Halloween Flash Fiction Event: James R Tuck



Thank you for joining us for this Halloween Flash Fiction Event story from James R Tuck. Our flash fiction story from James illustrates his love for all things dark and super creepy.  The image is a stock photo from a DeviantART artist who specifically allows it to be used on outside websites, with credit and links posted. Big thanks, to both the author and the artist, for sharing. Now… on to the story…

The Kitty and the Dead Man

by James R Tuck

This fucking cat is going to kill me.

I am. I really. really am.

The way she looks at me, those big yellow eyes that narrow anytime my throat is exposed. I can tell. I know her nature. like I can read her tiny, evil, little mind.

It flutters so tempting, a mouse under paw.

Goddam cat.

Catdamned human.

I didn’t want the thing. I hate the cotton candy feel of her fur, the sandpaper skritch of her tongue, the needle stick of her claws.

You did want me.

I’d kill her first if I could.


But I can’t.


The sound of her purr pulls at the nerves that run across my scalp, tugging the strings of them, unraveling the fabric of my sanity.

Heh. Ball of twine.

I should open the door.

You already did that.

I should throw you out. Throw you into traffic.

You were the one who captured me. You brought me here and put me in this vessel.black_cat_____by_masyon-d3j7o0h

It was a mistake.

It was arrogance.

I didn’t know.

You didn’t care.

I would kill you quick.

I won’t return the favor.

If I do it, what will happen?

I’ll be loosed into the world. I will hunt and kill and enjoy the feel of meat between my teeth and the salty slide of blood down my throat. I’ll roam the earth, to and fro, seeking whom I may devour. I’ll stalk every person you ever loved and chase them so their fear spices their flesh. One by one they will be morsels at my feasting board.

Dear God, no.

Leave Him out of this. It’s too late for you to look that direction.

If I keep you, you will kill me.

Free me.

I can’t.

I’ll save you for last.


About The Author

I am born and bred a Southern boy. I was raised on “yes, Ma’am” and “Hell Yeah”. I like good food and good music. I still live in Georgia with my lovely wife, my cool son, and my crackhead dogs. (My daughter is off to college and I am mighty proud of her.) I’ve been a professional Tattoo Artist for the last 16 years and I own FAMILY TRADITION TATTOO in Marietta, Ga.

Life is about so much more than money for me. Give me the ability to spend time with my family and friends, the right to shoot my guns, and the freedom to go to whatever church I want and I will say: Life is good.

About The Artist

Image: Black Cat

Artist Page: masyon  : This picture appears to have been removed between the time it was sent out, and this post went live. I will continue to check, and if the image is reposted, I will update the link for it.


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