A special fortieth anniversary edition of The Rats, the classic, bestselling novel that launched James Herbert's career.
With a foreword by Neil Gaiman.
It was only when the bones of the first devoured victims were discovered that the true nature and power of these swarming black creatures with their razor sharp teeth and the taste for human blood began to be realized by a panic-stricken city. For millions of years man and rats had been natural enemies. But now for the first time – suddenly, shockingly, horribly – the balance of power had shifted . . .
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Can't put it down
A great easy to read book with interesting plots and gruesome endings. First read this book when I was 14 years old and still as readable and enjoyable today 30+ years on. Highly recommended
I definitely think if I read this in the 70s when it was written I probably would have found it more frightening therefore better but I didn't get the chills or spooked when I was reading it. I also think it's too hyped this book! I was expecting it to be amazing but thought it was only alright! Having said all that I did enjoy it, it just wasn't amazing.
I'm also really disappointed because I really wanted to know why the rats didn't eat some people and that never got explained!
If you like horror stories, then this is a book for you. A vivid imagination is not a necessity when you know all it would take is the "mad scientist", the right (or wrong) experiment and a private environment to make this horror story a regrettable reality. Part two ( Lair ) and part three(Domain) carry this truly horrific tale even further. I could not put the book down once i'd started to read it. Absolutely fantastic !