Talk:The Rats in the Walls

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Edition: First published in Weird Tales, March 1924
Source: Project Gutenberg Australia
Contributor(s): User:Thejips
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Judging by the dates, I believe this falls under PD-old-70. unsigned comment by MidnightVoyager (talk) 17:40, 7 December 2007.

According to "Author:Howard Phillips Lovecraft", it was published in w:Weird Tales and the copyrights were renewed properly, and w:The Rats in the Walls agrees that it was the first place it was published. So, it looks like a copyright violation to host it on Wikisource. John Vandenberg 07:10, 8 December 2007 (UTC)[reply]
All of Lovecraft's work is now in the public domain. Go to any bookstore website and you'll find many collections by different publishers, and many other authors have taken up echoes of, if not outright references to, the stories of his Cthulhu Mythos specifically, incorporating aspects into their own work as a kind of massive cosmogonical mythology...sort of like Middle-earth with Tolkien, but with people accepting others' work as well, so long as it's sublimated to the Lovecraft originals. It is completely acceptable for this to be on Wikisource. --Chr.K. (talk) 05:12, 3 February 2009 (UTC)[reply]

It's now 70+ years since Lovecraft's death, so all his work is now PD in the US and EU.

  • The US did not apply a 70pma rule for works published in 1924. The rule is 95 years after publication if it complied with all US formalities including copyright renewal at 28 years after publication. I have not researched this work, but without detailed information we can't keep it. It needs to be researched and proven PD or deleted.--Doug.(talk contribs) 16:08, 28 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]


Do you think there were real rats? The protagonist does come upon tiny bones in the underground crypt, but then the walls are made of solid stone. Wikipedia states that the rats are real (see plot on w:The Rats in the Walls), but I believe they were more of a manifestation of.. whatever was down there.

I agree with you. Personally I think that the bones of the rats in the crypt were real but I think that there were no rats in the actual walls when Delapore was there.