddly. All the things a dog should be to a human.
Further on, I remember our many cats (at one point we had around four or five!) and the hijinks they pulled on us. One, named Cleopatra, would lie in wait underneath the bed and slap you with her paw as you walked by. At night. Always at night when it was most creepy.
Another cat, a huge black-haired boy we named Tom, was a hunter. He killed rat after rat, night after night, and left the bloody entrails streamed across our front porch for my sister and I – probably around nine or ten – to find in the morning. He was always so proud of himself.
We had two hamsters who had babies in their cage (Horrifyingly enough, the father began eating them before we noticed the babies and only two survived). And my sister had a bird that got eaten by one of the cats (lots of animal-on-animal consumption going on in the Knight household). I had a rabbit named Fidget (I won’t even tell you the macabre story I have to tell about poor Fidget), my sister had a parrot once . . .
I could go on! But the point is that I grew up surrounded by pets. Some I loved, some . . . not so much (sorry hamster babies!). As an adult, I don’t have any animals. I have three small children as a substitute. But my oldest has already begun asking me for a cat (to which I so eloquently reply: “When you can scoop the poop, you can have a cat!”). I hope they grow up with similar fond memories of their animals – minus the eating thing – and that’s part of the reason I wanted to do this anthology, SUPERSTITIOUS.
Title: Very Superstitious
Authors: Delany, Jackie Morse Kessler, Stephanie Kuehnert, Jennifer Knight,Marianne Mancusi, Michelle E. Reed, Dianne Salerni and Pab Sungenis
Age Group: Adult
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Available Formats: Paperback, E-Book
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The stories are based on urban legends, myths, tribal tales and superstitions from around the world. A charity anthology to benefit SPCA International with stories by Shannon Delany, Jackie Morse Kessler, Stephanie Kuehnert, Jennifer Knight, Marianne Mancusi, Michelle E. Reed, Dianne Salerni and Pab Sungenis.
· An ebook of each authors’ work (INT)
· One (1) physical copy of the Very Superstitious Anthology (US Only)