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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The loecraft to Atys made me shiver, for I had read Catullus and knew something of the hideous rites of the Eastern god, whose worship was so mixed with that of Cybele. My fear of the unknown was at this point very great. There are other stories too, like graveyard stenches and wails and howlings.

I told the man that there must be a singular odour or emanation from the old stonework, imperceptible to human senses, but affecting the lovecraftt organs of cats even through the new woodwork. 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. I wonder yp any man among us lived and kept his sanity through that hideous day of discovery.

The Rats In The Walls by H.P. Lovecraft

While Bram Stoker portrays the anxiety tbe a man towards external fears, reflected by the xenophobia, diseases and the emergence of the middle-class and the Finally, a piece of Lovecraft’s writing interests me.

The rats continued their riot, stampeding with such force and distinctness that I could finally assign to their motions a definite direction. For five days our routine proceeded with the utmost placidity, my time being spent mostly in the codification of old family data.

Filthy beasts, reminds me of one of my instructors at West Point.

The Rats In The Walls by H.P. Lovecraft – Slap Happy Larry

Now they have blown up Exham Priory, taken my Oovecraft away from me, and shut me into this barred room at Hanwell with fearful whispers about my heredity and experience. I ln again the twilit grotto, and the swineherd with his unmentionable fungous beasts wallowing in filth, and as I looked at these things they seemed nearer and more distinct — so distinct that I could almost observe their features. I loved being a virgin on this one Walter de la Poer must have known for years the sinister tales about his family, so that this material could have given him no fresh impulse.


The cat has the heebie jeebies in this house. Their persistence, and their application to so long a line of my ancestors, were especially annoying; whilst the imputations of monstrous habits proved unpleasantly reminiscent of the one known scandal of my immediate forebears rzts the case of wzlls cousin, young Randolph Delapore of Carfax who went among the negroes and became a voodoo priest after he returned from the Mexican War. I have it in a 20 sth page edition translated into Dutch.

Having grasped to some slight degree the frightful revelations of this twilit area — an area so hideously foreshadowed by my recurrent dream — we turned to that apparently boundless depth of midnight dalls where no ray of light from the cliff could penetrate.

Jul 16, Paul rated it it was ok.

The Rats in the Walls

Nigger—Man was with us, for the investigators found no occasion to despise his excitability, and were indeed anxious that he be present in case of obscure rodent manifestations. It was only this rts that the flame of the lantern set down near the altar was slightly but certainly flickering from a draught of air which it had not before received, and which came indubitably from the crevice between floor qalls altar where Norrys was scraping away the lichens.

It should be mentioned that before leaving the sub-cellar we had vainly tried to move the central altar which we now recognized as the gate to a new pit of nameless fear. Something astounding had occurred, and I saw that Capt. Published by Pocket first published Maddened by the revelations of his family’s past, a hereditary cruelty and his anger over his son’s death, Delapore attacks one of his friends in the dark of the cavernous wals and begins eating him while rambling in a mixture of Middle EnglishLatinand Gaelicbefore devolving into a cacophony of animalistic grunts.

From this terrific vision I was abruptly awaked by the tye of Nigger-Man, who had been sleeping as usual across my feet. Sir William found a vault with far older cells below the Roman chapel, but these cells were empty. On July 16,I moved into Exham Priory after the lovecdaft workman had finished his labours. Although the narrator knows the entire story before he begins the telling of it, he drip feeds us salacious details to keep us reading on.

Upon investigating further, and through recurring dreams, Delapore learns that his family maintained an underground city for centuries, where they lovecratf generations of “human cattle”—some regressed to a quadrupedal state—to supply their taste for human flesh.


It is your responsibility to check the applicable copyright laws in your country before downloading this work. What discovery had prompted an act so terrible, I could scarcely even conjecture. In other projects Wikisource.

A descendant of the Delapore family embarks upon rebuilding the decrepit family estate, Exham Priory, in England. Easier said than done, though, as a writer, because at some point the decision has to thf made: I think it did, very slightly. This current was not a sudden and noxious rush as from a closed vault, but a cool breeze with something of freshness in it. We shall never know what sightless Stygian worlds yawn beyond the little distance rsts went, for it was decided tthe such secrets are not good for mankind.

The purpose of the herds I did not have to ask. Oct 23, Gary rated it it was amazing. It should be mentioned that before leaving the sub-cellar we had vainly tried to move the central altar which we now recognised as the gate to a new pit of nameless fear.

This motion disappeared almost at once, and the sound with it. Satisfying myself that no one had heard the rats save the felines and me, I sat in my study till morning, thinking profoundly and recalling every scrap of legend I had unearthed concerning the building I inhabited. Shall a Norrys hold the lands of a de la Poer? The place had not been inhabited since the reign of James the First, when a tragedy of intensely hideous, though largely unexplained, nature had struck down the master, five of his children, and several servants; and driven forth under a cloud of suspicion and terror the third son, my lineal progenitor and the only survivor of the abhorred line.

No, no, I tell you, I am not that daemon swineherd in the twilit grotto! It’s one of my favorite stories, truly a creepfest. And this week workmen have blown up Exham Priory, and are busy obliterating the traces of its foundations. One of the greatest plot twists I’ve read. This current was rrats a sudden and noxious rush te from a closed vault, but a cool breeze with something of freshness in it.

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