Fifth Squashed Cat, The

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The Fifth Squashed Cat is roadside fantasy set in modern day. The protagonist is Sheila who is driving to New Mexico with her co-worker Cheryl. On their way they meet a hitchhiker called Dougie who teaches them something magical about dead cats.




  • A Dutch translation (title?) published in 2012 in De verhalen.
  • A French translation Le Cinquième Chat écrasé in L’Héritage et autres nouvelles first published in 2012, reprinted in 2013.

International covers


This story is included in The Inheritance anthology.

Robin Hobb stories: The Inheritance | Homecoming | Cat's Meat

Megan Lindholm stories: A Touch of Lavender | Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man | Cut | The Fifth Squashed Cat | Strays | Finis | Drum Machine