The Rats Part One

The Rats Part One: Whitechapel to Stepney The Curiously Specific Book Club

Fancy a trip into the dark heart of London’s East End? A place of racist killings, crumbling housing, and striking schoolchildren? We’ve got an unexpected guide for you: James Herbert’s 1974 splatterpunk debut, The Rats. Don’t worry – we won’t be reading the really gory parts. But we will be using the book to navigate the 1970s East End – and it turns out that Herbert’s book has as much social history as horror excess. Even if Herbert was not always aware of it. If you want to hear our episodes without ads, as soon as they’re available, subscribe to our Patreon page. Get early access to new episodes and bonus content Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

Fancy a trip into the dark heart of London’s East End? A place of racist killings, crumbling housing, and striking schoolchildren? We’ve got an unexpected guide for you: James Herbert’s 1974 splatterpunk debut, The Rats. Don’t worry – we won’t be reading the really gory parts. But we will be using the book to navigate the 1970s East End – and it turns out that Herbert’s book has as much social history as horror excess. Even if Herbert was not always aware of it.

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