Horror Author James Herbert Dies Aged 69

Author James Herbert-1775359Author of the best-seller ‘The Rats’, James Herbert died at his home in Sussex Wednesday morning – no cause of death has been given. (Information confirmed by his publisher Pan McMillan)

James Herbert has written over 23 novels, which have been translated into 30 languages, with 54 million copies sold worldwide.

Herbert is prehaps best know for his classic ‘The Rats’, which described mutant flesh eating rats attacking the occupants of London. It was published in 1974 and sold 100,000 copies within the first two weeks of being published. This was later followed by the sequels ‘Lair’ set in Epping Forest, and then ‘Domain’ again set in London after the aftermath of a nuclear attack.


His novel ‘The Secret of Crickley Hall’ was adapted for the BBC and aired on BBC One last December. He has three novels made into movies (The Survivor, Fluke and Haunted), and his latest novel ‘Ash’ (the third novel featuring paranormal detective David Ash) was only published in paperback last week.


James Herbert was one of my favourite authors. I have been reading his novels since about the age of 13 (shhh! don’t tell my parents!), and have looked forward to each new publication with much joy and anticipation. I am very sad that the world has lost such a great author, and I know he will be greatly missed by many people, R.I.P.

Source: BBC News
Reporter: darkphoenix1701

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  1. Beat me to it… but I agree, I was reading his stuff since I was 11 and he was a God!

  2. jms1701 /

    A sad day for horror – One of the greats has gone 🙁

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