Rat King

The Rat King is a spooky creepypasta story about a girl who finds rats in her apartment.

By the beginning of October 1997, Ashley Gross was sure there were rats in her apartment. More than once, tiny rat droppings had greeted her on her white linoleum bathroom floor. She found one of her dishtowels all chewed up into ribbons on the same morning she found a bent fork outside of her bedroom door.

Ashley shuddered at the thought of a rat so near to her bedroom before pondering this strange new behavior. She’d never actually had rats before. Ashley wanted traps. The snappy kind.

At the hardware store, she went for a brand name. “Victor Easy-Set Traps”. A 12-pack, on sale for 25 dollars.

Ashley set the traps in various corners of her apartment, sneaking one beneath the kitchen sink, one in her closet and one in her cupboard. However, all of them went unsprung until November 1st, when Ashley woke up to find the small corspe of a rat broken in the metal vice of one of her traps.

Strangely, though, the rat had been picked clean of its meat.

The term Rat King is used to describe a gigantic tangle of rats, all knotted together by their tails. It comes from Germany, where an Altenburg museum keeps the mummified remains of a 200-year old rat king, discovered in a German miller’s fireplace. It consists of 32 rats in total. In German folklore, a rat king is considered a very bad omen.

Ashley didn’t know any of this when she discovered the dried remains of thirteen rats knotted together by their tails, neatly hidden between her bookshelf and the wall, on December 4th.

Here is a picture of a rat king for reference:

Rat King

There was one major difference between this rat king and the one Ashley found. None of the rats in the rat king had much flesh left hanging from their skeletons, like the trapped rat Ashley had found earlier.

When she regained her nerve, she turned a garbage bag inside-out, placed it over the mass of tiny bodies and tried to scoop them up into the bag while avoiding touching the rats at all costs. That’s how she cleaned it up.

Ashley worked for a corporate catering company, called Catering Casual. As the end of December loomed overhead, business became busier and busier. Her 9 to 5, Sundays and Mondays-off job stretched into a gruelling marathon of 12-hour days as it did every year around the holiday season. By December 22nd 1997, Ashley Gross had worked 15 consecutive days. She went to bed completely exhausted.

The sound of scraping woke her up.

Ashley lay half awake in the abrupt silence that followed and wondered if she had really heard anything at all. As she listened, she was torn between going back to sleep and checking out the apartment to see if something really had made a noise.

Flicking on her bedside lamp, she opened her bedroom door and spilled light out into the hallway.

A filthy gigantic brown rat scurried past her bare feet and into her room.

Something in the hallway dropped a fork onto the floor.

Comments

  1. HorrorFanGirl says

    random! and to the 57th commenter below me, CONGRATULATIONS! -.- lyke who CARES?? jk:3

  2. Dobbyisfree says

    ‘Ashley wondered what had dropped the fork. She slowly crept out of bed to invesetigate. And there, right there, in the shadows of night, stood

    DOBBYISFREE.
    “I wasn’t eating your ice cream cake!” she lied, and jumped out the window.

    Ashley was a lot less scared of rats then, because she knew that there were worse things.’

  3. lovebird_bunny123 says

    What? Is this upposed to be scar ya. I don’t get it
    ☺️Jk
    I’m not stupid

  4. xXxGrrrrRawrxXx says

    hmmm…1997…thirteen rats…bad omen…oh i know. the bad omen was that wrestling was going to start to suck in the
    future. why didn’t anyone figure this out before, then wrestling never would have started to suck.

  5. iltlailtl says

    yeagh. I can’t quite put my finger on what creeps me out so much about the *rat king* concept.

  6. I_have_issues says

    soz guys bit boring. im hungry. i think. am i? no. yes! no! YES! NO! AHHHHHHHH! tank u. my impression ov me and my sis.

  7. XILoveHorrorX says

    Ive read all the stories on this whole website, ive loved this website for 2 years and ive only joined today =3

  8. Revenge Is Sweet says

    now that i think about it well der she has rats cuz rats r gross and her last name is gross so yeah.

  9. B-Lovely says

    I think there was a giant rat- a REAL rat king- putting and/ or finding rats in her apartment and then eating them like a human. This is only a guess. Just how I interpreted it.
    This was a pretty good story! :)

  10. GhostGirl666 says

    @reTARDIS – I know right! I miss the mario and luigi parodies. They were so funny! What happened to him??????????

  11. JoslynVicious says

    @ TheSelfProclaimedQueenOfAwkwardMoments & Poisoned love- something was eating the rats in her apartment. with a fork.

  12. Dont take me seriously says

    I hate cockroaches more than rats and spiders most of all. The sight of them gives me goosebumps. Ugh!

  13. Dont take me seriously says

    @Poisoned love The girl found a skinless rat and a whole bunch of rats knitted together by their tails dead and skinless. Thats called a rat king and its bad to see one. At the night something bad happened. Thats what I got.

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