The Rats

The Rats

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**A special 40th anniversary edition of the classic, bestselling novel that launched James Herbert's career**

It was only when the bones of the first devoured victims were discovered that the true nature and power of these swarming black creatures with their razor sharp teeth and the taste for human blood began to be realised by a panic-stricken city. For millions of years man and rats had been natural enemies. But now for the first time – suddenly, shockingly, horribly – the balance of power had shifted . . .

‘The effectiveness of the gruesome set pieces and brilliant finale are all its own’ Sunday Times

About James Herbert

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.

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Nobody True
Nobody True
The Dark
The Dark
Creed
Creed
The Spear
The Spear
Ash
Ash
The Survivor
The Survivor
Moon
Moon
Others
Others
Lair
Lair
Fluke
Fluke
The Jonah
The Jonah
Shrine
Shrine
Sepulchre
Sepulchre
Domain
Domain
The Fog
The Fog
The Magic Cottage
The Magic Cottage
Haunted
Haunted
Once
Once
Portent
Portent
The Secret of Crickley Hall
The Secret of Crickley Hall
Fog
Fog

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Talking Terror: The James Herbert Interview

Talking Terror: The James Herbert Interview

09 October 2012

By Pan Macmillan

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.

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