Anyone here ever read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle? You know, where the main character has calamity after calamity pile up on him until the reader can only smirk and say, “Oh, come ON!!”
There’s a teenage character named Stanislovas who is killed and eaten by rats in an old factory.
Uh-huh. I call bullshit. Even as he’s portrayed as sleeping off a drunk when he’s attacked, there’s no frickin’ way a teenager could be killed by a swarm of rats. Why wouldn’t the bites wake him up, and then he could just get up and stagger off? Maybe, maybe the rat bites could get infected and kill off Stanislovas that way, but that’s not what happens. People open the factory door and find him eaten by rats.
I’m thinking Stanislovas was already dead when the rats began nibbling on him. Either from alcohol poisoning or some other mishap.
Other than in movies like Willard and Ben, I just don’t think getting killed and eaten by rats is something that folks have to worry about.
Do you disagree? Or perhaps you would like to post other dubious methods of death in fiction?