Masters of the Macabre

Meet the feline muse behind the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

By Steve Uhler

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It's Halloween. Quick, name the scariest cat story you can think of.

There's a good chance you thought of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat."
Many cat lovers have mixed feelings about Edgar Allan Poe. The celebrated author, poet and critic wrote what is arguably the most infamous cat-related short story in American literature. To judge from the dark tale, he was no fan of felines; but in real life, Poe was a man who had an uncommonly deep love and admiration for cats — and for one magical housecat in particular: his own longtime companion, Catterina.

**Get the October 2010 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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