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Ratman's Notebooks review ↠ 3 ì Ratman's Notebooks is a 1968 horror novel by Stephen Gilbert Written as a series of diary entries it tells the story of a reclusive man who discovers he can train rats to do his bidding Initially he uses this for some innocent yet creepy funThen he graduates to using them for thievery and finally murderS this for some innocent yet creepy funThen he graduates to using them for thievery and finally murde. This review first appeared on wwwthisishorrorcoukIn his introduction to this welcome new edition of Stephen Gilbert’s Ratman’s Notebooks Kim Newman makes the bold claim that it is this book that effectively launched a new era in horror fiction effectively kick starting the careers of both Stephen King and James Herbert Had the book sat uietly on a handful of bookcases – as it was perhaps destined to do – such an idea would appear ridiculous But a few years after publication a film adaptation appeared and the book was reissued to capitalise on that film’s unexpected success It was in this form as a mass market paperback and with a brand new title that Kim Newman refers The book like the film was now called Willard This success was to usher in countless other rampaging animals in print and on celluloid throughout the rest of that decade and beyondThe story starts with our unnamed narrator sent to get rid of a family of rats by his ailing yet still domineering mother in the garden of the house where they both live Although he carefully makes arrangements to drown them he cannot go through with it Unknown to his mother who thinks the rats all dead he starts to develop a relationship with the rats and sets about training them to perform simple tasks in reward for food It gradually dawns on him that he might use the rats to get revenge on his bullying boss who runs the company once owned by his late father What starts as an act of petty vandalism soon escalates to larceny and much worseThe book is presented as a series of entries in a journal hence its title Herein the narrator details his increasingly misanthropic views on humanity at large and his relationship with the increasingly large horde of rats He concentrates on two rats in particular; the highly intelligent leader he names Socrates and rather devious Ben Suleiman The first rat he at first thinks of as the offspring of Socrates himself but it soon becomes clear that there is much going on behind those beady little eyes than even Socrates is capable ofAll but the most severe musophobics will find little to chill the blood within its early pages The story builds nicely as our much put upon protagonist recruits an army of rats to get revenge on his hated employer To begin with the narrator believes that he has been deified by the rats and the novel at times feels like some sort of inversion of Saki’s masterful short story Sredni Vashtar Though here it is the human as the vengeful and merciless god not some furry mammal It is only towards the end that things get very nasty indeedAfter what might have been seen at the time as a major and long awaited breakthrough for its author Gilbert did not write another book Based on the talent on display in Ratman’s Notebooks this is a very great shame indeed Valancourt should be congratulated for once bringing work such as this back into printRatman’s Notebooks is hard to class as a horror novel in its own right and might not be the most obvious of places to start if you were to map the rise of horror fiction from the start of the seventies It’s impossible to say whether a world without Ratman might have had any detrimental effect on the success of the likes of Stephen King But even if what Kim Newman argues remains conjecture we still have Ratman to thank for Michael Jackson’s hit song BenNow that is a horrific thought

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Ratman's Notebooks is a 1968 horror novel by Stephen Gilbert Written as a series of diary entries it. So they made a movie or three out of this source material and wouldn't you know it none of them were as good as the book I read this over forty years ago before it became Willard and was impressed with it than and it has lingered the only book that makes you cry when a rat dies

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Ratman's NotebooksTells the story of a reclusive man who discovers he can train rats to do his bidding Initially he use. This is absolutely one of the creepiest books I've ever read Simple well written and terrifying Willard is one of the better psychological thriller stories out there but it doesn't seem to get much attention You might know it as Ratman's Notebooks Same book The book is way scarier than the movie Pretty good read