Fiction, Horror, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction

Special Review: Click-Clack the Rattlebag

Click-Clack the Rattlebag is a short story written and performed by Neil Gaiman for All Hallow’Cover Image for Click-Clack the Rattlebags Read. You can download the story for free at and for every download Audible will donate a dollar to Donors Choose. This story is only available until Halloween, so download your copy today.  If you’ve missed the download, the story will be available in the Impossible Monsters anthology from Subterranean Press in 2013.


In Click-Clack the Rattlebag, Neil Gaimain turns his normally soft and soothing voice to the work of sending chills down our spines. This is only the beginning of the many ways Gaiman is able to defy the reader’s expectations in this short outing. The story features one of the precocious children Gaiman has rendered so well in past works such as Coraline and The Graveyard Book. Don’t let the name fool you; the original monster of this story is much scarier (and grosser) than the ghosties and ghoulies that often comprise the horror genre.  For a story of only ten minutes duration, to say much more would be spoiling. Don’t forget to turn off the lights before you listen.


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