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.
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