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* AgeWithoutYouth: The City Fathers are granted immortality through their depraved cannibalism and worship of the Father Of Fathers, but they continue to age despite not dying from it. As a result, they're hideously ancient and decrepit, to the point that some of them have patches of skin that have rotted to the bone, despite not being dead yet.



* CosmicHorrorReveal: When we see the "thing" the Elders serve.

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* CannibalLarder: The Butcher's M.O, he processes his victims like they're normal meat; strips them, shaves them, and hangs them upside down from the train ceiling to be drained of blood. The Butchers existance is exposed shortly before the start of the story when a lost tourist accidentaly stumbled across one of his larders in the middle of the night, before it could be delivered to the Fathers.
* CosmicHorrorReveal: When we see the "thing" the Elders Fathers serve.



* HorrorHunger: According to the City Father who speaks to Kaufman, they don't enjoy eating human flesh, but are forced to do so, as it's the only way to maintain their immortality. Might be a case of UnreliableNarrator though.



* TownWithADarkSecret: The true fathers of New York City need to be fed to make sure NYC still prospers.

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* TownWithADarkSecret: The true fathers of New York City need to be fed to make sure NYC is secretly still prospers.ruled by it's original founders, now a race of immortal cannibals, who serve a horrific entity known as the Father Of Fathers. In return for their service, and the assistance of the city government, New York continues to prosper as one of the great cities of the world.


* AncientConspiracy: The existance of the City Fathers, and the ritual murders meant to appease them, and the EldritchAbomination they serve. The ending reveals that most, if not all of the city government is part of the conspiracy, as there are entire crews of civic workers who clean up all evidence of the murders, and the driver of the train conductor even personally congratulates Kaufman on his new "job".

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* AncientConspiracy: The existance of the City Fathers, and the ritual murders meant to appease them, and the EldritchAbomination they serve. The ending reveals that most, if not all of the city government is part of the conspiracy, as there are entire crews of civic workers who clean up all evidence of the murders, and the driver of the train conductor even personally congratulates Kaufman on his new "job".



* DealWithTheDevil: The ancients' immortality is ensured by the human flesh (they are themselves degenerate humans), and said immortality is needed for them to continually serve the EldritchAbomination they made a deal with so New York would prosper.

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* DealWithTheDevil: The ancients' immortality is ensured by the eating human flesh (they are themselves degenerate humans), and said immortality is needed for them to continually serve the EldritchAbomination they made a deal with so New York would prosper.



* {{Gorn}}: Oh ''hell'' yes. Barker gives us the bloody descriptions.

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* {{Gorn}}: Oh ''hell'' yes. Barker gives us the bloody descriptions.The reader is treated to loving descriptions of Mahogany's work as The Butcher.


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* NonMaliciousMonster: A variation; Mahogany isn't a sadist, and doesn't consider his "work" any different from that of a regular butcher who kills and processes animal meat. He doesn't torture his victims, and all mutilation to the bodies only occur post-mortem, to prepare them for the City Fathers. That said, he still takes pride in his position, considering himself a vital worker that helps New York function.

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* GovernmentConspiracy: While the Butcher works alone and is the only man shown to interact with the City Fathers, the ending reveals that many city workers are also part of the conspiracy, helping to cover up the murders, and it's implied that the city government itself are also part of it, out of necessity, as one man couldn't possibly hide the existance of the City Fathers by himself.


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* NotHyperbole: "City Fathers" is normally just a fanciful term for important and influential citizens and officials. In this case, it's both figurative and literal, as the City Fathers are both immensly powerful and important, but also the actual founders of New York.


A horror short story by Creator/CliveBarker, later adapted into a SlasherMovie by [[Film/{{Versus}} Ryuhei]] [[Film/GodzillaFinalWars Kitamura]]. It was a part of the first volume of the ''Books of Blood''.

In the story Leon Kaufman makes a mistake when he falls asleep on a train and wakes up to find himself caught up in something he had no clue existed. All beneath the streets of New York City.

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A horror short story by Creator/CliveBarker, later adapted into a SlasherMovie by [[Film/{{Versus}} Ryuhei]] [[Film/GodzillaFinalWars Kitamura]]. It was a part of Originally included in the first volume of the ''Books of Blood''.

In the story Leon Kaufman makes is a mistake when New York resident who has grown disillusioned with the city he falls asleep on dreamt of living in for so long. After a train few months, the glamour of the Big Apple has faded, replaced by a disappointing reality of drudgery, crime and wakes up to find himself caught up in something he had no clue existed. All beneath pollution. To make matters worse, a mysterious serial killer is stalking the streets New York subway after dark. Little does Kaufman know that the murders are simply a symptom of the true horrors of New York City. City...



* AnOddPlaceToSleep: While maybe a train isn't odd to some, Leon could have avoided the plot wholesale by simply waiting to go home to fall asleep.
* AncientConspiracy: The Secret Fathers of New York have kept their existence a secret in this way. Not to mention their deal kind of is one too.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler: After killing Mahogany, Leo is bound to serve as the new Butcher]].
* BigApplesauce: The evil conspiracy to keep a city prospering by feeding flesh to elders who serve something worse, of course it's in New York City.

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* AnOddPlaceToSleep: While maybe As a train isn't odd result of working late, Kaufman ends up nodding off to some, Leon could have avoided sleep during the plot wholesale by simply waiting to go home to fall asleep.
subway ride home, tossing him headlong into the plot.
* AncientConspiracy: The Secret Fathers existance of New York have kept their existence a secret in this way. Not the City Fathers, and the ritual murders meant to mention their deal kind appease them, and the EldritchAbomination they serve. The ending reveals that most, if not all of the city government is one too.
part of the conspiracy, as there are entire crews of civic workers who clean up all evidence of the murders, and the driver of the train conductor even personally congratulates Kaufman on his new "job".
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler: After killing Mahogany, Leo is bound to serve as the new Butcher]].
Butcher.
* BigApplesauce: The evil conspiracy to keep a city prospering by feeding flesh to elders who serve something worse, of course BigRottenApple: Not only was the story written during New Yorks downward slump, with all the crime and urban decay you'd expect, it's in New York City.also home to a race of hideous, immortal monsters that prey on it's citizens.



** The description of the City Fathers, who are described as almost rotting alive due to their age.



* DiabolicalMastermind: The "thing" which the Elders appease.
* EldritchAbomination: The Elders. [[spoiler: And the ''thing'' the Elders appease when not eating people fillets.]]

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* DiabolicalMastermind: The "thing" which the Elders appease.
* EldritchAbomination: The Elders. [[spoiler: And monstrous entity worshipped and served by the ''thing'' City Fathers, who refer to it as "The Father Of Fathers", stating that the Elders appease when not eating people fillets.]]creature predates humans in North America.



* HumanResources: Well, the Elders have to eat something!
* HumanoidAbomination: The Elders.
* LegacyCharacter: The Butcher is a mantle that will be passed on.
* MindScrew: Not really too much directly.
* MrExposition: One of the Elders helps communicate the story to Leon.
* SinisterSubway: Well, ''duh''.
* TheSpeechless: Leon becomes this after the Elder rips out his tongue.

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* HumanResources: Well, the Elders have to eat something!
* HumanoidAbomination: The Elders.
City Fathers, who might still look vaguely human, but are withered, ancient, and look more dead than alive.
* LegacyCharacter: The Unlike his masters, the Butcher is a mantle isn't immortal, and the title passes from one person to the next. Kaufman becomes the next Butcher due to killing the previous one, and it's implied that will be passed on.
* MindScrew: Not really
Mahogany's time was almost over anyway, as he was getting too much directly.
old and slow to perform his job properly.
* MrExposition: One Though not named, one of the Elders helps communicate the story City Fathers explains to Leon.
Kaufman who they are, and New Yorks true history.
* SinisterSubway: Well, ''duh''.
It's not only a hunting ground for a serial killer, it's secretly the home of a race of cannibalistic immortals and the EldritchAbomination they serve.
* TheSpeechless: Leon becomes this after the Elder The City Father rips out his tongue.Kaufman's tongue to silence him.



* SubwaysSuck: When you can get killed or butchered on it, yes it is.

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* SubwaysSuck: When It's even worse than normal, as in this setting, if you can get killed or butchered on it, yes it is.ride the subway at night, you run the risk of being harvested for meat by a serial killer.
* TongueTrauma: The City Father who interacts with Kaufman tears out his tongue to permanently mute him and ensure he'll "serve in silence" during his role as the new Butcher.

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* BigApplesauce: The evil conspiracy to keep a city prospering by feeding flesh to elders who serve something worse, of course it's in New York City.


* BodyHorror: How else would you describe a story about a butcher that kills people on a subway carves them up like meet to serve humanoid abominations?

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* BodyHorror: How else would you describe a story about a butcher that kills people on a subway and carves them up like meet meat to serve humanoid abominations?



* DiabolicalMastermind: The "thing" in which the Elders appease.

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* DiabolicalMastermind: The "thing" in which the Elders appease.



* HumanResources: Well the Elders have to eat something!

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* HumanResources: Well Well, the Elders have to eat something!



* MindScrew: Not really too much directly

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* MindScrew: Not really too much directly directly.


[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mpathemidnightmeattrainposterb.jpg]] A horror short story by Creator/CliveBarker, later adapted into a SlasherMovie by [[Film/{{Versus}} Ryuhei]] [[Film/GodzillaFinalWars Kitamura]]. It was a part of the first volume of the ''Books of Blood''.

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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mpathemidnightmeattrainposterb.jpg]] A horror short story by Creator/CliveBarker, later adapted into a SlasherMovie by [[Film/{{Versus}} Ryuhei]] [[Film/GodzillaFinalWars Kitamura]]. It was a part of the first volume of the ''Books of Blood''.


A horror short story by Creator/CliveBarker, later adapted into a SlasherMovie by [[Film/{{Versus}} Ryuhei]] [[Film/GodzillaFinalWars Kitamura]]. It was a part of the first volume of the ''Books of Blood''.

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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mpathemidnightmeattrainposterb.jpg]] A horror short story by Creator/CliveBarker, later adapted into a SlasherMovie by [[Film/{{Versus}} Ryuhei]] [[Film/GodzillaFinalWars Kitamura]]. It was a part of the first volume of the ''Books of Blood''.

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* HumanResources: Well the Elders have to eat something!


* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler: After killing Mahogany, Leo os bound to serve as the new Butcher]].

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* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler: After killing Mahogany, Leo os is bound to serve as the new Butcher]].Butcher]].
* BittersweetEnding: The ending can be interpreted as having one by a sufficiently twisted reader. Sure, the protagonist has gone insane, had his tongue torn out, and is forced to kill people for the immortals who secretly rule New York... but he finally loves the city.


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* CosmicHorrorReveal: When we see the "thing" the Elders serve.


* AncientConspiracy: The Secret Fathers of New York have kept their existence a secret in this way.

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* AncientConspiracy: The Secret Fathers of New York have kept their existence a secret in this way. Not to mention their deal kind of is one too.



* DiabolicalMastermind: The "thing" in which the Elders oppease.

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* DealWithTheDevil: The ancients' immortality is ensured by the human flesh (they are themselves degenerate humans), and said immortality is needed for them to continually serve the EldritchAbomination they made a deal with so New York would prosper.
* DiabolicalMastermind: The "thing" in which the Elders oppease.appease.



* TheSpeechless: Leon becomes this after the Elder rips out his tounge.

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* TheSpeechless: Leon becomes this after the Elder rips out his tounge.tongue.



* TownWithADarkSecret: The true fathers of New York City need to be fed.

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* TownWithADarkSecret: The true fathers of New York City need to be fed.fed to make sure NYC still prospers.


* SpoilerTitle: The last track on the soundtrack CD is called "[[spoiler:Leon The Butcher]]".

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* SpoilerTitle: The last track While not specific, you should know going in there is going to be meat on the soundtrack CD is called "[[spoiler:Leon The Butcher]]".this very train.

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A horror short story by Creator/CliveBarker, later adapted into a SlasherMovie by [[Film/{{Versus}} Ryuhei]] [[Film/GodzillaFinalWars Kitamura]]. It was a part of the first volume of the ''Books of Blood''.

In the story Leon Kaufman makes a mistake when he falls asleep on a train and wakes up to find himself caught up in something he had no clue existed. All beneath the streets of New York City.
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* AnOddPlaceToSleep: While maybe a train isn't odd to some, Leon could have avoided the plot wholesale by simply waiting to go home to fall asleep.
* AncientConspiracy: The Secret Fathers of New York have kept their existence a secret in this way.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler: After killing Mahogany, Leo os bound to serve as the new Butcher]].
* BodyHorror: How else would you describe a story about a butcher that kills people on a subway carves them up like meet to serve humanoid abominations?
* DiabolicalMastermind: The "thing" in which the Elders oppease.
* EldritchAbomination: The Elders. [[spoiler: And the ''thing'' the Elders appease when not eating people fillets.]]
* {{Gorn}}: Oh ''hell'' yes. Barker gives us the bloody descriptions.
* HumanoidAbomination: The Elders.
* LegacyCharacter: The Butcher is a mantle that will be passed on.
* MindScrew: Not really too much directly
* MrExposition: One of the Elders helps communicate the story to Leon.
* SinisterSubway: Well, ''duh''.
* TheSpeechless: Leon becomes this after the Elder rips out his tounge.
* SpoilerTitle: The last track on the soundtrack CD is called "[[spoiler:Leon The Butcher]]".
* SubwaysSuck: When you can get killed or butchered on it, yes it is.
* TownWithADarkSecret: The true fathers of New York City need to be fed.
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