H.P.LOVECRAFT RATS IN THE WALLS PDF

Set in , [2] "The Rats in the Walls" is narrated by the scion of the de la Poer family, who has moved from Massachusetts to his ancestral estate in England, the ruined Exham Priory. To the dismay of nearby residents, he restores the Priory, plainly revealing his ignorance of the horrific history of the place. After moving in, the protagonist and his cats frequently hear rats scurrying behind the walls. Upon investigating further and as revealed in recurring dreams , he learns that his family maintained an underground city for centuries where they raised generations of "human cattle" some regressed to a quadrupedal state to supply their taste for human flesh. Maddened by the revelations of his family's past and driven by a hereditary cruelty, the narrator attacks one of his friends in the dark of the cavernous city and begins eating him. He is subsequently subdued and placed in a mental institution.

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On several occasions, the protagonist and his cats hear the sounds of rats scurrying behind the walls. Upon investigating further, he finds that his family maintained an underground city for centuries and that the inhabitants of the city fed on human flesh, even going so far as to raise generations of human cattle, who eventually began to de-evolve due to their sub-human living conditions.

Get A Copy. Paperback , 25 pages. Published by Pocket first published March More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Rats in the Walls , please sign up. I see here 95 pages. I have it in a 20 sth page edition translated into Dutch. Even with the diffrences in size and lettertype 75 pages is a lot of difference. Somebody encountered the same?

See 1 question about The Rats in the Walls…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Rats in the Walls. Jan 08, Lyn rated it really liked it. Stoker: OK and add plus 3 for your vorpal blade and you do [rolling dice] 18 hit points of damage, the orc is dead. Poe: Filthy beasts, reminds me of one of my instructors at West Point.

Howard: So, HP, when you wrote Rats in the Walls, were you trying to make a case for ancient evil being the foundation of our society H.

Howard: So, HP, when you wrote Rats in the Walls, were you trying to make a case for ancient evil being the foundation of our society, using the Delapore House as a literal symbol of this illustration or was it just a useful setting for a connection with long buried pagan rites. Lovecraft: Well, a little of both. Certainly the surface meaning is the literal — and England was the perfect place, in that you have layers of past civilizations building on top of the other — so we had a medieval manor atop a Roman building, which was built on an earlier Celtic site and of course I implied that there was an even earlier site.

The symbolism was not as obvious, but still works. Stoker: 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. Poe: HP, what about the insanity, was this a result of the place or was it specifically directed at the narrator as a member of the Delapore family?

Lovecraft: 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. Howard: And the rats! What a great symbol of evil and ancient depravity. Lovecraft: Yes, thanks to Ed and Bram for that lesson, these creatures of the night strike a chord in each of us.

I think this is one of my best stories. Stoker: Thank you boyo, looks like your 12th level cleric is about to level up. View all 12 comments. Shelves: weird-fiction , short-stories , 20th-c-amer , weird-pulps. I first encountered it in , during my proto-Gothic phase, when I was fourteen; I read it at 2 AM, at the dining room table, by the light of two five-branch candelabra. And it scared the hell right out of me. This story—the account of an American named named Delapore who makes the unwise decision to move to England and rebuild the ancient family mansion, Exham Priory—is an honest-to-god real corker.

Read it now. Why wait? One last note. View all 9 comments. Mar 26, Leonard Gaya rated it really liked it. This short story, one of the first dark jewels of Lovecraft's corpus , is a horror genre elaboration on the famous Pied Piper of Hamelin medieval legend.

It has the mouldy smell of twilight, of gothic nightmare and rotten ruins, distinctive of its author. The narrator of The Rats in the Walls , as usual with Lovecraft, tells his experience in the first person. There is a thinly veiled reference to the trench warfare of World War I which, like the Pied Piper, takes children away. But one particular feature of this story is its constant intertextuality, especially in the literature of depravity and decay: hints to Petronius , to Catullus , to the Marquis de Sade , to E.

Hoffmann , to Huysmans. The atrocious cesspits behind the recesses in the walls and underneath the house are like an unfathomable secret library, and its broken skulls are like open books that can make the reader stammer and drive him mad. View 2 comments. Lovecraft is a very precise writer.

Even though his stories are relatively short, they are often quite slow and drawn out. He slowly, very slowly, peels back the layers: he is the master of suspense.

Unlike Poe or Stoker, he chooses his moment most carefully. And for me, that makes his story telling so superb. He is the kind of writer you read on a cold and dark wintering night wit Lovecraft is a very precise writer. He is the kind of writer you read on a cold and dark wintering night with your house illuminated only by candle light.

The atmosphere is eerily fantastic and his stories are really quite haunting. This one, as the name suggests, is about rats. Like all good pieces of horror fiction, the physical torment is the lesser half of the canvas. Where true horror comes from is mental anguish such as pain, desperation and stress caused by a lack of understanding about the events.

And here Lovecraft delivers that masterfully as they try to find these rats that don't really exist. So this is a very good piece of horror writing from the master himself. View all 3 comments. Jun 25, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: horror. A member of the Delapore family buys Exham Priory in England to live there. After some refurbishments the walls seem to be rat infested but the traps often are empty. What is the secret behind the rats?

On whicht grounds is Exham priory built on? Lovecraft leads you into a phenomenal tale of horror full of archeological excavation and a superb twist at the end. What is going on in the twilit grotto and what about hereditary demons and sinister family tales? Here every fan of good horror will fin A member of the Delapore family buys Exham Priory in England to live there.

Here every fan of good horror will find the things that go bump in the night Absolutely recommended! Nov 04, Alejandro rated it really liked it Shelves: short-story , horror , paranormal. As creepy as it can be!

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The Rats in the Walls is a short story by H. Lovecraft which was first published in Weird Tales in March The story begins in July Over the years there have been many horrific stories attributed to the castle:.

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