If you’re a fan of Renovation Rescue or Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and think you’ve seen some good horror stories, you might consider turning brief attention to the story of H.P. Lovecraft, and I don’t actually mean his tragic life story in which he only achieved fame after an early, lonely death; I’m talking about the one in which a guy decides to restore his ancestral home after the death of his only son only to find he is hated by the locals… For creepy reasons which are none of his own fault. Then things get far, far worse.
Kingsley Amis said that this story achieves ‘a memorable nastiness’. Other short stories that have had this same effect on me: Singing My Sister Down by Margo Lanagan and The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.
A lot has already been said about The Rats In The Walls, not least in the Wikipedia entry.
The Rats In The Walls is a great example of a story which has been woven out of an Urban Legend: The Piltdown Man. Continue reading “The Rats In The Walls by H.P. Lovecraft”