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James Herbert, author of 'The Fog,' 'Haunted' and 'The Others,' dead at 69


Top British horror writer James Herbert has died at the age of 69. The author passed away at his home in Sussex, England, on Wednesday morning, according to his publisher, Pan Macmillan.

Herbert shot to fame in 1974 with the release of his first novel, "The Rats," about flesh-eating rodents taking over his native London. He went on to publish popular titles including "The Fog," "The Spear," "The Others" and "'48," and sold more than 54 million books worldwide. His latest release, "Ash," was published last year.

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The writer's works were often adapted for the screen: 1982's "Deadly Eyes" was based on "The Rats," and 1995 movies "Fluke" and "Haunted" were also hits, while "The Secret of Crickley Hall" was turned into a BBC TV film in December.

Herbert was awarded an Order of the British Empire medal by Queen Elizabeth II in 2010. A cause of death has yet to be released.

What a shame
I've been reading his books since I was in high school.
Great author
R.I.P. Mr. Herbert
You will be missed
Mar 20, 2013 5:56PM

the one story that gave me the willies was "The Other" The book and the movie really spooked me!!! Prayers and thoughts to his family at this time of loss.


What a terrible loss ! ! !   Posted 8-1/2 hours ago and , on the WWW, only 2 sincere comments , and 1 of them incorrect ? 

May he realize his own heaven - Day after Day of nightmares , the same he has done for others. .

Mar 20, 2013 11:41PM

Fluke is my all time favorite book. I loved his horror stories. James Herbert was brilliant and the novels he produced are the creepiest I have ever read. He will be missed.

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