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This shocking claim forces Ayden to revisit the adolescent world he shared with his older brother, Everett. It is a world where truth is uncertain and dreams and imagination blur with reality. Everett insists Ayden possesses powers of clairvoyance and has the ability to conjure entities from his mind. As Everett pushes Ayden into increasingly darker territories, events turn deadly.
Digging into this murky past, Ayden and Phillip awaken old demons they must face as they race to find Ginger.
Where the Cats Will Not Follow is a strange journey into the mind of a troubled young man who may be delusional—or may in fact possess the extraordinary abilities he was believed to once hold.
Horror/Dark Fantasy/Coming of Age
Beyond the surrealism and nightmarish qualities, I see Where the Cats Will Not Follow as an exploration of unhealthy relationships. At its core, it’s an emotional coming-of-age story filled with manipulation (who is manipulating who?), angst, and gut-wrenching self-discovery. I wanted to capture the emotions of someone resisting the transition into adulthood so vehemently, so keen on staying in the past and attempting to relive it, that he is practically kicking and screaming against growing up.
“An utterly original work. A book that loves to play games with the reader’s mind. Are the events we’re reading really [happening], or is it all just in the main character’s head? Does Ayden actually possess the ability to dream the future, or is his older brother, Everett, just a master of manipulation? Deciding for yourself what’s really going down is one of the book’s great joys.” -Dread Central
“Boasts plenty of highly imaginative sequences and entertaining twists and turns throughout. But underneath the mind-bending terror, Stromp has crafted a wonderful story about unconventional relationships and those awkward years between adolescence and adulthood.” -Scream Magazine
“Where the Cats Will Not Follow is a beautiful example of a novel that refuses to live within the confines of one genre and is all the better for it. It’s a quality fusion of fantasy, horror and surrealism with the continual bleeding of a nightmarish dream-world into reality. Prepare for a unique coming of age tale. Highly recommended.” -HorrorTalk.com
“Stromp forces himself to push these characters as far as they can go. Where the Cats Will Not Follow goes to some dark places and shouldn’t be picked up lightly, but will ensnare readers with remarkable dreamscapes. Highly recommended.” -That’s Not Current
“Stromp’s new novel is in many ways even weirder than its predecessor, and you really must admire an author who repeatedly comes up with such off-the-wall fiction. It’s one of those books that is difficult to compare to anything else. Ayden is an exceptionally fractured, but nevertheless engaging, unreliable narrator.” -Ginger Nuts of Horror