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The Graveyard Rats (short story)

  • Type: Short Story
  • Length: 10 pages

The Graveyard Rats is a 1936 short story by American author Henry Kuttner. - AsNotedIn

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.
Henry Kuttner, The Graveyard Rats

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Y/M/D Association Description Place Locale Food Event
1936/03/00 Henry Kuttner Author "The Graveyard Rats" by Henry Kuttner infest Weird Tales magazine.
1936/03/00 Weird Tales (magazine) Publisher "The Graveyard Rats" by Henry Kuttner infest Weird Tales magazine.

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Particulars for The Graveyard Rats (short story):
Historic Use Cemetery a burial ground, a graveyard
Narrative Arts Fiction prose literature, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people
Narrative Arts Narrative an account of connected events
Narrative Arts Prose ordinary written language
Animal Rat a rodent that resembles a large mouse, typically having a pointed snout and a long, sparsely haired tail
Art Type Short Story short form narrative fiction

Original Language: English

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