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The Burial of the Rats

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  160 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Leaving Paris by the Orleans road, cross the Enceinte, and, turning to the right, you find yourself in a somewhat wild and not at all savoury district. Right and left, before and behind, on every side rise great heaps of dust and waste accumulated by the process of time.
Paris has its night as well as its day life, and the sojourner who enters his hotel in the Rue de Rivoli
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Published November 26th 2010 by New Century Books (first published January 26th 1896)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This one was a little too slow-moving for me. It didn't have much momentum for me. More of a suspense story, it reminded me a little of "The Most Dangerous Game". Stoker apparently wrote this story as a result of his honeymoon in France, and it's evident that the scenery had a creative effect on him. Although it was a hard read, I did appreciate the sinister aspects. The way the narrator soon comes to realize that he's being set up to be murdered by the vagrants he visits was well-done. The hint ...more
Isa Lot
Está muy bien escrito, describe toda esa decadencia que existía en la periferia de París, con los traperos y los exmilitares, montañas de basura, ladrones y asesinos. Al principio quería leerlo muy rápido, pero le doy un tres, porque después de la mitad, se me hacía larguísima la persecución, eterna.
Jessica
Un relato muy corto que se lee en nada pero muy rico en cuanto a sensaciones. La historia es simplemente una secuencia de hechos, unas horas en la vida del personaje principal. Narrada en primera persona, el protagonista nos cuenta que esta de visita en Londres y una tarde para matar el tiempo decide visitar la parte de los basureros y esto obviamente tiene consecuencias no muy agradables.

Lo fuerte de la historia es la persecución a la que se ve sometido el protagonista y que esta narrada de for
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Victoria
It's very evident that this short story was written years and years before Dracula. The premise is promising: a sinister group of very old, creepy, and practically corpse-like soldiers are out to get the handsome, young hero. However, Stoker did not do much to develop upon the plot line. Why are these people out to get the protagonist? Why did their leader, a morbid old woman, tell him stories about herself before "unleashing" her henchmen upon him? Why did she keep looking at a ring he wore? Af ...more
Mazel
Aug 11, 2009 Mazel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastique
Crime et chatoiement...

Entre Margaret et Geoffrey, le torchon brûle. Altercations,menaces, tentative d'assassinat...

Lorsque Geoffrey récidive et enterre la morte dans l'âtre du grand hall à Brent's Rock, il est saisi d'effroi...

Entre les vieilles pierres poussent inlassablement les cheveux d'or de Margaret...

Les sables mouvants ne sont pas moins traîtres.

Enlisé dans une sombre histoire, alors qu'il séjourne en Écosse, Arthur Markam voit son double disparaître dans les marais de Crooken. Fantôme
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Kirstine
Victorian horror stories are the funniest things. They're very good stories, no doubt about it, and thoroughly creepy too. They'll ensnare you and leave you hanging on every word, but they're honestly kind of funny too.
They're just so.. random at times. I mean the way this story ends? It seems a bit rushed and just... odd. But I like it. What can I say, I'm a fan.

This story in particular scored high on the creepy-scale. Ugh. Rats, cannibalism, warm human bones, running for your life. It's defi
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Sam
Apr 27, 2011 Sam rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, horror, shorts
Although this is not one of Stoker's best tales and it is a bit slower to get started than some of his other work, it is worth persevering with as once the tension and anticipation start building they don't let up until the final page. The slow dawning realisation of our narrator's situation builds both within him and within the reader and the sense of dread is palatable until he endeavours to make his escape across the rat infested heaps, swamps and wasteland. A vivid and dramatic story that le ...more
Dione Basseri
An Englishman exploring France runs across an old woman who took a part in the revolution, and hears a story about sewer rats eating bodies to the bone in minutes. The Englishman soon gets firsthand experience when he flees from the woman and her accomplices into the sewers, narrowly escaping, returning with the police to find just bones.

This is...meh. If you're scared of rats, this is going to leave you edging away from every sewer drain, but if you don't have that fear, it's just a lackluster
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Huda
Dec 21, 2013 Huda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well there's a catchy title.

This was a short (horror?) story, so if reading it was a little chore, I normally wouldn't have a very good impression on it. You will be walking through dirty Renaissance-age streets, the ugly side of it I mean. Here are several images that come to mind when I think about the setting of this story:

1. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer's morning market scene.
2. Dario Argento's Phantom of the Opera's rats.

Both really unpleasant flashes of surroundings, so if you feel
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Kevin Gómez
Jul 02, 2014 Kevin Gómez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read a couple other of Stoker's book I started this book expecting to find myself reading about something misterious and paranormal. The beginning of the book is kinda slow and does not gives many clues about where's the story heading to, but as I continued reading, and to my surprise, found out, that my expectations about this had been completely wrong, I could only feel thrilled about it. And from that point and so on, it's a very exciting reading experience.
Viji  (Bookish endeavors)
An average work. The desperation of the narrator to leave the shed and his fear at being watched by so many invisible eyes was beautifully written. The feeling that one is trapped is described in an excellent manner. But when the narrator decided to take an endurance test, I lost mine. The pace was too slow. The overall reading experience was dull.
Jess Cattanach
Aug 15, 2013 Jess Cattanach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
This book has pretty much everything I want to see in a short horror story. That creepy atmosphere is there (who knew Paris was so spooky?), and that slow building of suspense that is worth it in the end. This was particularly refreshing after last reading from Stoker "The Lair of the White Worm" - this book didn't have any racism, which was a relief. A quick little read that is worth your time.
Ellie
Sep 05, 2012 Ellie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-novels
slightly lacking in plot/character I have to say I still really liked this story but just wanted more! Definately ups the scale on the creep-factor compared to Dracula though so I'd recommend reading it with company- and the lights on.
J K
Oct 06, 2012 J K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pure Gothic tension afoot, as a curious gentlemen wanders into the bad part of Paris, and comes up across some rather unpleasant locals...overwrought but highly readable, like all decent Gothic horror!
Sarah
Jan 22, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death laughed him in the face. But then again, he laughed him right back. Enthralling, exciting, pageturning and fascinating are just a few of the many, many promising words that could describe this story.
Josue Olvera
Mis primeras aproximaciones a la literatura de terror.
Paul
Nov 13, 2012 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover shown here is for a 1980s soft core porn... Not cool man! Haha
Annie
Nettes Zwischenspiel, aber sehr langatmig und unspektakulär geschrieben.
Diana
Oct 06, 2010 Diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
It was kind of confusing, I wasn't sure where the story was going and to tell the truth I don't really know where it ended.
Neil
Dec 30, 2013 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quaint but still compelling all these years after it was written.
It's a short, Victorian tale of the seedy side of Paris, and a tourist who leads himself astray.
Jason Reeser
Sep 21, 2013 Jason Reeser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, quick suspense story with wonderful atmosphere and some straightforward action. Has about 10,000 words. The dark side of traveling in Paris in the 19th century.
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He was born Abraham Stoker in 1847 at 15 Marino Crescent – then as now called "The Crescent" – in Fairview, a coastal suburb of Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Abraham Stoker and the feminist Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornely. Stoker was the third of seven children. Abraham and Charlotte were members of the Clontarf Church of Ireland parish and attended the parish church (St. John the Baptist lo ...more
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