For millennia cats have haunted human consiousness. Whether worshipped as gods or persecuted as the incarnation of Evil, no other creature has aroused such violent emotions. In this collection of stories - which range from a macabre tale by a sixteenth century monk to the work of contemporary masters - all the cats are different. There are talking cats, starving cats, murderous cats, cannibalistic cats, cats that can take human form, ghost cats, and a cat that might be the Devil himself. They have only one thing in common - all are terrifying..'. 'He said unto her, He believed she was a Witch. Whereat she being dissatisfied said, That some she-Devil would shortly fetch him away! Which words were heard by others, as well as himself. The Night following, as he lay in his Bed, there came in at the Window, the likeness of a Cat, which flew upon him, took fast hold of his Throat, lay on him a considerable while, and almost killed him. At length he remembered what Susanna Martin had threat'ned him the Day before; and with much striving he cried out, Avoid, thou She-Devil! In the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, Avoid! Whereupon it left him, leap'd on the Floor, and flew out the Window.
Used availability for Michel Parry's Beware of the Cat
September 1972 : USA Hardback
November 1972 : UK Hardback
November 1974 : UK Paperback