REPLACING MAX by Stuart MacBride & Allan Guthrie

What do you get with a father, his eleven-year-old daughter, and their visit to a BB run by cat breeders? It is, (perhaps), my favorite story in the entire anthology. What starts out as a charming experience gets increasingly weirder. Why do the residence love the father’s red hair so much? Why is he on the edge as if he has something to hide?

If I could say which of the seventeen stories would make the best stand alone horror film, this one would be my pick of the litter. The cat breeding family is colorful in their own Scottish way. You want to get to know them. The story is told in a present tense which isn’t something I’m usually drawn to; however, we see things from the visiting father’s point of view. We are on his emotional ride from beginning to end. It works here because we don’t know what is coming next. You are lulled into a false sense of comfort before things take a brutally disturbing turn. All I will say is that after reading or listening to this yarn, you may think twice before visiting a BB if you see pictures of children on the walls and you are being commented upon as if you could win the owners a trophy. Bonus, you will never think of Harry Potter the same way after experiencing this story.