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James Herbert RIP


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Wrote some great books, not least the Rats trilogy and '48

 

RIP

 

Best-selling author James Herbert, who wrote the horror classic The Rats, has died aged 69.

 

His publisher, Pan Macmillan, confirmed that he died at his home in Sussex this morning. No cause of death was given.

 

Jeremy Trevathan, his editor for 10 years, described him as "one of the keystone authors in a genre that had its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s".

 

He is survived by his wife, Eileen, whom he married in 1967, and their three daughters Kerry, Emma and Casey.

 

Herbert's first novel, The Rats, depicted London overrun by mutant flesh-eating rodents and sold 100,000 copies within two weeks of being published in 1974.

 

Since then, he has published 23 novels in more than 30 languages, selling 54 million copies worldwide. His latest book, Ash, was published last week.

 

Herbert was appointed an OBE by the Queen in 2010 - the same year he was made Grand Master of Horror by the World of Horror Convention.

 

Mr Trevathan described Herbert as "one of the giants of popular fiction in the 20th Century".

 

The author was made an OBE in 2010

"It's a true testament to his writing and his enduring creativity that his books continued to be huge bestsellers right up until his death.

 

"He has the rare distinction that his novels were considered classics of the genre within his lifetime," he added.

 

Born in London's East End on 8 April 1943, Herbert won a scholarship to St Aloysius Grammar School in Highgate at the age of 10.

 

After a college course in graphic design, he went on to work at an advertising agency.

 

He started his first novel, The Rats, at the age of 28 and completed it within 10 months. He submitted the manuscript to six publishers, three of whom replied.

 

Of those, two rejected the novel and one accepted it.

 

The Rats was one of four Herbert novels made into films, along with The Survivor, Fluke and Haunted.

 

His novel The Secret Of Crickley Hall was adapted for television and broadcast on BBC One in December, while The Magic Cottage was dramatised for BBC Radio 4.

 

One of his friends, Gordon Giltrap, paid tribute to the author on Twitter: "Received some sad news this morning that my good friend James Herbert has passed away. Am in no mood for music, that's for sure. RIP Jim."

 

Another, Peter James, wrote: "Deeply saddened to hear today that my dear friend, writer James Herbert, died last night. Will miss you lots, Jim, you were a diamond."

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His books are the reason I'm a horror fan - "The Rats", "The Fog", "Domain", "Lair" and "The Jonah" were the first books I borrowed from the library.. Over the summer in 1990, I think I managed to read his entire set of novels up to then in the space of those few months. Hooked.

 

Forgot The Fog, loved that book. Didn't like everything he did (couldn't get on with Fluke), but no denying what a brilliant writer he was

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Only bought ASH on Sunday, think he was meant to be doing the Literary Fesitval in Liverpool in April and heading up a walk through the Williamson Tunnels :(

 

Ah it was an underground talk, would have been cool Linky

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I think he may have been the person who introduced me to what sex is, certainly his books contained the first sex scenes I'd ever read. I was probably about 30 at the time.

 

30? I was 12/13 when I read that scene of the couple on the hillside getting interupted when the rat started eating her foot

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30? I was 12/13 when I read that scene of the couple on the hillside getting interupted when the rat started eating her foot

 

Rats definitely got passed around the boys in my school a lot, probably second form. quality. Must go and read it again now.

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The first of his I read was atcually The Magic Cottage, I thought it was brilliant, but was subsequently told it wasn't his finest hour and should read this and that... Got stuck right into him for a while after that.

 

Still love The Magic Cottage like...

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His books are the reason I'm a horror fan - "The Rats", "The Fog", "Domain", "Lair" and "The Jonah" were the first books I borrowed from the library.. Over the summer in 1990, I think I managed to read his entire set of novels up to then in the space of those few months. Hooked.

 

They were brilliant. Haven't read them for years but at 16 years old they were the best things i'd ever read. " Immersed " is the word. Reading the pages, walking through ever dark corridor, every little noise..Is it Domain where the couple in the wood are ripped apart by the rats ?

 

Off to the library tomorrow.

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Yeah - can't have been that. I think it's Lair, after the rats have left London for the countryside.

 

It's Lair. They're getting busy on the hillside, she's having to grip the grass to stop from sliding down the hill, then the foot gets eaten

 

Even now, that is in my head. Can't remember a picture I took two days ago - but that, that has stayed with me. Gonna have to read all three again now.

 

And for those that haven't - check out '48. Great book

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I read a few of his - Rats and The Fog in particular - when I was in my early to mid-teens but I can hardly remember them now. I've recently been thinking about re-reading a few of the books I read back then to see how great/awful they are in the light of adulthood.

 

Other ones I've been considering are The Forgotten Soldier, the Sven Hassel WW2 books, Ghost Story (Peter Straub?) and some of the King books.

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