King O' The Cats Facts; what Blue Flynn didn't tell you!
Whoa, two blog posts in one week? Someone needs to check, but I think that’s some kind of record. I didn’t plan on posting again this week, but I’ve found myself with a few extra minutes and I figured this would be more productive than scrolling aimlessly through social media.
As you guys may have seen, one of the ways we’re trying to market our new book, “King O’ The Cats”, is by doing a short making of/behind the scenes video series. Even though we’re only two episodes in, I’d say its turning out better than expected if only because, unlike this space, we’ve been able to stay on schedule. That being said, with episode two’s topic being the history/origin of the “King O’ The Cats” folktale, I found myself brushing up against the bite sized way content is consumed on the internet, which is a long way of saying I feel like we left a lot of information and facts out. With that in mind, I’d like to share some of the bits and bobs that were left out.
The first appearance of "King O' The Cats" in print was in the 1561 short novel “Beware The Cat” which is likewise considered to be not only the first horror novel in English, but the first novel ever published in English. I have to admit it gave me chills learning that, way back when this project first began nether of us knew that. It’s humbling in a way, yet it’s super neat that in some small way we’re helping keep this story alive.
Though it would be impossible to prove, it is speculated that the cats in this story and others emanating from the British Isles are based off of the Kellas cat from Scotland. The mystery surrounding the Kellas cat is enough to fill up this and quite a few more entries…or maybe a picture book? We now know that the Kellas cat is a hybrid of domesticated cats and Felis Silvestris or a Wildcat but for most of its existence it was considered to be in the same category as Big Foot or Nessie. And like with those two, there were hoaxes and outlandish claims. One such claim was that a pack of Kellas cats descended on a lone traveler, leaving him in nothing but rags. It wasn't until 1984, when a Scottish gamekeeper caught one in a snare, that the Kellas cat became real.
And lastly, just because I’m a huge comic fan, Catwoman had brother whose name was King of the Cats, but I don’t think he’s appeared since Crisis on Infinite Earths in the mid 80’s. Anyhow, hope everyone has a great weekend and check back on Monday for Episode 3.
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