The Quiet Shelter There anthology is a collection of SFF stories to benefit the Friends of Homeless Animals, from Hadley Rille Books.
It includes my own little story “Make None to Weep. It is set in ancient Egypt (what a surprise) featuring the cat Nedjem and his High Priest Ankhu. In this, Ankhu, in the process of aiding the ghost of a mute slave, gets something many of us can only wish for: closure to the loss of a beloved pet. The title comes from the Declaration of Innocence from the ancient Egyptian Funerary texts: Hail, Her-f-ha-f, who comest forth from thy cavern, I have made none to weep. In my mind, this single line is more profound than most others written afterwards, in any religions. And methinks it applies largely to animals, because those are truly innocent among us.
*glances at kitten stalking the sparrows outside*
I suppose it applies to cats too. Unless you’re a sparrow. Or, gods forbid, a roll of toilet paper.
In any case, those of you who can afford it, please consider getting a copy. It’s for a good cause. And it’s a good book.
Mirrored from Christine Lucas.