H.P. Lovecraft Reread Today we’re looking at “The Rats in the Walls,” written in August-September , and first published in the March. The Rats in the Walls has ratings and reviews. Lyn said: H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker and Robert E. Howard sit in the afterworl. If you’re a fan of Renovation Rescue or Extreme Makeover and think you’ve seen some horror stories, you might consider The Rats In The.

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Want to Read saving…. Lovecraft’s lurid prose and slow reveal of the Ancient and Inescapable Horror the opening reminded me very much of du Maurie I’m a weenie when it comes to scary stories, reliably hearing ominous creaks and other peculiar noises in my quiet house while reading about horrors stalking the unwary, but, not having inherited an ancestral mansion with a shadowed past and if I did I sure’s heck wouldn’t lovscraft the ratx The narrator is disturbed overnight but no one else has been, each in their own guest rooms.

He did not find anything, and was about to abandon his effort when I noticed a trivial circumstance which made me shudder, even though it implied nothing more than I had already imagined. I wonder that lovexraft man among us lived and kept his sanity through that hideous day of discovery.

Reaching the bottom, I switched on the light, which did not this time cause the noise to subside. They find a vault. It was a butcher shop and kitchen — he had expected that — but it was too much to see familiar English implements in such a place, and to read familiar English graffiti there, some as recent as The rats are after them.

Really more about him, not just as the scion of the family but also him as the narrator, I wanted the reader to watch the progression of the madness. Edward Norrys of the Royal Flying Corps, dwelt near the family seat at Anchester and related some peasant lovecrafg which few novelists could equal for wildness and incredibility.

The Rats In The Walls by H.P. Lovecraft

I knew now why my ancestors had had such excessive gardens—would to heaven I could forget! We noted the Roman inscriptions and unknown altar designs only briefly, for three of the savants had already seen them, and all knew their characteristics. Dec 10, Brady rated it it was amazing Shelves: On one hand, the bp horror is rather wonderfully creepy, and the hero of the tale view spoiler [is a cat, albeit with fhe jaw-dropping name of Nigger-Man hide spoiler ].


One of his ancestors Walter de la Poer, the eleventh baron Exham, fled to America after he killed members of his family. Jung, “Man lovecrft his symbols”, pp. My household consisted of seven servants and nine cats, of which latter species I am particularly fond. This sentiment was so great that it was sometimes communicated to the outside labourers, causing numerous desertions; whilst its scope appeared to include both the priory and its ancient family.

I must be very deliberate now, ths choose my words. I’ve never read Lovecraft before and it was nice to explore his creations. Some of them were full, and none can say how deep they had once been.

As it was, the fascination became two-fold; and we paused in doubt whether to abandon our search and quit the priory forever in superstitious caution, or to gratify our sense of adventure and brave whatever horrors might await us in the unknown depths. Layers of civilization is an element that I liked too, the idea of the land having a power unto itself and then later generations or later societies placing their touch on that same spot, but the earlier magic still creeping through — just a great vehicle for a story.

Temperament rather than ancestry was evidently the basis of this cult, for it was entered by several who married into the family. Return to Book Page. An acute terror now rose within me, for here were anomalies which nothing normal could well explain. So, lets start from the beginning I asked them if they had heard the rats, but they replied in the negative.

And when I turned to call their attention to the sounds in the panels, I realised that the noise had ceased. They must know it was the rats; the slithering scurrying rats whose scampering will never let me sleep; the daemon rats that race behind the padding in this room and beckon me down to greater horrors than I have ever known; the rats they can never hear; the rats, the rats in the walls.


The Rats in the Walls by H.P. Lovecraft

Whether the arras actually moved I cannot say. These rats, if not the creatures of a madness which I shared with the cats alone, must be burrowing and sliding in Roman walls I had thought to be solid limestone blocks. Although the narrator knows the entire story hte he begins the telling of it, he drip feeds us salacious details to keep us reading on. In the late morning the seven men take powerful electric searchlights and excavation tools down to the sub-cellar and bolt the door behind them.

I think it did, very slightly.

The following day a servant complained of restlessness among all the cats in the house. Later I resolved to explore the crypt below, but for the present I merely made rast round of the traps.

There seemed to be an inner cult in the family, rahs over by the head of the ho, and sometimes closed except to a few members. We could for the moment do nothing but watch the old black cat as he pawed with decreasing fervour at the base of the altar, occasionally looking up and mewing to me in that persuasive manner which he used when he wished me to perform some favour for him. In[2] an American named On, the last descendant of the De la Poer family, moves to his ancestral estate in England following the death of his only son during World War I.

A servant reports that all of the cats have got the spooks. I remember Poe, most certainly, but Lovecraft doesn’t stand out.