A special 40th anniversary edition of the classic, bestselling novel that launched James Herbert's career was released by Pan Macmillan on May 8th 2014. Boasting a striking black and gold cover and a foreword by Neil Gaiman, this edition will reach out to a new audience with its raw, horrifying chapters. Originally published in 1974, The Rats was an instant bestseller. "The effectiveness of the gruesome set pieces and brilliant finale are all its own" - Sunday Times.
James Herbert died at his Sussex home on March 20th, 2013. His 23 novels have sold more than 54 million copies around the world and his final book, Ash, was recently published in paperback. Described as a 'keystone author' of the 1970s and '80s, his books reached out to a wide audience throughout his career. Enjoying the privacy of writing James Herbert once said: "I let the books do the talking", and to his readers across the globe, they certainly have. James Herbert, a British inspiration.
The BBC has adapted James Herbert’s The Secret Of Crickley Hall. The drama was shown in three hour-long parts on BBC1 on Sundays 18th and 25th November, concluding on Sunday 2nd December, 2012. It is now available on BBC DVD here, and is well worth a viewing!
Starring Suranne Jones as Eve Caleigh (Image right, courtesy of the BBC) and Tom Ellis as Gabe Caleigh, the project's Director is Joe Ahearne, who has previously worked on a number of Dr Who episodes starring Christopher Eccleston. Bowden Hall in Derbyshire featured as the imposing and dark World War II orphanage.
The Secret of Crickley Hall is a classic haunted house chiller, set in a Gothic-style mansion in Devonshire. Despite reservations, the Caleighs move in.
Once a home for orphans, creepy Crickly Hall has a few surprises in store for its new occupants.
With heightened interest in Britain's unrivalled Master of Horror, generated by the release of his new novel Ash (updates here), James Herbert has been on the promotion trail. Explaining how illness had drained his powers to produce Ash sooner on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff, Mr Herbert went on to share detail of his own experience of ghosts on BBC's Breakfast (Image right, courtesy of the BBC). Personal appearances also include book signings at Waterstone's and Foyles. It's great to see him fit and well.
The World Grand Master of Horror cordially invites you to an idyllic Scottish retreat with beautiful rooms, luscious gardens, a breathtaking view . . . and a basement full of secrets!
Arriving in 2012 is the long, and eagerly, awaited new novel by James Herbert. Originally announced for intended publication in October 2010, Pan Macmillan will be publishing the 700 page chiller on August 30th, 2012 – get updates here.
It is entitled Ash, featuring David Ash, the sceptical paranormal detective, first encountered in bestsellers The Ghosts of Sleath and Haunted. Ash is investigating a mysterious and secluded stately home, what he discovers is truly shocking.
Number of pages: 704
Dimensions: 234mm x 153mm
Publication Date: 30th August, 2012
James Herbert received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for Services to Literature, at Buckingham Palace in October 2010.
Quoted by the BBC, James Herbert said he was "totally staggered and deeply honoured" by the honour, adding he never imagined he would receive one for penning horror stories.
With the imminent release of his much anticipated new book Ash, James Herbert has featured in local and national publications including Sussex Life, the Argus and October 2010's issue of BN5 magazine, gracing its striking cover.
An option on NOBODY TRUE has been sold for a six figure sum to Stone Village Productions. The principal producer over there is Scott Steindorff. He produced an adaptation of Philip Roth’s THE HUMAN STAIN with Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman and is currently in production on an HBO adaptation of Richard Russo’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel EMPIRE FALLS. Many thanks to Justin, who represents James Herbert’s film and television rights in association with David Higham Associates in the UK, for this news.
Between 2002 and 2006, this site ran a poll. We asked one question: Which James Herbert book did you most enjoy? From 7793 votes in total, the results were – The Rats (325) 4%, The Fog (140) 2%, The Survivor (68) 1%, Fluke (53) 1%, The Spear (42) 1%, The Dark (101) 1%, Lair (59) 1%, The Jonah (26) 0%, Shrine (47) 1%, Domain (3097) 40% , Moon (62) 1%, The Magic Cottage (1636) 21%, Sepulchre (51) 1%, Haunted (53) 1%, Creed (79) 1%, Portent (28) 0%, The Ghosts of Sleath (127) 2%, '48 (60) 1%, Others (187) 2%, Once... (1484) 19%, Nobody True (68) 1%.
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James Herbert has been awarded The World Horror Convention Grand Master Award. A yearly distinction given to an author who has contributed greatly to the field of horror literature. James was presented with the award in March at the 2010 Convention in Brighton, and joins the illustrious company of previous winners who have included Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz, Anne Rice, Ray Bradbury, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell and Tanith Lee.
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James Herbert By Horror Haunted.
Edited by Stephen Jones (1992) New English Library.
Author photo credit: Jonathan Worth
James Herbert's publisher Pan Macmillan