Deal Me In, Week 24 ~ “Catskin”


Hosted by Jay @ Bibliophilopolis

“Catskin” by Kelly Link

Card picked: Five of Clubs

From: Thrilling Tales, ed. by Michael Chabon

Thoughts, briefly (sometimes briefly is all I have): I’m generally a fan of Kelly Link. I read “The Specialist’s Hat” as my first Lunar Extra of the year and received an extra gothic surprise. She’s sort of a cross between Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson. Her fairy tales are dark gray, often in the form of “Do you see that object you think you know? It is not at all what you think it is…” And that of course leads to very uneasy moments as the world you think you know is slowly upended. In “Catskin,” cats, children, and houses are all tilted as a witch’s child and a witch’s cat (or maybe the dead witch herself), take revenge for her poisoning. Except, it’s not *that* straightforward. There are themes here of growing up and dealing with grief that I haven’t entirly processed yet. This wasn’t a comfortable read, but it was still enjoyable.

2 thoughts on “Deal Me In, Week 24 ~ “Catskin”

  1. Pingback: Deal Me In 2015 – Week 24 Wrap Up | Bibliophilopolis

  2. Jay

    I’ve never read Kelly Link before, but if she’s truly a cross between Bradbury and Jackson then sign me up! 🙂 For some reason I’ve always enjoyed stories about witches and their curses (probably dating back to Hawthorne and M.R. James’s “The Ash Tree”) – fictional characters should certainly know by now that you don’t mess with witches! 🙂


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