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on: June 23, 2018, 03:02:27 AM
PseudoPod 600: The Graveyard Rats

by Henry Kuttner
Narrated by Robert C. Eccles
Hosted by Alasdair Stuart

“The Graveyard Rats” was first published in Weird Tales, March 1936.

Old Masson, the caretaker of one of Salem’s oldest and most neglected cemeteries, had a feud with the rats. Generations ago they had come up from the wharves and settled in the graveyard, a colony of abnormally large rats, and when Masson had taken charge after the inexplicable disappearance of the former caretaker, he decided that they must go. At first he set traps for them and put poisoned food by their burrows, and later he tried to shoot them, but it did no good. The rats stayed, multiplying and overrunning the graveyard with their ravenous hordes.

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« Last Edit: June 23, 2018, 03:11:12 AM by Bdoomed »

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Reply #1 on: June 24, 2018, 02:55:05 AM
We are currently aware of an audio glitch at the end of the story and are working to fix it.


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Reply #2 on: June 24, 2018, 10:38:28 PM
Shiver... this is why I love horror: because I can be with the protagonist in his claustrophobic nightmare, but also be safe at home. I can totally see this being retold as a modern-day creepypasta on the NoSleep reddit!

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Reply #3 on: June 28, 2018, 02:12:20 AM
I like a lot of the old and old-fashioned horror stories, but this one didn't do anything for me. It didn't feel like there was anything there beyond the unsavory surface. Oh well, there's always next week!

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Reply #4 on: June 29, 2018, 12:54:03 AM
Yep, this episode ticked all the buttons that I liked. It even had a happy ending... for the rats.

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Reply #5 on: August 02, 2018, 02:36:44 AM
The perfect accompaniment for this episode. Wish I had thought of this sooner.

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Reply #6 on: August 02, 2018, 02:54:12 AM


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Reply #7 on: November 05, 2019, 02:11:14 PM
A classic Weird Tales story. I first read this one in an old collection called 65 Great Spine Chillers.

Would the story be better if the grave digger hadn't also been a grave robber? More horrifying, but maybe less satisfying.
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