I was very sad to read that James Herbert passed away earlier this month.
I always had a soft spot for Herbert, not least because his novel, ‘The Rats’, was the first horror book I ever read, and the sheer brilliance – particularly for a debut novel - opened my eyes to a whole new genre.
Herbert’s books were my required reading when I was in my teens, and he helped influence my love for the horror genre. It was inevitable that his style would influence some of my work.
James Herbert will be sorely missed.