My Dad got me The Rats out of the library when I was nine, would you believe!? It didn't scar me-but it was quite an eye-opener, as I had never read anything like it before, at that age!
Didn't Herbert put back the date of publication of his last novel by some way? It seems we may now know the reason-ill-health.
At 9!! I was terrified reading them in my 30s!
Early stuff,as people have said was terrific. His later stuff I thought followed a formula a touch,but still a great read with a twist and red herring guaranteed.
Amazed that more of his work wasn't made into movies( epecially when the likes of Cabin in the Woods were even commissioned-total dross)
Sadly missed. Can't think of another consistent horror author....yet!