No, Really…You Don’t Have to Bring That In… (Guest Post by S. H. Roddey)

Hi, everyone. My name is Susan, and I wrote a story. Obvious, I know, but that’s why I’m here today: to talk about what exactly I wrote. By now I’m sure you’ve all heard about Hero’s Best Friend, the anthology edited by Scott Sandridge. If not, you really should go out and get your copy right now. It’s a fun book, filled with stories of animal companions in interesting situations. And not just because of me.

I have a story in it called Look What the Cat Dragged In. It’s a little bit different than your standard fare animal companion stories, as this one is a contemporary murder mystery written from the point of view of a cat. And not just any cat… a talking tuxedo cat named Miko.

See, I used to have a whole collection of outdoor cats. My husband is a bleeding-heart sucker with a soft spot for furballs, and he started feeding them. So they kept coming. At one point we had sixteen cats outside who would come up to eat four or so times a day. One of them in particular was a pretty tuxedo cat, and he was a talker. He would sit and chatter endlessly regardless of the fact that we couldn’t understand a word he said. But he also had a deplorable habit: bringing me “presents” that were often still moving.

His gifts were what ultimately spawned this story. I would often find myself wondering what would happen if he brought me something more interesting than a half-dead mouse or a squirrel’s tail. As with any story, this one started with that one special question:

What if?

I would like to think that if I had a talking cat and he put me in the predicament Miko put his human in, my cat would be willing to help me out a little too.


About the Editor

Scott M. Sandridge is a writer, editor, freedom fighter, and all-around trouble-maker. His latest works as an editor include the Seventh Star Press anthologies Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions, and the two volumes of A Chimerical World, Tales of the Seelie Court and Tales of the Unseelie Court.


About the Book

Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions
edited by Scott Sandridge

How far would Gandalf have gotten without Shadowfax? Where would the Vault Dweller be without Dogmeat? And could the Beastmaster been the Beastmaster without his fuzzy allies? Animal companions are more than just sidekicks. Animals can be heroes, too!

Found within are twenty stories of heroic action that focuses on the furries and scalies who have long been the unsung heroes pulling their foolish human buddies out of the fire, and often at great sacrifice-from authors both established and new, including Frank Creed, S. H. Roddey, and Steven S. Long.

Whether you're a fan of Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Science Fiction, or just animal stories in general, this is the anthology for you!

So sit back, kick your feet up, and find out what it truly means to be the Hero's Best Friend.

Featured in Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions:

Joy Ward: "Toby and Steve Save the World"
Frank Creed: "Dusk"
Cassie Schau: "The Hunter's Boy"
Steven Donahue: "Grit"
Jason Cordova: "Hill 142"
Herika R. Raymer: "Dook"..
Essel Pratt: "Brothers".
Lisa Hawkridge: "Ezra's Girl".
S. H. Roddey: "Look What the Cat Dragged In."
Steven S. Long: "The Wolf Sentinel"
Laura Anne Ewald: "Memorandum"
Cindy Koepp: "The Hat".
Ian Hunter: "Scarheid in the Glisting".
Steven Grassie: "The Masterless".
David Wright: "Wind of Change"
Renee Carter Hall: "The Emerald Mage"..
Nick Bryan: "The Violet Curse"..
Lillian Csernica & Kevin Andrew Murphy: "The Restless Armadillo".
Douglas J. Ogurek: "Stuck on the Squigglybounce"
Sheila Deeth: "Passage"


  1. Sounds well worth a read. Thanks for highlighting this one!

  2. that sounds so delightful and the cover is amazing too


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