"Rats" by M.R. James


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A lone traveller staying near the coast in a Suffolk inn becomes curious about the other rooms there...leading him to make a ghastly discovery! This reading of "Rats" by M.R. James is part of the EnCrypted Classic Horror series read by Jasper L'Estrange and featuring evocative music and sound effects.

While I work on some longer stories (involving, as you might anticipate, longer production times) I thought it prudent to put out a sort of holding episode - not to diminish this story, which is one of its author's finer later works, but to excuse its brevity. Even the narrator calls it an "ill-proportioned" tale! I hope you enjoy it!


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About the episode

"Rats" by M.R. James was first published in the March 23, 1929 issue of the magazine At Random and later as part of his Collected Ghost Stories. Read it online here.

End theme music:

The Black Waltz by Scott Buckley | www.scottbuckley.com.au Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Incidental music:

Music used : " DARK ORCHESTRAL LULLABY " composed and produced by "Vivek Abhishek" Music link : https://youtu.be/3jU3rSdWajUSUBSCRIBE us on YOUTUBE: https://bit.ly/3qumnPHFollow on Facebook : https://bit.ly/33RWRtPFollow on Instagram : https://bit.ly/2ImU2JV

Music used : " THE CORRIDOR " composed and produced by "Vivek Abhishek" Music link :https://youtu.be/r0EWPSHD8lYSUBSCRIBE us on YOUTUBE: https://bit.ly/3qumnPHFollow on Facebook : https://bit.ly/33RWRtPFollow on Instagram : https://bit.ly/2ImU2JV

Vivek Abhishek is an astonishingly good composer/producer of "no copyright" music, especially (but not limited to) horror soundtracks. Check out his awesome work on YouTube!

Sound effect attributions:



*All used with the following licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All other sound effects sourced at Freesound.org

The recording was created using Audacity and BandLab. Podcast hosted by Anchor.

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