Book review: The Cat Came Back – Matthew Cash


My next horror read after the excellent Grey Matter Press anthology ‘Peel Back the Skin’ was always going to be a tough act to follow. ‘The Cat Came Back’ is a completely different beast to what I read previously in that it is quite humorous. It does have some gruesome scenes but ultimately it left me feeling slightly underwhelmed.

‘The Cat Came Back’ isn’t a bad story by any stretch. I love horror and I have a very dry sense of humor, so I should’ve loved this, but it didn’t quite hit the mark. The story (obviously, perhaps) features a sort of demonic cat that refuses to die. Darren Johnson is a bloke down on his luck: his wife is gone and he drinks too much. A strange cat enters his life and a kind of bond is formed, however, the cat isn’t just your ordinary friendly feline, but something else entirely.

Like I said, there are some great moments of humor in this novella, as well as some gory scenes (the one with the horse, being a favorite). Darren is a bit of a tool, but quite engaging at the same time as a sort of likable loser and the weird cat guy was a good character too. The book is a quick read, so there is no fat attached, it is just a little unremarkable.

I have read a few things by Mr Cash now and enjoyed them. His recent novel ‘Pinprick’, reviewed here, was a much better offering, as are some of his other works, such as ‘Illness’ and ‘Hell & Sebastian’. All of these books I found to be original, well-written and entertaining. You might disagree and find this to be wonderful, and it isn’t bad, its just not brilliant either.

Pick up a copy of ‘The Cat Came Back’ from here.

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