Ratman's Notebooks

Ratman's Notebooks


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Ratman's Notebooks by Stephen Gilbert

'Horrific, grisly and truly frightening . . . a masterpiece of terror.' - Washington Star

'One of the more terrifying, deliciously scary thrillers.' - New York Magazine

'This is a beastly business that will make your flesh creep. A magnificently malignant horror story to which you will be unavoidably committed.' - Kirkus Reviews

'You'll wish you never started reading the damn thing in the first place but you'll keep reading till the bitter end . . . it is low-key and deadpan . . . a compelling tour de force.' - Chattanooga Times

'Malevolent Gothic whimsy . . . the rat ride is entertaining.' - The Atlantic

When his nagging mother discovers a rat infestation, the anonymous writer of these notebooks sets out to drown the pests, but finds himself unable to go through with it. Instead, he befriends the rats, learning to train and communicate with them. Before long he has the idea of using the rats for revenge against a world in which he has been a failure. His target is his hateful boss, Mr. Jones, who treats him with supreme disrespect and plans to fire him and replace him with someone less expensive. The narrator records his plans in chilling detail as his campaign for vengeance progresses from vandalism to robbery to the most horrific of murders . . .

The basis for the 1971 film Willard and its 2003 remake, Stephen Gilbert's bestseller Ratman's Notebooks (1968) returns to print in this edition, the first in 40 years. This edition features a new introduction by Kim Newman, who argues that the success of Ratman's Notebooks demonstrated the viability of horror as a mainstream literary genre and paved the way for the horror publishing boom of the 1970s and the early novels of Stephen King and James Herbert.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939140609
Publisher: Valancourt Books
Publication date: 10/31/2013
Pages: 178
Sales rank: 502,357
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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BusRide_Reader More than 1 year ago
I first read Ratman's Notebooks when I was a kid and it scared the heck out of me but I read and reread it until the cover fell off. When Willard was made from the book, I couldn't wait to see it but was sorely disappointed by it's overall lack of depth and entertainment value. Not sure what made me think of it again after all these years but I hunted it down and here it is on a Nook Book at good ole B & N. If you haven't read this book, absolutely buy it. First you will not be able to put it down. Second, you'll never look at mice and rats the same way again!! The characters are amazing, well developed and totally believeable. One of the best books I' ve ever read!