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Old 20-03-2013, 18:14   #1
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James Herbert RIP

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Old 20-03-2013, 18:32   #2
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RIP, used to love Reading his books in my younger days, actually bought "The Survivor" in WH Smiths in Cardiff the morning of the Lockerbie Disaster before it happened.

Sent chills down my spine, especially when you read the content of the book.
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Old 20-03-2013, 18:37   #3
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I was a big fan of his early stuff when I was at school. The Rats trilogy, The Dark & The Spear were personal favourites back then (The Rats was one of those books that got passed around class for people to read the 'rude' bits.)

& I remember being incredibly confused while reading The Fog as a teenager, as it was nothing like John Carpenter's movie of the same name.


R.I.P. Mr Herbert.
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Old 20-03-2013, 18:39   #4
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yeah, still got on my Book Shelf The Rats, The Spear, The Survivor, Haunted and Creed.

Will need to read one of his books now in remembrance.
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:09   #5
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RIP. Loved 'Domain'.

Still have 'Ash on my Kindle from some cheap amazon offer. Might give that a read now.
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:15   #6
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The original dreamweaver. Very sad. I was given The Rats as a present from my uncle when I was about 10. I don't think a more perfect book could have existed for my 10 year old self; it really did blow my fragile little mind. Gave me a deep love of horror fiction and reading.

Will be sadly missed by me. I thought he'd go on forever.
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:16   #7
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48 for me is possibly my all time fav. Love it and hoped that maybe a mini series would develop that would do it justice.

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Old 20-03-2013, 19:17   #8
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:32   #9
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Damn, was also a fan of his earlier work (on my young and impressionable mind).

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R.I.P.

'Fluke' was one of my fave books as a youngster and is one of those books that I can still just read again and again.
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Count me as another of those who had the rats passed around surreptitiously at school as a must read, definitely a childhood highlight (the Harry Potter of our day?) Went on to read everyone of his novels up to Creed, by which time was finding them repetitive. Now wonder whats his best work since Creed if I return in honour to my favourite author of my teenage years. There must be a poll on a Herbert website, might have to go a searchin'. For me his best works are the rats trilogy, survivor and the Fog. The Fog is my personal favourite for the wicked sense of humour and the place he took the tale with everyone going mad. Was also confused and dissappointed when I saw the film.
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:49   #12
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RIP.

Echo the love for The Rats and that trilogy as a whole. Best since Creed is probably '48 imo, although I have a fondness for Nobody True.
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I met him in the Cafe Munchen in the late 80s/1990 as a winner in a Starburst competition with a crowd of others. Despite me making a complete tit of myself and being more than half cut, he was a lovely man, and spent 15 minutes with me describing the new book he was writing and just talking. He made sure he talked to everyone, one to one.
Rest in peace, James.
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Old 20-03-2013, 20:05   #14
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Legendary writer...

My first introduction to horror. So many titles from my youth.
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Yep, great author and The Rats was a real shocker for it's time because it was so openly graphic

My personal favourite is The Dark, though it's really a ripoff of The Fog in many ways
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Very sad

The Magic Cottage and Moon were my favourites
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Sad news

Grew up reading his books, other that The Rats trilogy, favourites are '48 and Sepulchre.
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Personal fave was Others, a real stand out read, absolutely brutal stuff

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The man that introduced the 11 year old me to "Adult Fiction". Can still remember meeting a boy I have long since lost touch with called Steven Vosper on my first day of Secondary School letting me read some of his The Rats book, and going to WHSmith on the way home to school to buy that and The Fog and was hooked from then on.

His early stuff were Pulp Horror classics, while his later stuff had more physiological horror. One of the few authors I have read every single book that they wrote and despite some being better than others cant remember a duff one.

RIP James.

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Count me as another of those who had the rats passed around surreptitiously at school as a must read, definitely a childhood highlight (the Harry Potter of our day?
Funny you should say that as when the Harry Potter book craze was at its height, I used to think at the time 'in my day, we would be reading about rats attacking schools and eating teachers, or gym masters having the balls cut off by there class'

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RIP. Read all his books in my younger days. Oddly I was about to re-read Fluke on my Kindle.
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