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For He Can Creep: A Tor.com Original | Siobhan Carroll
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"For He Can Creep" by Siobhan Carroll is a dark fantasy about Jeoffry, a cat who fights demons, a poet, who is Jeoffrys human confined to an insane asylum, and Satan, who schemes to end the world. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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A speculative fiction short in which Jeoffrey the Cat battles the Devil for that which is rightfully his—his human's soul. Cat lovers are certain to adore this tale.

sharread I love stories with cats 2mo
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I'm usually annoyed when a book is different from my expectations. I picked this up after reading Stephen Graham Jones' "Night Cyclist" imagining it would be similar: a long short story (Tor calls them novelettes) with a horror element. Set in a London asylum, a feline named Jeoffry is busy chasing away creatures from the human inhabitants when the devil attempts to make him a deal. Should appeal to fans of Gaiman. Although more whimsical than I?

vivastory expected, this was a pleasant surprise! This is Siobhan Carroll's first Tor publication & I wouldn't be surprised if she breaks out the way Martha Wells & Sarah Gailey did. 3mo
Reggie That‘s a creepy pic!!! 3mo
vivastory @Reggie It really is. That's one of the reasons I thought it would have stronger horror vibes. But it's still a unique story. 3mo
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AlaMich This sounds...kinda awesome! 3mo
QuintusMarcus Do you know the source of the title? It‘s a tad obscure. 3mo
vivastory @QuintusMarcus I do! Christopher Smart's Jubilate Agno, "I will consider my cat Jeoffry..." The greatest poem ever written about a cat imo, possibly the greatest poem ever written about any domestic animal. 3mo
QuintusMarcus Magnificent! I‘m so glad you know the work! How did you come to know Christopher Smart? My introduction was through the music of Benjamin Britten — I assume that‘s the case for most. I just love Smart, I wish he was better known. Incidentally, Lucy Ellmann references him a couple times in Ducks, Newburyport. 3mo
vivastory @QuintusMarcus For approximately 10 years the vast majority of my reading was poetry. If I recall correctly I first came across it in an anthology, most likely 3mo
QuintusMarcus Well, now, I‘m glad to hear that Smart is being anthologized these days - I would have thought his work to be a little too nutty to be approachable, but maybe not. Anyway, I‘m glad you know him. Penguin has an excellent compilation of his works, if you ever want to really dig in. 3mo
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