What is it about the cat that captivates the creative imagination? No other creature has inspired so many authors to take pen to page. Mystery, horror, science fiction, and fantasy stories have all been written about cats.
From legendary editor Ellen Datlow comes Tails of Wonder and Imagination, which collects the best of the last thirty years of science fiction and fantasy stories about cats by some of today’s most popular authors. With uncollected stories by Stephen King, Carol Emshwiller, Tanith Lee, Peter S. Beagle, Elizabeth Hand, Dennis Danvers, and Theodora Goss and a previously unpublished story by Susanna Clarke, plus feline-centric fiction by Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, George R. R. Martin, Lucius Shepard, Joyce Carol Oates, Graham Joyce, Catherynne M. Valente, Michael Marshall Smith, and many others.
Tails of Wonder and Imagination features more than 200,000 words of stories in which cats are heroes and stories in which they’re villains; tales of domestic cats, tigers, lions, mythical part-cat beings, people transformed into cats, cats transformed into people. And yes, even a few cute cats.
Edited by Ellen Datlow Cat stories by: Lawrence Block Susanna Clarke Charles de Lint Carole Nels on Douglas Neil Gaiman Stephen King Joyce Carol Oates Kelly Link George R. R. Martin Sharyn McCrumb and many others