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Old 20-03-2013, 18:30
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BBC Breaking News ‏@BBCBreaking 36m
Best-selling horror writer James Herbert - who wrote The Rats - dies aged 69 at home in Sussex, UK

really liked his books, I remember as a kid ' borrowing ' his books of my mum and reading them under the bed covers with a torch, Had frightful nightmares but still read them
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Old 20-03-2013, 18:33
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Oooh no .. He is my favourite author..
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Old 20-03-2013, 18:34
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He was one of my favs as well
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Old 20-03-2013, 18:38
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He was one of my favs as well
I have all his books ..and like you read the rats when I was young.. Scared the hell out of me but I was hooked
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Old 20-03-2013, 18:40
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That's a shock. I saw one of his books today and almost bought it as I hadn't read any horror for a long time.

I really liked his books RIP
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Old 20-03-2013, 18:48
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RIP James. you will be greatly missed.
ive read a lot of James Herberts books. first one was the rats and i loved it.
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Old 20-03-2013, 18:53
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RIP James. you will be greatly missed.
ive read a lot of James Herberts books. first one was the rats and i loved it.
Yes brilliant book very scary. Brilliant for the imagination though,followed by the Lair I think.

RIP Mr J Herbert.
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Old 20-03-2013, 18:55
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Very sad he was an amazing author

RIP
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Old 20-03-2013, 18:59
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His early stuff was excellent.

Had he been ill? His death seems very sudden.
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:07
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RIP James, you were my favourite author. I thought he seemed quite frail when he appeared on BBC Breakfast last September promoting his latest book 'Ash'.
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Old 20-03-2013, 20:26
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What sad news, he seemed like such a nice bloke, as well as being one of my favourite authors when I was a teenager. One of the few who could scare me and make me laugh out loud. Time to dig out some of the early stuff and enjoy him at his absolute peak. RIP James
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Old 20-03-2013, 20:27
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A terrible shock

I heard him on the radio a few months back talking about the new book he was planning.

Had he been ill?
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Old 20-03-2013, 20:29
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Gutted! Absolutely love the man and his books and am halfway through Ash at the moment. Sad to know I'll never read anything new by him again.
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Old 20-03-2013, 20:38
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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.
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Old 21-03-2013, 00:36
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Sad news. RIP.

My brother had The Rats when we were young and even the cover scared the bejeebus out of me.
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Old 21-03-2013, 05:00
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Sad news indeed, as he has always been one of my favourite horror story authors.

I borrowed The Rats and The Lair from a friend when I was about 18 and read them both within a couple of days as I could not put them down. Not only were they brilliantly written, but they seemed all the more horrific to me as most of the locations were very close to where I lived at that time, so my imagination really did run riot and I gave Epping Forest a very wide berth for many years afterwards!

RIP James, you will be greatly missed.
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Old 21-03-2013, 07:05
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Genuinely shocked with this one! I'm halfway through one of his books just now.
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Old 21-03-2013, 07:23
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that bit where it said something like 'and as it turned, its two heads looked straight ahead' when i read that i almost shit myself
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Old 21-03-2013, 07:24
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One of my favourite authors too.
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Old 21-03-2013, 10:53
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bummer.the dark is my favourite book.i remember reading it for the first time in 1983 in bed late at night during s section where the heroes are attacked in a house by an evil force.i could feel my heart going it was that scary.
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Old 21-03-2013, 11:06
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I've read several of his books and thoroughly enjoyed them - the first being 'the rats' only a few years after it came out. Since then I've never been without a James Herbert novel on the bookshelf.

I found some are better than others, some terrifying, some heart-wrenching...and I think it fitting that he lived to see 'The Secret of Crickley Hall' adapted so well for the BBC.
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Old 21-03-2013, 12:17
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Liked his books especially The Rats and The Fog. RIP !
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Old 21-03-2013, 12:25
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That's a bit of a shocker. I enjoyed some of his works but found others too gruesome for my liking. A good writer, though. RIP James Herbert.
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Old 21-03-2013, 13:12
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My favourite author, sad news

R.I.P. James
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Old 21-03-2013, 13:42
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Very sad to hear that. I think The Rats was the very first book i ever read.

RIP
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