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Old 21-03-2013, 06:59   #21
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I used to lap up his books in the 1970s, the early ones were real page turners. James Herbert's kind of massive readability is very rare and that's why he made the sort of cash other writers only dream about. You only really got it nowadays when a new Harry Potter book was being published IMO.

Martin Amis gets a lot of money because of publishing wankery and nepotism. He would never make much money based on the number of people who read his Christ-awful stories. James Herbert did get paid on the number of people who bought his books.
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Old 21-03-2013, 08:03   #22
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I actually liked the man more than I liked his work.

RIP James.
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Old 21-03-2013, 10:01   #23
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Like many others it seems, I read his books as a school kid and none afterwards. Must have stopped around Moon or Sepulchre. I met him at a book signing in my mid teens and he was a thoroughly nice chap. RIP.
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Old 21-03-2013, 12:04   #24
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great fan of some of his work, such as the aforementioned Rats books, again read in my formative years...

the one downside is that he surely paved the way for the likes of Shaun Hutson...

they're both Garth Marenghi wannabes, anyway...
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Old 21-03-2013, 12:12   #25
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Found a poll from 2002 Domain got 40% of the vote, Magic Cottage was second followed by Once. So according to that poll thats the best of his later works, although 48 seems to be getting more love from what I've read.
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Old 21-03-2013, 12:16   #26
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RIP, his books were great for the teenage boy with all the graphic sex and violence.
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Old 21-03-2013, 12:57   #27
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Found a poll from 2002 Domain got 40% of the vote, Magic Cottage was second followed by Once. So according to that poll thats the best of his later works, although 48 seems to be getting more love from what I've read.
It's very different to a lot of his other stuff but one of the best alternate history / post apocalyptic books I have read

Has Hollywood blockbuster written all over it. I'm guess James was a lot more choosy and protective of his works than similar writers of his ilk.
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Old 21-03-2013, 13:18   #28
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RIP, his books were great for the teenage boy with all the graphic sex and violence.
I remember the violence but as far as I can recall - and it's a long way back in the mists and mellow fruitfulness of time - I didn't get a single chub whilst reading one his books. But that may have been because I was too young to achieve that particular parcel of life's events. As J H probably wouldn't have said or written.
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He never did well in the movies, I think nowadays you could actually do something like The Rats but back then it was almost unfilmable but you could probably do CGI rats now. There was a film called The Rats but it wasn't very good and I don't think it bore much resemblance to the book.

Survivor is the only film I recall of his that sort of worked. I'm not sure it even had a DVD release, vanished without a trace but I'm pretty sure I've got the VHS in a box somewhere.

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Old 21-03-2013, 19:30   #30
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There was a film called The Rats but it wasn't very good and I don't think it bore much resemblance to the book.
I have vague recollections of that. It was terrible. Didn't really help when the 'rats' (which were clearly dogs dressed up as rats) started barking...

Now that effects technology has caught up, it'd still make a great film.
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Re: James Herbert RIP

The Rats is 99p on Kindle at the moment. I think I first read it about 23 or so years ago. Brilliant book, and introduced me to the fact that my parents would let me read about far more horrific stuff than they'd let me watch at 11 years old.
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I have vague recollections of that. It was terrible. Didn't really help when the 'rats' (which were clearly dogs dressed up as rats) started barking...
Yeah, I think I read about that, the 'rats' kept sitting up and begging.
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The Rats is 99p on Kindle at the moment. I think I first read it about 23 or so years ago. Brilliant book, and introduced me to the fact that my parents would let me read about far more horrific stuff than they'd let me watch at 11 years old.
Lots if his early stuff is now under a quid on Kindle. Rats, Lair, Domain, Sepulchre, Shrine, Creed and The Dark!
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Has Hollywood blockbuster written all over it. I'm guess James was a lot more choosy and protective of his works than similar writers of his ilk.
It was always one of the things that I was disappoinedt with that his books never really got turned into decent films.

I know BBC recently did The Secret of Crickley Hall, but I found that quite a disturbing read, that I didn't watch the TV series
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Would love to see The Fog done well or the rats trilogy.
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Rip James. Loved the Rats trilogy (Domain is an awesome read), The Dark(would make a great horror flick) and The spear.
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Rip James. Loved the Rats trilogy (Domain is an awesome read), The Dark(would make a great horror flick) and The spear.
The Rats would be great, I think much of the elements of The Dark have been covered in something like The Crazies though, although it'd still be great...
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Another fan here who loved his paperbacks as a young teenager. Herbert and Graham Masterton were my book diet for a couple of years...graphic sex and horror is quite the ticket at that age, but his books were very readable, very enjoyable page turners. I might track a couple down to see how they hold up. RIP Mr Herbert.

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iirc, the last fiction library book I took out was The Dark, going on for 20 years ago... very enjoyable too!
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Herbert and Masterton are great although Masterton tends to geta bit "samey" his stuff is still emimently readable (and The Manitou has been made into a movie and a relatively faithful one as well)

The same cannot be said of Hutson which I found to be poor fare
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