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The Rats in the Walls

Once my foot slipped near a horribly yawning brink, and I had a moment of ecstatic fear. A few of the tales were exceedingly picturesque, and made me wish I had learnt more of the comparative mythology in my youth.

That night, dispensing as usual with a valet, I retired in the west tower chamber which I had chosen as my own, reached from the study by a stone staircase and short gallery—the former partly ancient, the latter entirely restored.

Norrys waked me when the phenomena began. Now they have blown up Exham Priory, taken my Nigger-Man away from me, and shut me into this barred room at Hanwell with fearful whispers eats my heredity and experiences.

No, no, I tell you, I am not that daemon swineherd in the twilit grotto!

It was the antechamber of hell, and poor Thornton fainted again when Trask told him that lovecdaft of the skeleton things must have descended as quadrupeds through the last twenty or more generations.

Lovecraft, Selected Letters Vol. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. So, lets start from the beginning The son was only amused by them. Walter de la Poer must have known for years the sinister tales about thw family, so that this material could have given him no fresh impulse. I had now obtained some very circumstantial accounts of the final tragedy and flight of Walter de la Poer, which I conceived to be the probable contents of the hereditary paper lost in the fire at Carfax.

“The Rats in the Walls” by H. P. Lovecraft

In a moment the cat had jumped bodily on the screening tapestry, bringing the affected section to the floor with his weight, and exposing a damp, ancient wall of stone; patched here and there by the restorers, and devoid of any trace of rodent prowlers. Ib 27, Kat rated it really liked it Shelves: It housed some monks.


Preserved in balladry, too, though not illustrating the same point, is the hideous tale of Lady Mary de la Poer, who shortly after her marriage to the Earl of Shrewsfield was killed by him and his mother, both of the slayers being absolved and blessed by the priest to whom they confessed what they dared not repeat to the world.

Then there came a sound from that inky, boundless, farther distance that I thought I knew; and I saw my old black cat dart past me like a winged Egyptian god, straight into the illimitable gulf of the unknown.

Lovecraft’s major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: After he starts living in Exham Priory, he starts hearing strange noises in the walls and having disturbing dreams. All was now ready, and at 11 A.

In a moment the cat had jumped bodily on the screening tapestry, bringing the affected section to the floor with his weight, and exposing a damp, ancient waalls of stone; patched here and there by the restorers, and devoid of any trace of rodent prowlers. May 26, Lou rated it it was amazing Shelves: By morning we had compromised, and decided to go to London to gather a group of archaeologists and scientific men fit to cope with rsts mystery.

The Library of America. Sir William found a vault with far older cells below the Roman chapel, but these cells were empty. And when I turned to call their attention to the sounds in the panels, I realized that the noise had ceased. But there was plenty to engross us close at hand, for we had not gone far before the searchlights showed that accursed infinity of pits in which the rats had feasted, and whose sudden lack of replenishment had driven the ravenous rodent thhe first to turn on wwalls living herds of starving things, and then yhe burst forth from the priory in that historic orgy of devastation which the peasants will never forget.


Doesn’t mean he had to use one though. Norrys, and he assured me that it would be quite incredible for field mice to infest the priory in such a sudden and unprecedented fashion. On July 22 occurred the first incident which, though lightly dismissed at the time, takes on a preternatural significance in relation to later events.

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 tthe boundless depth of midnight cavern where no ray of light from the cliff could penetrate.

I didn’t like that he called one of his moggies Nigger-Man, but maybe racist names were accepted back then.

It is notable in that Lovecraft uses the technique of referring to a text in this case real life works by Petronius and Catullus without giving a full explanation of its contents, so as to give the impression of depth and hidden layers to his work. Above the hellishly littered steps arched a descending passage seemingly chiselled from the solid rock, and conducting a current of air.

When Dr Trask, the anthropologist, stopped to classify the skulls, he found a degraded mixture which utterly baffled him. He was looking intensely at a point on the wall somewhat west of the window, a point which to my eye had nothing to mark it, but toward which all my attention was now directed. There now lay revealed such a horror as would have overwhelmed us had we not been prepared.

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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. Some Notes on a Nonentity. Through all this horror my cat stalked unperturbed.