A few months ago, Brian Keene and Dave Thomas were talking about my novel, Hacks, on their weekly podcast, The Horror Show with Brian Keene, because I was bringing it back into print and offering free digital copies to Horror Show listeners. Mostly it was shameless self promotion, but partly it was because many of the book’s main characters are based on real writers I know, one of them Brian Keene.
Dave suggested that someone should put him and co-host Phoebe in a story, then offered up a premise that had a lot of possibility.
“What are you waiting for, Knight? It writes itself!”
I’m pretty sure he was kidding, and pretty sure he was still kidding when he mentioned the idea again a few weeks ago, but I liked the idea, and he called me out by name, so what the hell.
It was supposed to be a flash piece but evolved into a full-grown short story. I’m publishing it with Dave and Phoebe’s permission in my upcoming collection Dangerous Toys, but I wanted you guys to have a chance to read it for free before Dangerous Toys comes out, so I’m posting it here for the next few weeks.
I hope you all dig it!
*Mother of Kitties has been removed from Brian-Knight.com, but will be available soon in my new collection, Dangerous Toys.*