8:16 pm, Wed 20 Mar 2013
Friends, authors and other high-profile figures have taken to Twitter to pay their respects to James Herbert, who died today aged 69.
7:50 pm, Wed 20 Mar 2013
Herbert's first three books.
Credit: Pan Macmillan
James Herbert died today aged 69 after a successful career that spanned four decades.
His first two books, 'The Rats' and 'The Fog', are amongst his most famous.
The first 100,000 copies of ‘The Rats’, his first novel, sold out in three weeks.
'The Fog', published a year later in 1975 and telling the tale of a deadly fog that drives its victims insane, is also considered a horror classic.
To complete a prolific start to his career, 'The Survivor' - the story of an airline crash - was published in 1976.
7:07 pm, Wed 20 Mar 2013
James Herbert, the best-selling horror author who died today, tasted success over four decades.
Four of his books – ‘The Rats’, ‘The Survivor’, ‘Fluke and Haunted’ - were made into films
'The Secret Of Crickley Hall’ was adapted for television and ‘The Magic Cottage’ was dramatised for Radio 4
His 23rd novel, Ash, was published last week
The first 100,000 copies of ‘The Rats’, his first novel, sold out in three weeks
6:10 pm, Wed 20 Mar 2013
James Herbert was named OBE in 2010.
Credit: William Conran/PA Wire
Horror author James Herbert, whose novels have sold 54 million copies worldwide, has died aged 69.
Herbert, who wrote 'The Rats' and 23 other novels, passed away peacefully in bed at his home in Sussex this morning, his publisher Pan Macmillan said.
Jeremy Trevathan, his editor for 10 years, described him as "one of the giants of popular fiction in the 20th century".