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Katherine Kerestman

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Katherine Kerestman is the author of Creepy Cat’s Macabre Travels: Prowling around Haunted Towers, Crumbling Castles, and Ghoulish Graveyards (WordCrafts Press, 2020) — a non-fiction travel memoir to destinations associated with macabre stories in history, literature, and film — as well as numerous horrific short stories and non-fiction articles in all kinds of creepy anthologies, scholarly journals, and popular magazines.

She has a B.A. from John Carroll University, and an M.A. from Case Western Reserve University; and she is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association, the Jane Austen Society of North America, the Horror Writers Association, the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, and the Dracula Society.

She is wild about Dark Shadows and Twin Peaks and has been seen frolicking in the graveyards of Salem on Halloween. You can keep up with her at www.creepycatlair.com

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The Weird Cat

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A well-told horror story has much in common with your own cherished puss. Kitty jumps upon your lap and purrs, and you turn the page of your book.
Pray, take heed! Some dire thing is afoot! On your lap, Kitty stirs, her ears lifting into two small velvet tents. She raises her chin, stares expectantly into the gloom beyond the aura of the reading lamp, gazes at something which you cannot see! Her silken hairs begin to fluff, signaling her unease. Swiftly, Kitty moves from your lap onto the arm of your chair, where, channeling Bastet, she strikes an Egyptian-cat pose, her expectant stance and twitching whiskers communicating unseen peril.
The hairs on your neck begin to rise in sympathy. As you doggedly continue reading your book, you cast frequent glances at your cat: Kitty provides you with a sixth sense which you lack, a window into the unseen and the uncanny. You are mindful that cats dwell in a larger world than our own, the gulfs and abysses of which we can obtain but a shadowy glimpse, through their eyes.
In 
The Weird Cat you delve into that larger realm through more than three dozen classic and contemporary short stories, poems, and essays by masters of the craft including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, H.P. Lovecraft, Mary A. Turzillo, Christina Sng, Darrell Schweitzer, and others. Edited by Katherine Kerestman and S. T. Joshi.

Also by Katherine Kerestman

Creepy Cat’s Macabre Travels

Chilling tales of haunting, surreal, and inhuman entities that frighten us have been told by people of all times, and every place. It is the angst and insecurity which come with being human that these horror stories express. It turns out that, in the process of describing these forces and creatures (that which we are not), we are defining by negation our own humanity (that which we are).

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“Kerestman takes the reader gently by the hand and leads them on a tour through a world of monstrous Belgian paintings, haunted opera houses, and Lovecraftian seaports. Rather than simply reporting on all of these fascinating places, Kerestman uses these travels as an entryway into a series of meditations on how disquieting histories can leave their mark on specific places, and what it means for us to live in a haunted world. Readers will enjoy the tales of well-known destinations, such as Salem and the Tower of London, but might find themselves even more enticed by the dark corners that Kerestman finds off the beaten path. These are journeys well worth taking.” 

– ~Brandon R. Grafius

author of The Witch (Devil’s Advocates) and Reading the Bible with Horror