James Herbert was not just Britain’s number one bestselling writer of chiller fiction, a position he held ever since publication of his first novel, but was also one of our greatest popular novelists. Widely imitated and hugely influential, his twenty-three novels have sold more than fifty-four million copies worldwide, and have been translated into over thirty languages, including Russian and Chinese. In 2010, he was made the Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention and was also awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to literature. His final novel was Ash. James Herbert died in March 2013.
To take you back to the beginning with your first book, The Rats – it’s one of the rare horror novels that seem to have transcended the genre and is a book that everyone knows about, no matter the walk of life they come from.
It is with great regret that Pan Macmillan announces the death of bestselling novelist, James Herbert OBE. James, aged 69, died peacefully in his bed this morning at his home in Sussex.
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The winner of the James Herbert Award 2015 has been chosen and we're delighted to let you know that it's... The Troop by Nick Cutter! Jim's daughter Kerry Herbert, who acted as a judge on the award, said of the book: 'Human evil meets an insatiable force of nature to wreak havoc on kids, a scout troop, no less? My father would have chuckled in his chair.'
We highly recommend this and the other 5 books on the shortlist for some horrifying Easter reading...
The ceremony to crown the winner of the James Herbert Award 2015 is tonight! Have you read any of them? Which do you think deserves to win and why?
We are absolutely delighted to share the shortlist for the inaugural James Herbert Award for Horror Writing. These 6 titles will all be in the running to win the grand prize at the end of March, but in the meantime why not pick up a copy of one -- or more! We wholeheartedly recommend them all.
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For anyone after a copy of The Rats as a glorious glow-in-the-dark limited edition hardback, they're currently available via the Pan Macmillan website.
Here's a special treat for a Thursday - it's publication day of the gorgeous limited edition hardback of The Rats, with spooky glow-in-the-dark detailing on the cover! Treat yourself to an early Halloween present!
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