Like many others here, his books were a staple of my early teens once I'd discovered that adult novels were so much better than the lacklustre teenage stuff I'd been yawning over. Dark, often sadistic and occasionally eyebrow-raisingly rude for a teen, I fucking loved practically everything he did and although his quality varied a little more later on he never wrote anything that I failed to finish.|
I was really pleased to see Ash last year after such a long hiatus and although it was far from his best I was looking forward to seeing what he might do next. As it turns out there won't be any more, which saddens me greatly.
Farewell, Mr Herbert. When my own son reaches his early teens I'll be sure to pass on my battered old copy of The Rats (with a stern warning not to tell his mother, of course).
#9455541, By Blerk RIP James Herbert
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