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The Giant Rat by socar The Giant Rat by socar
A pinup I did for Fleshrot #2.

The she-rat said to the giant rat: "Get out of my nest! You are huge and monstrous--you are not my son." So the giant rat went away, looking for his mother among the monsters. First, he went to the Worm Bed and searched among the warted toads. But the head toad said to him: "You are hairy all over and have a long tail. You are not my son." So he went to the Hissing Stump, where a tangle of snakes made their home. "Ssss," said the mother snake. "You have a long and scaly tail, it's true, but you have whiskers on your nose and a one-pronged tongue. You are not my son." And she, too, sent the giant rat on his way. Soon, he came to a house full of ogres. "This must be my home," he thought, "for who is more monstrous than an ogre?" But the ogress came out shaking her broom, and shouted: "Go away! You have beady eyes and ears like sails, and your nose is furry and wartless. You are not my son!" Sadly, the giant rat wandered into the graveyard, to sleep in the comforting shadow of the silent crypts. When he woke up, he saw that a zombie had come to sit beside him. "Arooooooo," said the zombie, and scratched the giant rat behind his ears with claw-like nails. "I love you too," said the giant rat. And they lived happily ever after.

The end.

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Given 2004-06-09
The Giant Rat by ~socar is one of the craziest pieces of dark art that I have run across in quite some time. The exquisite detailing is not what struck me but the intriguing message that is being sent. ( Featured by jark )
larkascending Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this - I keep rats and it just captures something about the way I like them for being little misfits :)
4thDay Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
An awesome drawing and an awesome tale, great job! :)
Emmbassador Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Amazing job, so much detail<3 Also, the story behind it itself is odd yet adorable at the same time. o: Wonderful job. ^-^
Divine-Mania Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it!
MairzyDozyDiveyDoats Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Story is a bit tearjerking, for some reason.

Oh, and the picture is awesome! I love how the zombie is missing part of its face.
AntaresDrake Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yonaz Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I probably saw this long time ago, just struck me now how good it is.. i love it! :)
krosenberg4789 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
That was my favourite story.
brent1982 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks, you made me smile :)
unarmedLions Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How wonderful. :3
We all have a home; sometimes not where we expect it to be.
Selenmariene Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing, but sad story
soulkyrie Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011   Digital Artist
That is so Iron Maiden its not funny :D
Emma-Fay Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is strangely adorable :omg:
evilmonkey8169 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
I don't care what anyone says, this is awesome :)
evilmonkey8169 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Awesome :)
metridley Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
What a happy ending :D Awesome art.
SpunkyFreakster Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fuckin tight
stevooooo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Deactived Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
I find this incredibly sweet.

... there's something wrong with me, isn't there?
kleptomankaa Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
I've never read a more beautiful story!
OneDayLeftToLive Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student General Artist
Stunning story. I love this picture. It is very sweet. -snuggles her rats-
L0st1nW0nder1and Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Aww I love it :) and the little story too, I would take him as my little baby XD
Dimjumper Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Great Work!!
Elition Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
This image featured on ( [link] ) Just decided to post a compilation of my favorite paintings/digital paintings. Thanks again for creating such a good piece :)
PIT-FACE Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
awesome drawing, i cant even describe everything i love about it.
phantom531 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
This is amazing... Oddly sweet and loveable through the disturbing... Very impressive... I especially love the way the zombie is cradling the rat.
pimeydenmorsian Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This story and picture get me cry for happines. <3
I´m so happy that giant rats het family and mother. :)
TheMagicFerret Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
What a sweet story!
AnaMariaMaxim Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
hamsterpaj Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Naaaw, so cute, both the pic and the story!
Coyote-Walker Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
the story...that's what made this a fav. The picture alone it's own special way, but the really draws you in.
MistressFu Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
the story really makes it
Stripp Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
Your work leaves me stunned. Your a wonderful artist. xXx
Do you take commissions?
smashead Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008
Yay! I like it very much :) It's a piece of great art.
KeiriiNight Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Professional Artist
Does the Tombstone say 'Socrates?"
JessyFTW22 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008   Photographer
WOW!!!! for how... macabre this is.. it's absolutly breath-takingly beautiful. Like... I could shed a tear.
Eowyn-wolf Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
Awww, at first I was repulsed but the story is so cute.
rattastic Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007
thats a really funny story, its pretty cool that it makes the picture look almost cute, it is cute and thats really odd, anyways thats a really cool picture
corpsecunt Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
It's so sweet and beautiful. I adore it.
amryounis Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
dawno Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Professional General Artist
I love this story! And the image is really amazing! Never has a more tender moment ever been captured involving a zombie and a rat.
MAD-Uninc Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
I don't think I have ever seen a piece that is as beautiful as it is dark and creepy, and the detail!...simply amazing.
FrodoBacchi Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
d0rkyg1rl Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
you really convey the tenderness of the moment by bringing the focus to their gaze by playing with the point of light. I'm blown away with the face that you can see the love on the zombie's face. at first glance I was a little creeped out but by taking a second look I was completely drawn into the moment.
Otagoth Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
Very nice. I love creepy stuff. And this is by far one of the most creepiest. :)
Falloway Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful images, disturbing yet touching at the same time :D
loveRats Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007
It is ma favourite picture in all deviant! i love it!
loveRats Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007
It is my favourite picture in all deviant! I love it :)
loveRats Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007
This is my favourite picture in all deviant!! I love it :)
Cyove Featured By Owner May 29, 2007
Awe... <_> Poor ratty rat rat. *cries for Giant Ratty* I am glad he found someone who loves him. <3~~ *wants a cute giant ratty for her friend too*
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