RIP James Herbert

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  • Dougs 20 Mar 2013 19:38:17 69,516 posts
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    RIP. Read a huge amount of his work as a teenager, The Rats trilogy was awesome and his books were always good for some low grade smut!

    Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mobileweb/2013/03/20/james-herbert-death_n_2916972.html

    Edited by Dougs at 19:39:25 20-03-2013
  • King_Edward 20 Mar 2013 19:40:33 11,471 posts
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    Oh no! Fluke was the book that started me off on horror stories. Read a lot of his stuff since. What a shame.
  • Dougs 20 Mar 2013 19:41:42 69,516 posts
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    Yeah I think Fluke was my first book of his too. Didn't realise he published a new one last week.
  • chopsen 20 Mar 2013 19:47:32 16,290 posts
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    Also read a load of his books as a teenager. Very formulaic but loads of blood, guts and sex. What else does a growing boy need, eh?

    Oddly, I though Fluke was one of his poorer books. But then that is one of the ones that was turned in to a film, so what do I know?

    The 3rd one in the Rats trilogy I remember being particularly good. The one with the nuclear war in it.
  • jonsaan 20 Mar 2013 19:51:59 25,440 posts
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    Oh no. This makes me very sad. Especially as I bought his latest just today. RIP James. So many great stories.

    Reading that article it seems we share a birthday. I'll have a drink for you Jim!

    Edited by jonsaan at 19:53:47 20-03-2013

    FCUTA!

  • Ged42 20 Mar 2013 19:55:05 7,807 posts
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    Damn, really enjoyed Rats, Fluke and 48 as a lad. :(
  • Scimarad 20 Mar 2013 19:59:31 8,635 posts
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    RIP Mr Herbert

    Read tons of his books when I was younger.
  • Deleted user 20 March 2013 20:03:35
    I don't believe it! Having just been given a kindle for my birthday by my wife last week the first thing I bought was Ash, which I'm now halfway through. That inspired me to buy others of his I've enjoyed in the past so bought a few more, like The Rats, The Dark, Haunted, Ghosts of Sleath and Creed. I was at work today and bored, ended up wiki'ing him and finding out his age. The weirdest part was walking home from work I wondered what it was like to be an author at that age and if he thought that he had just a finite amount of books left to put out.

    I then log on here and find he has died. A real shame, his books were some of the first I read, like others on here, when I was young and definitely part of the reason I write now.

    RIP James, tonight I'm going to continue reading your work and have a drink for you. Thank you for the stories.
  • Dougs 20 Mar 2013 20:13:34 69,516 posts
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    Chopsen wrote:
    Also read a load of his books as a teenager. Very formulaic but loads of blood, guts and sex. What else does a growing boy need, eh?

    Oddly, I though Fluke was one of his poorer books. But then that is one of the ones that was turned in to a film, so what do I know?

    The 3rd one in the Rats trilogy I remember being particularly good. The one with the nuclear war in it.
    Fluke was just a bit more mainstream I think. I think I'll hunt down his latest and then read Rats after. Will have to dig it out from the loft though...
  • CosmicFuzz 20 Mar 2013 20:24:10 25,628 posts
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    When I was young I flicked through my mother's copy of Once... and read all the sex scenes. What a dirty wee bastard.

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  • CosmicFuzz 20 Mar 2013 20:24:19 25,628 posts
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    Also RIP

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  • Armoured_Bear 20 Mar 2013 20:36:42 11,900 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    RIP. Read a huge amount of his work as a teenager, The Rats trilogy was awesome and his books were always good for some low grade smut!

    Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mobileweb/2013/03/20/james-herbert-death_n_2916972.html
    +1
    Overuse of the word "rump" was awesome.

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  • DaM 20 Mar 2013 20:43:20 13,529 posts
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    He would have become a worldwide superstar author for teenage boys if he had just cut out the horror nonsense and concentrated on the low grade smut! It was never hard to find in library books, they just fell open at the correct pages - the rest were probably stuck together :)
  • CosmicFuzz 20 Mar 2013 20:43:55 25,628 posts
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    Hahaha so true.

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  • Youthist 20 Mar 2013 20:47:01 10,083 posts
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    What done him? Only 69, so assume Cancer?

    "Good chess players think one move ahead. Great chess players think two or three moves ahead."

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    Can't see anywhere that's said yet...
  • Bulbatron 20 Mar 2013 21:16:00 857 posts
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    Didn't think much of Ash, but On the whole I really enjoy his books. RIP.

    Wow - what a mansion!

  • jonsaan 20 Mar 2013 21:25:16 25,440 posts
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    A very early encounter with the concept of FHUTA in the Rats as I recall. Something about a woman having an affair at work and the cad using her 'anus as a vagina'. Might have been Lair.

    FCUTA!

  • Jmek 20 Mar 2013 21:44:51 1,358 posts
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    Sad news, the Jonah freaked me out as a kid. R.I.P. James.
  • Deleted user 20 March 2013 23:06:26
    Yes RIP James. His books were required reading for teenagers back in the 80's, due to passages of extreme horror and of course all that sex!
  • RedSparrows 20 Mar 2013 23:08:23 24,248 posts
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    The Rats horrified me as a kid. Horrified and entranced.
  • J.C 20 Mar 2013 23:24:50 1,277 posts
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    Gutted. i picked up Ash only yesterday after waiting years for it. i loved haunted and the ghosts of sleath. love his books. R.I.P
  • Blerk Moderator 20 Mar 2013 23:39:17 48,225 posts
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    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). :)

    /salutes
  • Pure-Ultra 21 Mar 2013 00:26:43 741 posts
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    The rats, lair, domain. Awesome. Also loved the dark and the fog.
  • Murbs 21 Mar 2013 08:22:33 22,586 posts
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    Oh shit :-(

    Remember Tony at school ruining Haunted for me. I wrote an essay at school on the Rats trilogy. Big part of my teenage life, reading Herbert was.

    Edited by Murbal at 08:33:29 21-03-2013
  • Deleted user 21 March 2013 08:29:42
    I loved his books as a kid. Who would have thought tales of a country vet could be so exciting.
  • Dougs 21 Mar 2013 08:50:03 69,516 posts
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    DaM wrote:
    He would have become a worldwide superstar author for teenage boys if he had just cut out the horror nonsense and concentrated on the low grade smut! It was never hard to find in library books, they just fell open at the correct pages - the rest were probably stuck together :)
    Lol, that's bang on.

    @Kal :D
  • Trafford 21 Mar 2013 09:20:27 5,972 posts
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    RIP Jim.
    Just been reminiscing at work about that golden age of horror writing. Nature gone awry, Jaws started it all I guess, Grizzly, Rats, Crabs, Slugs, Orca, Pirahna. There was even one about a killer Pike in Lake Windermere.
  • S.J.Rogers 21 Mar 2013 10:04:09 3,557 posts
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    Oh Bugger..!

    As most on here, James Herbert's books got me into reading as a kid.

    While my class mates were doing book reports on The Lion the Witch and the wardrobe and other kids books, i was doing mine on The Rats, Lair and The Fog.

    I have read so many of his books and enjoyed them all, i was listening to the BBC's version of the Magic Cottage just the other day while cleaning the house.

    I remember one about a deformed private detective that was very good..! I would like to read that again.

    Good luck James researching your new work...
  • PearOfAnguish 21 Mar 2013 10:26:42 7,500 posts
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    Shame, he provided a nice steady diet of gruesome horror and filthy smut. The Rats trilogy was great, as was The Fog, The Dark and '48.

    S.J.Rogers wrote:
    I remember one about a deformed private detective that was very good..! I would like to read that again.
    That's The Others. One of his best I think.
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