The World of Animus

The many, merry adventures of Baron von Meowhausen, Time-Traveller and Culinary Explorer extraordinaire

Like Baron von Munchausen, Meowhausen the cat lives in fantasy. He meets talking animals & has many Puss in Boots like adventures on the fantasy world of Animus.

Yeeeesssss! The new Tales of Animus is finally out!

Friends,

With great pride we present to you the latest instalment in Tales of Animus — WINNING AT LIFE — one of the books featuring many heroes inspired by the competition winners and more!

A collection of witty and insightful adventures featuring Animus' greatest heroes and sheroes.

Available in electronic format from all the great e-book retailers, soon it will also be available in printed format!

Here are the short descriptions of each story:

LIFE OF A HEALER
Thoreen is a travelling physician with a longing to leave the dusty road behind. Alas! She is forced to speed up rather than slow down, as she rushes to rescue her sister from the clutches of a sinister, unsavoury and unhygienic menace. How will she fare on her toxic adventure?

CLEO’S CASE
Cleoreece Nightingale, a zealous, young inspector with the FBI (Feline Bureau of Inquisitiveness), is assigned her first independent case. Cleo struggles with her inner demons and doubts, as she is forced to curb her impatience and ambition. To resolve the case, she must first contend with the will and whims of an enigmatic ‘guest’, who knows far more than he is willing to reveal. Taming her impetuous nature proves to be quite a challenge, but this witness is her only hope of solving the case in time to undermine a ruthless witchdoctor’s insidious design. Does Cleo rise to the occasion or fold like a failed soufflé?

THE GRUMPY PUPPY
Give a dog a bad name and he’ll live up to it… right? Our protagonist was born in a small, canine settlement in the Wolfdom Bow-Wowria. Dissatisfied with mundane life, his curiosity fuelled his search for answers, despite the fact that his studies caused lesser minds to treat him with confusion and derision, labelling him anti-social. The more those around him tried in vain to affect his behaviour and change him, the more he resisted, shied away and clammed up.

Then one day, in the least likely of places, he meets a like-minded girl, the girl of his dreams, who gives his youthful life purpose and focus.

THE MILKOSLAVIAN MAULER
A brazen brigand rampages through the Milkoslavian Mangrove Forest, wantonly terrorising the inhabitants and preying on vulnerable travellers. Intoxicated by inflated pride and unabashed hubris he eventually picks on a nut that’s too tough to crack and finds himself outmatched. Oh, how he wishes that he’d let sleeping dogs lie, as he gets served his just desserts!

JINX—A HERO’S MEASURE
Jinx trained hard—both mind and body to be as fit and clever, as he possibly could. Since he won every contest he took part in, which meant that others ended up losing, rumours began to circulate that his very presence brought bad luck to others. Predictably, this kindled superstition about his jet-black fur. Folks began to shun him and even campaigned to get him to leave the neighbourhood, by tossing bricks through his windows.

Two paths lay before Jinx. He could go down the path of hatred and reciprocate in kind—lash out, oppressing those around him. He could quell their envy of him by evoking the ‘survival of the fittest’ mantra, filling them with terror—like a true tyrant would…

Instead, he does not hesitate to put his life on the line to help the same townspeople who had dedicated their existences to sending him into exile. Bystanders are awestricken by his prowess, as he rescues innocent cubs from an inferno. Finally, his skills receive public acclaim and the townspeople think better of him. Instead of gloating or revelling in his newly-found fame, Jinx puts it to good use, making his town and, ultimately, all of Poozestan safer.

WINNING AT LIFE
After her pilgrimage, spreading glad tidings of the Great Light to the unholy swamps of Paddestan (see TALES OF ANIMUS Book 2: The Light of Love), Angel settles down and starts a family with Psymon, the love of her life. Alas! She is still troubled by nightmares from her kittenhood. Will Psymon be able to contend with the fears that haunt his beloved and soothe her anxiety?

THE UNIVERSE
In the dizzying heights of Bow-Wowria, a shaman’s son learns the secret of leading his pack and living in harmony with nature.

DIEGO’S WRATH
A mighty warrior finally meets his match—himself—as he is engulfed by an inner conflict, forced to confront his own pride and rage. Will he quell and master his destructive nature before it masters and consumes him?

AN EPIC EPIPHANY
When a selfish prince is overthrown, his business genius awakens, fuelled by his bitterness and thirst for vengeance. He rebuilds his fortune, shuts everyone out and seeks solace in material things. Alas! His bitterness does not dissipate, rather it threatens to destroy him from within. He seeks counselling, but his relief is, ultimately, born of a mundane occurrence and reverberates all around Poozestan through his change of heart.

Free Meowhausen & Friends Calendar 2015!

Dear Animus Friends,

To celebrate the new year 2015, we have created a small gift for you: a FREE calendar with lots of original stories and drawings, a challenge and even special celebrations!

Have a look, share it with your friends, give us feedback! Happy New Year —from Meowhausen & Friends :3

www.slideshare.net/Meowhausen/animus-calendar-2015

Animus Character Casting Competition Winter 2014 successfully ended!

Once again we organised a Character Casting Competition and one lucky winner would get a personalised story in one of our upcoming books!

CONGRATULATIONS to our glorious winners!


PRIZES:
1st place: NOMO (Jube Jube) (Courtney Ross) (196 votes) - Main character in a short story, published around Christmas 2015 AND a drawing of the winning pet (published here and sent via email)
2nd place: NEWALI (Julia Hayes) (194 votes) - Secondary character in short story, published around Christmas 2015 AND a signed copy of THE FAT ADVENTURES OF MEOWHAUSEN
3rd place: CLEO (Sylvie Bergeron) (183 votes) - A signed copy of THE FAT ADVENTURES OF MEOWHAUSEN

SPIRIT AWARDS:
As per our custom, we also selected a couple of winners from those who did not make the finals, as well. And since the competition was so extremely popular and all contestants worked so hard to get their pets noticed, we decided, this once, to take not just the top three finalists to Animus, but the top FOUR!
Surprise Award: THOREEN (Doreen Kimba)
Writer's Choice Award: SIMBA (Jane Hammond)
Illustrator's Choice Award: ABBY ROAD (Sandy Wuerch)

Our next competition will be held in spring 2015—so keep your eyes open!

You can see the Competition posts here:

First Round - Qualification and Top 7 on Likes

Final Round - Voting and Top 3 on Comments

The Winners

The Competition is over

Competition April

We have had many responses to our Competition to participate in the upcoming book. The winners have been revealed and they are: Fabio the cat (Mayflower Ragdolls), Raven the dog (Mercedes Osolin) and Angel the cat (Lisa Coleman), who all will be featured in stories for the months of May, June and July.

A special Writer's Choice Award was given to Miri the cat (Amy Lee), whose alter ego will co-star in Raven's story.

Our next competition will be held after summer this year—so keep your eyes open!

You can see the Competition posts here:

First Round - Qualification and Top 5 on Likes

Final Round - Voting and Top 3 on Comments

The Winners