Thursday, 11 November 2010
James Herbert's back
James Herbert will finally complete the David Ash trilogy when the long awaited new novel Ash is published next year. Ash features one of Herbert's best-loved characters, David Ash, the sceptical paranormal detective, first encountered in The Haunted and later in The Ghosts of Sleath both No. 1 bestsellers. Ash is investigating a mysterious and secluded stately home, deep in the countryside. There have been reports from locals about strange goings on, they think it might be haunted . . . What Ash eventually discovers is truly shocking.
Prepare to be chilled to the marrow when Ash comes out next March.
JAMES HERBERT AND I - when I was a teenager, it wasn't rock stars or movie stars that had me smitten but writers and horror writers Stephen King and James Herbert were two of my favourite authors and I'd write to both of them after reading one or other of their books. King never wrote back but Herbert did, every time. I wish I still had those letters. From our correspondence I felt that Herbert was something of a reluctant horror author, he certainly didn't talk about the genre as much as King did, preferring instead to allow his books to speak for themselves. And indeed Herbert often outsold King on these shores.
Back in the day Herbert's books kept me awake at night and had me checking beneath the bed before turning out the lights - but it was a good fear, a delicious chill and anyone who has ever been thrilled by a good ghost story will know what I mean. These days I read very little horror, though Christopher Ransom is very good, but I'll definitely be in line for Ash next year.
And if James Herbert does happen to read this - thanks for answering the letters. I'll have to send you a western.