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James Herbert (1) (1943–2013)

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Horror writer James Herbert was born in London, England on April 8, 1943. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a singer and an art director for an advertising agency. His novels have sold more than forty-two million copies worldwide and have been translated into thirty-three languages, vis mere including Russian and Chinese. His stories are simple, yet compelling and usually have a young, jaded man as the hero. Besides writing his novels, he also designs the book covers and handles the publicity. He currently lives in London, England with his wife and children. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af James Herbert

The Rats (1974) 1,003 eksemplarer
The Fog (1975) 960 eksemplarer
Haunted (1988) 779 eksemplarer
The Magic Cottage (1986) 773 eksemplarer
Once... (2001) 707 eksemplarer
The Secret of Crickley Hall (2006) 647 eksemplarer
The Dark (1980) 634 eksemplarer
Lair (1979) 621 eksemplarer
Moon (1985) 589 eksemplarer
Domain (1984) 579 eksemplarer
'48 (1996) 570 eksemplarer
Sepulchre (1987) 546 eksemplarer
Fluke (1977) 542 eksemplarer
The Ghosts of Sleath (1994) 526 eksemplarer
Others (1999) 525 eksemplarer
The Survivor (1976) 482 eksemplarer
Creed (1990) 443 eksemplarer
Shrine (1983) 431 eksemplarer
The Spear (1978) 420 eksemplarer
Nobody True (2003) 407 eksemplarer
Portent (1992) 392 eksemplarer
Ash (2012) 302 eksemplarer
The Jonah (1981) 297 eksemplarer
Moon; Shrine; The Dark; Fluke (1985) 45 eksemplarer
The City (1993) 37 eksemplarer
The Ghosts of Sleath/'48 (1996) 26 eksemplarer
The Fog; The Spear; Sepulchre (1993) 23 eksemplarer
The Rats; Lair; Domain (2001) 15 eksemplarer
James Herbert Box Set (2003) 5 eksemplarer
Santuario (1985) 4 eksemplarer
The Rats; The Dark; Fluke (1988) 2 eksemplarer
Flesh and Blood 1 eksemplar
Besessen. Roman. (1993) 1 eksemplar
The Ghost Hunter 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Now We Are Sick: An Anthology of Nasty Verse (1991) — Bidragyder — 347 eksemplarer
The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories (2000) — Bidragyder — 298 eksemplarer
Dark Masques (2001) — Bidragyder — 137 eksemplarer
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 11 (2000) — Bidragyder — 81 eksemplarer
Dancing With the Dark (1999) — Bidragyder — 49 eksemplarer
The Mammoth Book of Body Horror (Mammoth Books) (2012) — Bidragyder — 47 eksemplarer
Classics of the Supernatural (1995) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver40 eksemplarer
The Complete Masters of Darkness (1991) — Bidragyder — 32 eksemplarer
Best Of Masques (1988) — Bidragyder — 30 eksemplarer
Masques II: All-New Stories of Horror and the Supernatural (1987) — Bidragyder — 24 eksemplarer
By Horror Haunted (1992) — Bidragyder — 19 eksemplarer
Haunted [1995 film] (1996) — Original novel — 11 eksemplarer
Gaslight and Ghosts (1988) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
Brighton Shock (2010) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer

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Juridisk navn
Herbert, James John
Land (til kort)
England, UK
London, England
Woodmancote, near Henfield, Sussex, England
London, England
Sussex, England
St Aloysius Grammar School, Highgate
Hornsey College of Art
art director
Herbert, Eileen (wife)
Priser og hædersbevisninger
World Horror Convention Grand Master Award (2010)
Order of the British Empire (Officer ∙ 2010)
Kort biografi
Herbert's first novel, The Rats, depicted London overrun by mutant flesh-eating rodents and sold 100,000 copies within two weeks of being published in 1974.
Since then, he has published 23 novels in more than 30 languages, selling 54 million copies worldwide. His latest book, Ash, was published lin March 2013.
Herbert was appointed an OBE by the Queen in 2010 - the same year he was made Grand Master of Horror by the World of Horror Convention.



One start. One glorious, glittering star.

There are bad writers.
There are bad books.
We all know and fear them: shallow, inconsistent plot, flat writing, unrelatable characters, character development absent or unbelievable. Uff.
Then, once in a Pope's death, as they say in my town, one stumbles upon bad writing pushed to the limits of the sublime.
If there is a firmament of the awful novelists, this Herbert guy shines there, next constellation to Giorgio Faletti, in the same hemisphere with the best of the worst of Thomas Harris (I am thinking Hannibal, here. He must have been on something nasty while writing that one, thanks to God for the laughs).
Plot? At the service of the manly man, intent in saving Britain from fog, madness and unmanliness.
Character development? Who needs it? Our manly man needs not changing a iota of his musky self. Women around him, on the other hand, being helpless and evidently dim-witted cannot develop by God's decree, if not in the nature of their adoration for the manly one: submissively erotic while young and desirable, maternal as soon as they start, ahem, wilting. Then, and only then, are they allowed to become intellectually gifted.
Even the Government with its Secret Departments cannot but capitulate in front of such a critical mass of testosterone and entrust him, and only him, with saving the world. Because any civilian who happens to be the only survivor immune to the effects of the fog would be left free to come and go from a secret government facility and asked to risk his life, just him, to get a sample of the evil mist. And why wouldn't they, my friends, why wouldn't they.
Style? Who needs style, when we can have body horror aplenty, the triumph of TELL WHAT YOU WANT BUT JAYSUS, NEVER SHOW, and possibly the purplest, most off-putting sex scenes ever written? Also: a bunch of possessed schoolboys lynching an ecstatic gay teacher (because gay and pedophiles are one, in Herbert's Little Britain); lesbian sex imagined by a countryside provost, and remember that lesbians will regret their mistake; and an impressive mass suicide scene.
Absolutely advised, for All the Wrong Reasons!
I will leave here some gold nuggets as soon as I can get a copy back from the library.
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Elanna76 | 14 andre anmeldelser | May 2, 2024 |
I'm disappointed.

Unlike others I've read from this author, Ash is just a slog to get through. The characters aren't very interesting, the transmission is stuck in neutral with the wheels up to the hubcaps in exposition, and I just can't care anymore.

DNF at 165/693 pages.
Doodlebug34 | 11 andre anmeldelser | Jan 21, 2024 |
They killed all the rats susceptible to poison and pesticide and can you guess what's left? Right. The immune ones. Very smart idea.

But realistic, as we've done that a lot in history. We're foolish that way. We should probably be better about how often we do it. At least it's not bacteria becoming immune to medicine this time. Rats are scary, but our bodies attacking themselves or rotting is far scarier. Sorry, James, your book trilogy is just becoming a pretty cover and me rooting for the rats, not being afraid of them.

The amount of times they were described as "tenacious beasts" or "tenacious" was a bit on the tedious side. I get it, the rats are two foot long terrors.
They're so scary only the word tenacious can be used like Lovecraft saying "queer" for odd can be abused. Both James and Howard need to not repeat themselves like this. (R.I.P both of them)

They're also evolving into slugs basically. Two headed rats with pink skin crawling about feels less scary. Just gross. I'm here for horror, not nasty gross rat slugs. Why couldn't it be a terrifying rat king not a sluggish obese pink slug? Disappointing.

There's a few sex in the woods in a horror movie and then getting killed scenes. Instead of cringing at the sex, I felt like it was karma, especially when they knew the risks. All sex scenes are cringy to me even though I'm very sexually active. There's just something about them describing their breasts and talking about how good they're humping and all that that has always made me kind of disillusioned and unamused, there's very few exceptions to books that I do not like the sexual scenes of. It's nothing against this book because it could happen in any book even Stephen King's best books and I still would hate it. Especially when they're talking about their dongs and vaginas and abusing slang words or calling them things like the one-eyed snake and such.
So the rats were here basically to quell my annoyance at a sex scene breaking out in a horror book, that old trope.

Thank you, rats.

It's definitely a downgrade from the first book, but I also trilogy I never really expect the second book to be very good. It's a rule of my life to read the second book and find it less good than the first and to read the third book and it's either either the best book or the worst book. I have one more book to read of this series and I will be leaving in my review if it was the best of the worst.

I didn't really care for the characters in the first book because I expected them all to die, but I definitely felt like their deaths were more impactful in the first book. Here it's a bunch of characters that I don't care about, and I especially don't care about after listening to the first book because now I expect everyone from the first book to be dead. And with expectations like that, I don't really care about these characters because they probably won't make it to the third book.

3.8 stars. Rounded up to four stars.
… (mere)
Yolken | 9 andre anmeldelser | Jan 11, 2024 |
They're dropping nukes, it's the end of the road, hide in the bunkers - wait. Why are the bomb shelters filled with rats?

Aw hell, here we go again.

At least I'm leaning so far into the rats winning that I no longer really care about the humans. At this point let them win. They've earned it.

Also it's now I realize this is not a trilogy but a quadrilogy. I expected this to be the end, but alas, it is not. I'm not sure how it can keep going from here. I guess I'll have to find out.… (mere)
Yolken | 10 andre anmeldelser | Jan 11, 2024 |



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