James John Herbert was born on the 8th of April, 1943 in London, England. James is a horror/chiller writer with more than 54 million copies of his books sold worldwide. James left school at the early age of 15, but later on went to study at the Hornsey College of Art. After graduating he went on to join a small advertising agency.
In 1974 James published his first novel called The Rats which became an instant success. A lot of people were very critical of The Rats saying that it wasn’t literature. The readers of the time were appalled by the vivid depictions of death and violence that James had written. From this point forward James went on to write a book nearly every year.
James died on the 20th March 2013 at the age of 69. He is survived by a wife and three daughters.
Here are some interesting facts about James Herbert:
James designed many of his own book covers, this may be from the benefit of having worked at an advertising agency.
Herbert was afraid of the dark as a child, but later on in life his real fear was spiders.
In 2010 James was made Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention and given an award by Stephen King.
James was also awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire, giving him the title of OBE.
Supposedly he would make sure he was finished writing every night at 6 in time to watch The Simpsons and drink a glass of Vodka.
Four of his novels have been made into films. The Rats, The Survivor, Fluke and Haunted.
James never read any of his own books.
Something that Stephen King once said about his writing: “Herbert was by no means literary, but his work had a raw urgency… His best novels, The Rats and The fog, had the effect of Mike Tyson in his championship days: no finesse, all crude power. Those books were best sellers because many readers (including me) were too horrified to put them down.”
Some writing by James Herbert you should check out:
Ash The Fog The Rats The Magic Cottage Fluke
The Survivor The Dark Shrine The Spear The Jonah Lair
Moon Nobody True Haunted Domain Sepulchre
Portent The Secret of Crickley Hall Once Creed The Ghosts of Sleath
They Don’t Like Us Breakfast Maurice and Mog
Halloweens Child Cora’s Needs Extinct