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What's Dead PussyKat (Kat Lightfoot Mysteries Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Sam Stone
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Nothing ever seems to go Kat Lightfoot’s way. If she’s not in the middle of battling a plague of gargoyle-like monsters in 1865 New York, she’s falling head over heels in love with her friend George Pepper … which wouldn’t be so bad, except that every other female is doing the same.

When Kat is caught in a passionate cinch with Pepper, a wedding is afoot, but no-one expected a gaggle of vampire women to be staying at the Chateau Chantel at the same time … nor for them to take such an interest in poor Pepper themselves.

Kat has her work cut out …

A tale of vampires, gargoyles, faith and farce from the author of Zombies at Tiffany’s and Kat on a Hot Tin Airship.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2312 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Telos Publishing Ltd (29 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MX654E6
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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BIOGRAPHY

Award winning author Sam Stone began writing aged 11 after reading her first adult fiction book, The Collector by John Fowles. Her love of horror fiction began soon afterwards when she stayed up late one night with her sister to watch Christopher Lee in the classic Hammer film, Dracula. Since then she's been a huge fan of vampire movies and novels old and new.

Sam's writing has appeared in many anthologies for poetry and prose. Her first novel was the fulfilment of a lifelong dream. Like all good authors she drew on her own knowledge and passions to write it. The novel won the Silver Award for Best Horror Novel in ForeWord Magazine's book of the year awards in 2007.

In September 2008 the novel was re-edited and republished by The House of Murky Depths as Killing Kiss. The sequels, Futile Flame and Demon Dance went on to become finalists in the same awards for 2009/2010. Both novels were later Shortlisted for The British Fantasy Society Awards for Best Novel and Demon Dance won the award for Best Novel in 2011. Sam also won Best Short Fiction for her story Fool's Gold which first appeared in the NewCon Press Anthology The Bitten Word.

In 2011 Sam was commissioned by Reeltime Pictures to write a monologue for their talking heads style Doctor Who spin-off, White Witch of Devil's End. She was also co-script editor with David J Howe. White Witch, starring Damaris Hayman, will be released on DVD in October 2014.

Rights for Sam's first novel Killing Kiss were bought by Verlag Bucheinband lnes Neumann in March 2013 for translation into German. The novel, Todeskuss, and was launched in December 2013. Since then Sam sold an original novella, The Darkness Within to AudioGo for Audio and Ebook and was commissioned by Telos to write two sequels to her hugely successful Steampunk Novella Zombies at Tiffany's. Her much loved heroine, Kat Lightfoot, returned to the printed page in September 2013 in Kat on a Hot Tin Airship. The audio rights to Zombies At Tiffany's were subsequently bought by Spokenworld Audio and were made available for download in Halloween 2013. This year the third book in the series, What's Dead Pussy Kat will be launch at the Asylum Steampunk Convention in Lincoln. In January 2015 the first novel of her new post-apocalyptic trilogy, Jinx Town - Book 1˗ The Jinx Chronicles will be published by Telos.

An eclectic and skilled prose writer Sam also has a BA (Hons) in English and Writing for Performance and an MA in Creative Writing, which means that she is frequently invited to talk about writing in schools, colleges and universities in the UK. She is said to be an 'inspirational' speaker.

WRITING CREDITS

Novels
Jaded Jewel: A Vampire Gene Novel (TBA 2015)
Jinx Bound - Book 3 ˗ The Jinx Chronicles, (Telos Publishing - Sept 2016)
Jinx Magic - Book 2 - The Jinx Chronicles, (Telos Publishing - Sept 2015)
Jinx Town - Book 1 - The Jinx Chronicles, (Telos Publishing - Jan 2015)
The Soul Thief ˗ (Under Consideration)
The Darkness Within - Final Cut, (Telos Publishing - Feb 2014)
Kat On A Hot Tin Airship¸ (Telos Publishing - Aug 2013)
Silent Sand: A Vampire Gene Novel (The House of Murky Depths - Sept 2012)
Hateful Heart: A Vampire Gene Novel (The House of Murky Depths - Sept 2011)
Demon Dance: Book 3 The Vampire Gene (The House of Murky Depths - Sept 2010)
Futile Flame: Book 2 The Vampire Gene (The House of Murky Depths - July 2009)
Killing Kiss: Book 1 The Vampire Gene (The House of Murky Depths - Sept 2008)

Novels in Translation
Todeskuss: (Killing Kiss) (Verlag Bucheinband lnes Neumann, Germany - Dec 2013)

Novellas
Kat of Green Tentacles, (Telos, Sept 2015)
What's Dead Pussy Kat,(Telos, Sept 2014)
The Darkness Within, (AudioGo, Oct 2013) Ebook and Large Print Hardback
Zombies at Tiffany's, (Telos Publishing - Sept 2012)

Collections
Zombies in New York & Other Bloody Jottings (Telos Publishing - Feb 2011)

Audio
Zombies At Tiffany's, (Spokenworld Audio, Oct 2013)
The Darkness Within, Novella (AudioGo, Sept 2013) And (Audible, Feb 2014)
Zombies in New York and Other Bloody Jottings, Short Story Collection (AudioGo Oct 2012) and (Audible, Feb 2014)
Walking the Dead, Bonus Short Story in Audio on Zombies in New York, (AudioGo Oct 2012)

Screenplays
Script editor - White Witch of Devil's End, (Reeltime Pictures, Nov 2014)
Writer - Prologue/The Inheritance, White Witch of Devil's End, (Reeltime Pictures, Nov 2014)

Short Fiction
Survival of the Fittest, (Short Fiction Contribution - with David J Howe) Flesh Like Smoke (April Moon Press, 2015)
Keeping the Faith, (Short Fiction Contribution) The Summer of Lovecraft (Chaosium, 2015 TBA)
Fallout, (Short Fiction Contribution) Atomic Age Cthulhu, (Chaosium, 2014 TBA)
The Puppet Master, (Short Fiction Contribution) Edge Of Sundown (Chaosium, 2014 TBA)
The Vessel, (Short Fiction Contribution) The Dark Rites of Cthulhu (April Moon Press, April 2014)
Sonar City, (Short fiction Contribution) Eldritch Chrome (Chaosium, Dec 2013)
The Jealous Sea, (Short Fiction Contribution) Terror Tales of The Seaside, (Gray Friar Press, Oct 2013)
The Last Resort, (Short Fiction Contribution) Fear the Reaper (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2013, TBA)
Urban Wolf, ¬(Short Fiction Contribution) Demonalogia Biblica (Western Legends Publishing, 2013 TBA)
Imogen, (Short Fiction Contribution) The Best of British Fantasy 2013, (Salt Publishing, June 2013)
Imogen, (Short Fiction Contribution) Siblings Collection (Hersham Horror, Sept 2012)
Chillers and Breathers, (Short Fiction Contribution) The Hammer Out Book of Ghosts (Fantom Films, Jan 2012)
Immortal Monster, (Short Fiction Contribution) The Hammer Out Book of Ghosts (Fantom Films, Jan 2012)
The Toymaker's House (Short Fiction Contribution) Full Fathom Forty (British Fantasy Society, Sept 2011)
Walking the Dead (Short Fiction Contribution) BFS Journal Spring 2011 (British Fantasy Society, March 2011)
Fool's Gold (Short Fiction Contribution) The Bitten Word (NewCon Press - March 2010)

Non Fiction
Book Club The Many Colored Land, SFX Magazine, Issue No 253. Autumn 2014

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5.0 out of 5 stars Who couldn't love this book! 22 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Story

After Kat and the gang defeated the shadowy evil at the Pollitt's place, we were left floating in the airship, with more than a friendship brewing between Pepper and Kat.

Next thing we know, Kat and Pepper are scurrying up a rope ladder, trying to reach the airship before their cleverly placed dynamite sticks go off. Sure, they had narrowly escaped death...again...but that's just how Kat loves life - fast, gritty and always on the edge. If not for her, Pepper and Martin, who would defeat the darkness? Even with them always pushing back, the darkness will always be there. Hopefully it will not reach the same stage as it did with the zombies, but lately the darkness has been growing. It's finding its way in to corners, creating a gloom over everything - would there be another uprising? One thing's for sure, there are a lot more creatures from the dark than there used to be, including their latest kill - gargoyles.

Their new focus on gargoyles has led them to a dilapidated church, abandoned some 20 years previous. Nothing seems right, but they know why. The darkness has entered this church, in a way unlike any they have encountered before. Would this evil be as easy to beat, especially when they have to do it under the watchful eyes of the church?

Kat and the gang jump full throttle into this church With life always on the edge, fast paced and never knowing whether they'll get through a day, it's hard not to take advantage of each moment. That attitude leads Kat and Pepper down a path they never thought possible. When they are caught in a loving embrace, by Martin and Kat's mother, they are rushed toward marriage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another future classic! 24 Oct. 2014
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Like all of Sam Stone's books, this is scary, funny and sexy all in one. This is what should be on the National Curriculum! Read this, you won't be disappointed! A++
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, sometimes romantic, paranormal fun 15 Dec. 2014
By Bob Milne - Published on Amazon.com
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What do you get when you mix airships, gargoyles, vampires, supernatural love spells, fallen priests, and a desecrated church (designed by none other than Charles Addams)? Well, if you're reading What's Dead Pussykat by Sam Stone, then what you get is a whole lot of creepy, sometimes romantic, paranormal fun.

The opening chapter here is particularly thrilling, with a pair of priests unwittingly battling the forces of darkness within their church. Visions, dreams, and portents of a blasphemous future all serve to set the stage for an unusual mix of supernatural themes and monsters.

If I were to have one complaint here, it's the way we're denied several crucial parts of the story in an effort to build some additional suspense, then fed those parts in a rush towards the end, revealing the truth of what we've to that point only suspected. It's not necessarily a bad way to tell a tale, I just find it a bit artificial. That said, Stone uses the narrative device to full effect here, exposing an early tease at romance to be supernaturally fueled . . . but still leaving significant doubt as to whether that's all it is.

The monsters here are well done, with the gargoyles a nice touch indeed. The vampires don't offer anything original, but they're used well, coming across as equal parts erotic and terrifying. As for the 'big' monster behind it all, that I will leave you to discover for yourself, but it was a twist I honestly didn't see coming, and a great way to bring the story full circle. It's a quick read, easily lending itself to a single sitting (or, perhaps, two), and one that flows naturally on the page. Also, as you might suspect from the title, What's Dead Pussykat has it's share of humor as well, keeping it all from getting too dark, and serving to carry the reader along.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fell in Love with this book! Brilliant!! 22 Sept. 2014
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The Story

After Kat and the gang defeated the shadowy evil at the Pollitt's place, we were left floating in the airship, with more than a friendship brewing between Pepper and Kat.

Next thing we know, Kat and Pepper are scurrying up a rope ladder, trying to reach the airship before their cleverly placed dynamite sticks go off. Sure, they had narrowly escaped death...again...but that's just how Kat loves life - fast, gritty and always on the edge. If not for her, Pepper and Martin, who would defeat the darkness? Even with them always pushing back, the darkness will always be there. Hopefully it will not reach the same stage as it did with the zombies, but lately the darkness has been growing. It's finding its way in to corners, creating a gloom over everything - would there be another uprising? One thing's for sure, there are a lot more creatures from the dark than there used to be, including their latest kill - gargoyles.

Their new focus on gargoyles has led them to a dilapidated church, abandoned some 20 years previous. Nothing seems right, but they know why. The darkness has entered this church, in a way unlike any they have encountered before. Would this evil be as easy to beat, especially when they have to do it under the watchful eyes of the church?

Kat and the gang jump full throttle into this church With life always on the edge, fast paced and never knowing whether they'll get through a day, it's hard not to take advantage of each moment. That attitude leads Kat and Pepper down a path they never thought possible. When they are caught in a loving embrace, by Martin and Kat's mother, they are rushed toward marriage. Luckily, Kat's mother is able to find a lovely hotel for them to have the ceremony at, and they all head there for the weekend to plan, but -as with all things Kat - nothing is quite what it seems.

They arrive at the hotel, all in a flutter. Kat is overwhelmed by beauty, love and marriage, which is nothing like the Kat we all knew. Is she changing, or is this all part of a sinister plot? Why do the ladies who've just checked in look so different, pale with bright red lips - almost as read as blood? Why does it seem like everyone is falling for Pepper? Why can't Kat seem to remember anything important and what on earth do bats have to do with it?

Let's only hope Kat and Martin can get to the bottom of this problem, before the problem flies out of hand and Pepper finds himself between more than a rock and a hard place...

What I Thought

I have yet to be let down by the brilliant writing from Sam Stone. This third instalment of the Kat Lightfoot mysteries is no less brilliant than the other two. Again, Stone has chosen to keep the overall premise of fighting the darkness as the main story of her mystery. She has also kept with the theme that each book, while fighting off darkness is key, also starts at a slightly different time and involves different minions and settings. I, personally, find this to be one of the reasons that her stories are so addicting. It is nice to know I am going to sit down and enjoy the gang, steampunk brilliance and lots of action, but I also love the fact that I know that there will not be any repetition and I will have loads of surprises awaiting me!

The characters in this story, outside of Kat and the gang, are very well developed. They have depth, emotion and we are given enough detail to be able not only to picture each of them, but to know what faces they would be making when they are talking, feel the emotion exuding from them and even believe (completely) the surprise turns they make take in the story. I love this, as all the characters are real and plausible, rather than finding myself thinking ' err, I wouldn't have seen him doing that, how disappointing' I find myself thinking 'damn, i knew that guy was bad news.' It's great!

I also found that we are delving even deeper into the main characters of our story. We are getting to know even more about Pepper, Kat, Martin, Kat's mother and even Holly! Unlike a lot of series, I like that they characters have many layers and depth, giving us more insight into them with each story, rather than building the characters in the first book and just leaving be.

The plot to this book was done perfectly, and was completely believable - with the understanding and knowledge of what we have come to expect from both the darkness and from vampires. The pace held its own, ensuring that the story had twists/turns exactly when they were needed and that you were never left waiting for something to happen to boost the story - there was always something to keep your interested piqued and your mind craving for more.

I also love that this book ends with an option for so much more from Stone and the Lightfoot mysteries. I, for one, hope she doesn't plan to stop here. I want to here so much more of the gang's adventures.

OVERALL: This book blew me away. I would highly recommend this book and the entire Lightfoot mysteries, as they are addicting. They are great reads for adults and even down to YA, probably over 15-16, with the dark details. They are great for a fast read - if you want to sit for a few hours and just immerse yourself, but are also great for a pick-up read if you only have minutes to spare. The depth and breadth of writing make this book one not to be missed and the skill from Stone will make you fall in love with Kat, Pepper and Martin more with each page.
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