James Herbert, OBE: 1943-2013

We’ve just received word that legendary horror writer James Herbert has passed away at the age of 69.

After publishing his first novel, The Rats, in 1974, Herbert went on to write twenty-three horror novels, including The Fog, The Magic Cottage, Others, and The Secret of Crickley Hall (the last of which was aired as a three-part serial on BBC One in late 2012). Published in 34 languages, including Russian and Chinese, Herbert’s novels have sold over 54 million copies worldwide.

His latest novel, Ash, was published in the United states in December 2012. Herbert was awarded the OBE in 2010, the same year that he was made Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention.

Whether he was conjuring up giant rats or exploring alternate timelines, Herbert’s prose was exhilarating. He was no stranger to a kind of dark humor either, once describing his novel Creed as his version of “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.”

James Herbert was a cherished icon of genre fiction; he will be greatly missed.


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