“An occult graffiti crew called the Rat Pack has stolen four NY subway trains. Their spokesman, the bizarre, lyrical, and masked ‘Kilroy,’ is now taunting the police and the MTA, spouting cryptic manifestos and posting strange photos. Readers are ‘recruited’ by the MTA and NYPD to unravel Kilroy’s messages and learn the origins of the immortal Rats, which stretch back to the 60s. The story operates over a full day in real time, imitating a news story in progress.”
– from the pitch
This is “The Rats in the Walls,” a new Twitter fiction story from the Occult Triangle Lab. The name comes from the H.P. Lovecraft story of the same name, a tale about rats, an underground city, and dark histories. The new story also references “The Horror at Red Hook,” another Lovecraft story based on New York’s Atlantic Avenue tunnels, as well as the infamous New York Toynbee tiles and the Son of Sam murders.
Wrapped up in graffiti, the occult, and the bizarre secrets of New York’s underground culture, “The Rats in the Walls” sits on the edge of reality and fiction.
To find out the release date of the story and how to take part, follow me @DeadmanMu, watch the blog, and keep an eye on the 2015 Twitter Fiction Festival this May.
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