Does this picture make you nervous? Do this canine’s markings seem just a bit too close to a skull for comfort? I thought I’d share this scary gem a few days before Halloween just to get into the spooky spirit of the times. Spookier still are some facts about this animal. It is a genetically modified dog, possessing some of the genes for human intelligence. It is pregnant, having bred with a coyote last time it came into heat. It is out to take over the world.
That’s so much like my short story “A Dangerous Breed” that I can hardly believe it.
Oh, wait. It is my short story “A Dangerous Breed.” Click the picture for a close-up look, if you dare. You see, I’ve been creating a cover for the story, which will be released any day now in all ebook formats, hopefully in time for Halloween but if not then shortly after while the season is still witching. I hope you’ll check it out when it’s available. It’s about the scariest story I have ever written, my “Hound of the Baskervilles,” and if I may be so bold, a hair scarier than that venerable work by the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. My heroes Peyton McKean and Fin Morton spend so much time trying not to get eaten, it’s a wonder there’s any time for detection in this tale at all.
I made the image by rearranging the coloration of a Border collie’s face to match the “Death’s Head Bitch” in the story. Get ready to be scared.