We pay tribute to horror writer James Herbert

Author James Herbert. (Picture: William Conram/PA)

Author James Herbert. (Picture: William Conram/PA)

Book industry figures around the world have expressed their sadness at the death of bestselling horror writer, James Herbert, at home in Sussex yesterday (21 March). Herbert was 69. He was a bestselling author of horror fiction and had outsold Stephen King in the UK.

On Twitter, fellow writer Peter James said: “Deeply saddened to hear today that my dear friend, writer James Herbert, died last night. Will miss you lots, Jim, you were a diamond. RIP.” Crime writer Mark Billingham said: “Sad to hear about James Herbert. The Rats was one of first novels I read outside school. Enjoyed watching my son read it. RIP.” Crime writer Ian Rankin tweeted: “ Sad news about James Herbert – as a teen, I scared myself silly reading him. He led me to King, Barker, others. RIP …”

The BBC recently dramatised Herbert’s ‘The Secret of Crickley Hall’. His most recent publication was ‘Ash

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