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James Herbert Has Died
The horror author was 69

20 March 2013  |  Written by James White  

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James Herbert

Horror icon and best-selling novelist James Herbert has died at the age of 69. The man who brought the world such chilling books as The Rats trilogy, Fluke and The Survivor saw several of his works adapted for radio and screens both big and small, and sold more than 54 million copies around the world.

The writer became known for big ideas and creepy visions of a world where mankind was at risk from all sorts of nightmares. His work was first adapted for the screen in 1981 with The Survivor, while The Rats reached cinemas in 1982 as Deadly Eyes, which was loosely based on the first book. Fluke and Haunted films would follow, and The Secret Of Crickley Hall was turned into a miniseries by the Beeb last December.

"Jim Herbert was one of the keystone authors in a genre that had its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s,” said Herbert’s long-time editor and publisher Jeremy Trevathan in a statement. “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. His death marks the passing of one of the giants of popular fiction in the 20th century."

Gareth Marenghi co-creator and star Matthew Holness, tweeted, “You were an inspiration, a hero, the King of the Paperbacks. Thank you and farewell, traveller.” We imagine Garth and Dean Lerner are toasting Herbert’s memory with good scotch even now.

Herbert, who was awarded an OBE in 2010, is survived by his wife Eileen and three daughters.


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RE: Gone but is still with us
Sad news indeed. Met him at a book signing once, he seemed like a really nice bloke and genuinely interested in his fans, what books they'd read etc. Funny looking fella though, short and with a slight hump and spoke with quite a gravely voice, you could imagine him being a villain in one of his own stories. Mike2005 - You should check out Garth Marenghi's "Dark Place" which was an affectionate send up of Herbert's early work and the pulp horror nonsense of people like Guy N Smith and Shau More

Posted by Discodez at 15:26 on 21 March 2013 | Report This Post

Gone but is still with us
Sad news indeed, I am a big fan, perhaps someone will now make a good film from one of is books the only one that was anywhere half good was "FLUKE" anyway he has gone but his work will still be with us. More

Posted by ODForrest at 12:30 on 21 March 2013 | Report This Post

'48
Very sad news. I'm not much of a horror fan but I read his book '48 which was brilliant. It would make an awesome film or mini series -would be a WW2-set 28 Days Later/ I am Legend affair. More

Posted by Mr Grizzly at 10:44 on 21 March 2013 | Report This Post

Fantastic storyteller.
Sad news indeed, absolutely loved Fluke, The Spear and especially Creed. Just one question, who the hell is Gareth Marenghi? More

Posted by mike2005 at 06:06 on 21 March 2013 | Report This Post

Passing of a horror master
Always has been my favourite author, recently finished what is now sadly his final work, 'Ash'. He was the single biggest influence on my own writing style. Very sad loss. :( More

Posted by herbertwest1701 at 23:38 on 20 March 2013 | Report This Post

A sad loss of a great writer!
A very sad loss of a truly talented British horror writer who has given us many great horror stories, sleepless nights and great inspiration for the new authors of today. Rest in peace More

Posted by dannyfletch at 21:23 on 20 March 2013 | Report This Post

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