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* BrainFood: The mutant rats have a particular fondness for this particular part of their victims.



* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: London is comprehensively trashed in the nuclear attack and several million people are killed.

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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: As book three opens, London is comprehensively trashed in the nuclear attack and several million people are killed. killed.
* EyeScream: As the rats prefer eating peoples' brains (see above), their favorite mode of attack is to chew their way to the "tasty candy center" of a victim's skull ''through the eyes''.


Criticized for its graphically explicit nature, both in terms of sex and violence,[[note]]It was published by shock-horror imprint, the Creator/NewEnglishLibrary, and became one of their biggest hits.[[/note]] and seen by others as a political satire on the fact that thirty years after the end of WW2, Britain's capital city STILL had slums and uninhabitable bomb-sites which were breeding rats and disease, the book sold out within three weeks and went direct to its first of many reprints.

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Criticized for its graphically explicit nature, both in terms of sex and violence,[[note]]It was published by shock-horror imprint, the Creator/NewEnglishLibrary, and became one of their biggest hits.[[/note]] and seen by others as a political satire on the fact that thirty years after the end of WW2, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Britain's capital city STILL had slums and uninhabitable bomb-sites which were breeding rats and disease, the book sold out within three weeks and went direct to its first of many reprints.


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The novel received a film adaptation in 1982 as ''Film/DeadlyEyes''. There have been at least two sequels, including ''Lair'' and ''Domain''.

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The novel received a film adaptation in 1982 as ''Film/DeadlyEyes''. There have been at least two sequels, including ''Lair'' and ''Domain''.
''Domain'' and the graphic novel ''The City''.


This is the premise of James Herbert's 1974 NightmareFuel novel, which began with the oft-repeated observation that in London nobody is ever more than twenty feet away from a rat. Herbert wondered what might happen if in a city of eight million people, twenty million or so rats were to develop a dim awareness that they not only outnumbered people but could find unity in strength. His rats mutate, become larger, fiercer, more intelligent, and can transmit a deadly necrotic plague into the bargain. And London is suddenly in trouble.

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This is the premise of James Herbert's Creator/JamesHerbert's 1974 NightmareFuel novel, which began with the oft-repeated observation that in London nobody is ever more than twenty feet away from a rat. Herbert wondered what might happen if in a city of eight million people, twenty million or so rats were to develop a dim awareness that they not only outnumbered people but could find unity in strength. His rats mutate, become larger, fiercer, more intelligent, and can transmit a deadly necrotic plague into the bargain. And London is suddenly in trouble.



* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: the book would not have had the same impact had the animal stars been rabbits, hamsters or kittens.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: the book would not have had the same impact had the animal stars been rabbits, hamsters or kittens. \n

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* ILoveNuclearPower: The original mutant rats came about as a result of nuclear testing on the islands around New Guinea.


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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Foskins in the first book. After being disgraced and fired for his failure to end the threat of the rats, he attempts to redeem himself by locating the rats' lair. He does so, but when he does find it, he's set upon and killed by the mother rat's guards, although he takes two with him, and it's through following him that Harris finds the nest and kills the mother rat, ending the threat for the time being.]]


* CrapsackWorld: London is this to several of the introduced characters, especially the mis-used Irish tramp who as a girl came to the city with bright hopes, but who degenerates into sexual abuse and alcoholism. Becoming one of the first victims of the rats is a blessed relief.

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* BadassTeacher: Harris from the first book. He survives many attacks from the rats whereas nearly everyone else gets killed immediately, and only suffers serious injuries in the climatic battle.
* BuryYourGays: The first victim of the rats is an alcoholic vagrant whose downfall began when he had an affair with a much younger man, which was enough to ruin him in the climate of the seventies. This trope is averted, though, as his story is presented as a tragedy.
* CrapsackWorld: London is this to several of the introduced characters, especially the mis-used Irish tramp who as a girl came to the city with bright hopes, but who [[BreakTheCutie degenerates into sexual abuse and alcoholism. alcoholism]]. Becoming one of the first victims of the rats is almost a blessed relief. It gets infinitely worse in ''Domain'' after the nuclear attack.


* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: London is comprehensively trashed and several million people are killed.

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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: London is comprehensively trashed in the nuclear attack and several million people are killed.


Criticized for its graphically explicit nature, both in terms of sex and violence,[[note]]It was published by shock-horror imprint, the NewEnglishLibrary, and became one of their biggest hits.[[/note]] and seen by others as a political satire on the fact that thirty years after the end of WW2, Britain's capital city STILL had slums and uninhabitable bomb-sites which were breeding rats and disease, the book sold out within three weeks and went direct to its first of many reprints.

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Criticized for its graphically explicit nature, both in terms of sex and violence,[[note]]It was published by shock-horror imprint, the NewEnglishLibrary, Creator/NewEnglishLibrary, and became one of their biggest hits.[[/note]] and seen by others as a political satire on the fact that thirty years after the end of WW2, Britain's capital city STILL had slums and uninhabitable bomb-sites which were breeding rats and disease, the book sold out within three weeks and went direct to its first of many reprints.


The novel received a film adaptation in 1982 as ''Deadly Eyes''. There have been at least two sequels, including ''Lair'' and ''Domain''.

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The novel received a film adaptation in 1982 as ''Deadly Eyes''.''Film/DeadlyEyes''. There have been at least two sequels, including ''Lair'' and ''Domain''.


Criticized for its graphically explicit nature, both in terms of sex and violence, and seen by others as a political satire on the fact that thirty years after the end of WW2, Britain's capital city STILL had slums and uninhabitable bomb-sites which were breeding rats and disease, the book sold out within three weeks and went direct to its first of many reprints.

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Criticized for its graphically explicit nature, both in terms of sex and violence, violence,[[note]]It was published by shock-horror imprint, the NewEnglishLibrary, and became one of their biggest hits.[[/note]] and seen by others as a political satire on the fact that thirty years after the end of WW2, Britain's capital city STILL had slums and uninhabitable bomb-sites which were breeding rats and disease, the book sold out within three weeks and went direct to its first of many reprints.


* RodentsOfUnusualSize: take a wild guess.
* SwarmOfRats: the protaganists.

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* RodentsOfUnusualSize: take a wild guess.
The mutant rats are three or four times normal size.
* SwarmOfRats: the protaganists.The rats hunt in supersized packs so as to be sure of bringing down a human.

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* HumansAreFlawed: There is no hero who saves the day. Practically all the human characters are depicted as fairly flawed, seedy, unattractive, even repulsive, people who are wholly ineffectual against the peril.


The novel received a film adaptation in 1982 as ''Deadly Eyes''.

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The novel received a film adaptation in 1982 as ''Deadly Eyes''.
Eyes''. There have been at least two sequels, including ''Lair'' and ''Domain''.


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* CrapsackWorld: London is this to several of the introduced characters, especially the mis-used Irish tramp who as a girl came to the city with bright hopes, but who degenerates into sexual abuse and alcoholism. Becoming one of the first victims of the rats is a blessed relief.

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