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Author James HerbertAuthor James Herbert (April 8, 1943 - March 20, 2013) was born in the East End of London. His family lived at the back of Petticoat Lane in Whitechapel _ where Jack the Ripper once skulked _ in an area half gutted by Second World War German bombing raids. Rats ran riot in the ruins.

As a child he would sit in the playground and tell stories to the other kids, but his great passion was for drawing and painting. Age ten, he won a scholarship to St. Aloysius Grammar School, Highgate. At sixteen he went to the famous Hornsey College of Art, where he studied graphic design, print, photography and occasionally playing in a band. Finding work in advertising and design he rose quickly through the ranks of paste-up and typography to Art Director and Group Head. He married Eileen in August 1967.

At age 28 he began writing a novel and ten months later he had completed The Rats, conjuring a London overrun by mutant, flesh-eating rodents. Submitting the manuscript to six publishers, he received three replies. Two publishers rejected the novel, one wisely accepted it.

Accompanied by his wife and their three daughters, James collected an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2010. His thriller/horror books are sold in thirty-three other languages, and he is often described as one of the most influential and widely imitated authors of our time, selling over fifty million copies worldwide.

The Rats _ released as Deadly Eyes _ The Survivor, Fluke and Haunted have all turned into movies starring the likes of Robert Powell, Jenny Agutter, Sir John Gielgud, Aidan Quinn, Kate Beckinsale, Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Nancy Travis, and in Fluke, the voice of Samuel L. Jackson. In 2012, the BBC screened an adaptation of The Secret of Crickley Hall starring Suranne Jones and Tom Ellis.

James Herbert died peacefully in his bed at his home in Sussex on the morning of March 20th, 2013, aged 69. Touching tributes from his many friends and fans also underlined his great contribution to popular culture..

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Signed First Edition

Ash by James Herbert

Signed First Edition

Others by James Herbert

First Edition

'48 by James Herbert

Signed 1st UK Trade Pbk

Lair by James Herbert

The Fog
Signed 1st UK Mass Market Pbk.

The Fog by James Herbert

James Herbert Bibliography

  • The Rats (1974)
  • The Fog (1975)
  • The Survivor (1976)
  • Fluke (1977)
  • The Spear (1978)
  • Lair (1979)
  • The Dark (1980)
  • The Jonah (1981)
  • Shrine (1983)
  • Domain (1984)
  • Moon (1985)
  • The Magic Cottage (1986)
  • Sepulchre (1987)
  • Haunted (1988)
  • Creed (1990)
  • Portent (1992)
  • The Ghosts of Sleath (1994)
  • '48 (1996)
  • Others (1999)
  • Once (2001)
  • Nobody True (2003)
  • The Secret of Crickley Hall (2006)
  • Ash (2012)
Graphic Novel
  • The City (1993)
  • By Horror Haunted (1992)
  • James Herbert's Dark Places (1993)
Short Stories
  • "Maurice and Mog"
  • "Breakfast"
  • "Halloween's Child"
  • "They Don't Like Us"
  • "Extinct"
  • "Cora's Needs"

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