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Dark and Dreadful Forest is
the debut novel of author Cat David Louis.
He insists on an intense writing style that paints a picture in the
reader’s mind as vividly as an artist’s brush strokes upon the
canvass. He credits this approach to an enrichment of life
experiences that has profoundly shaped his world view. Young and
fresh out of college, Louis found himself patrolling the streets of
a major US city in a police car. But two years later, he realized a
long career in blue was not to be. He began work in social casework
while going to school at night for his teaching degree. Louis has
spent most of the past twenty years in the urban public school
system. Never one to stray too far from the inner city, Louis says
his true heroes have been forged there, if only in rising each
morning to face their day-to-day struggles.
Cat David Louis’ writing has been called dark and haunting—
reminiscent of the dramatic, Gothic style of old. For him, it’s a style borne of each
life that has crossed paths with his own—of which he simply states,“They’ve
A member of the Historical Novel Society, Louis says so many readers have told him that
Dark and Dreadful Forest begs for a sequel—or even a series. Who knows?