I have mixed feelings about drawing cats, and thus about this story. On the one hand, it’s really fun. On the other hand, it’s a little tricky, and I feel I never quite get the right balance between making them little animals and making them little manga-faced people. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this page a lot. Plus, PIGS!

I mentioned it in the “Annotated Dream-Quest” already, but I want to give another shout-out to one of my favorite children’s books, Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag. My parents used to read it to me when I was a kid. It came out in 1929, so conceivably Lovecraft could have seen it on the shelves while he was browsing bookstores in Providence, unable to afford any new books, and in fact, looking longingly at his own old books he had recently had to pawn for money to eat. I wonder if Lovecraft’s mother ever bought him any normal kids’ books when she wasn’t buying him Goldfinch’s Mythology and The Arabian Nights. I guess the dime novels he used to read count as YA.