Hold your kitties close, dim the lights, and curl up with
these frightening felines for the Halloween season!
This tale comes from
the American South; the
title name often changes.
I’ve selected “Brandy” in
honor of my very own
One stormy night, a
man walked the road
looking for shelter.
Finding an abandoned
house, he went inside
and built a fire.
Quickly falling asleep,
the man woke up after
some time to see a black cat at his side.
While he was petting the cat, the cat
purred, “Wait ‘til Brandy comes.”
Startled, but sure he was dreaming,
the man went back to sleep.
He later woke to find a second,
much larger black cat staring at him.
The larger cat turned to the first cat
and said, “Should we do it now?”
“No, let’s wait ’til Brandy comes,”
replied the first cat.
Scared, but convinced he must still
be dreaming, the man once more went
back to sleep.
Waking up yet again, the man opened
The Black Cat
Huge, with a scary humanoid face! Fills
you with dread — and speaks! Stares
with glowing red eyes!
Said to stalk the site of the Hellfire
Club in Dublin, an 18th-century group
that reveled in drinking, debauchery, and satanic ritual, the
Killakee cat has been called a harbinger of doom, even a demon.
Also seen in the nearby Killakee House, the black cat has been
known to intimidate construction workers, appear in locked rooms,
and change shape from human to cat right before your eyes.
his eyes to see a third, enormous black cat, staring at him.
In a very loud voice, the third
cat said, “Shall we do it now?”
“No,” said the second cat,
“We should wait.”
“Wait ’til Brandy comes!”
hissed the first cat.
At this point the man jumped
up and ran out of the house
screaming, “When Brandy
comes, tell her I couldn’t wait!”
BY LOUISE HUNG / ILLUSTRATIONS BY STEPHANIE PIRO