Black Cat

The Price by Neil Gaiman

 READING FICTION BLOG  Tuesday’s Tale of Terror   September 24, 2019



Is quiet horror in your reading genre? The Price by Neil Gaiman is a fast read at 2400 words and is the kind of mysterious soft horror that I love. This is a story about a man who takes in a stray black cat. As with so much of Gaiman’s work, this story has high suspense and a mesmerizing effect.

As legends go, cats are said to be magical, ghostly, sinister, mystical, bewitching, and known to haunt Ireland and Scotland. Calico cats are considered to be lucky. In the Middle Ages black cats were thought to be the cause of the black death.  Or my favorite, cats are living urns of human souls.

Whatever your fascination is with cats, especially black cats (I had black cat with a white patch like an X under his chin who we called Jazzbow), The Price is a cat story that’ll become your favorite. The read is great in itself, but the animatic with Gaiman narrating is chilling. This is a dark glossy cat story that does more than haunt.

Read the short story here at Bitchwick:

Watch the animatic by Silver Fish Creative on YouTube (16 minutes), available for only a short time:



Neil Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, and comic books and more. His works include the comic book series The Sandman, novels Stardust, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book. He is the recipient of the Hugo Award, the Nebula, Bram Stoker Award, the Newbery and Carnegie medals.


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6 responses to “Black Cat

  1. lydiaschoch

    Wow, that was a good story. I’d never read it before, so thanks for sharing. Neil Gaiman really does have a way with words.

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  2. It’s an excellent story! Yes, quiet horror is right up my alley. We have had seven black cats, purely by coincidence that so many were black. Over the years the number has declined to four. Our four remaining black cats are beautiful and definitely mysterious.

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  3. You’re quite welcome. Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


  4. I’m a Neil Gaiman fan but this is a new one to me. Sounds neat. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks!

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