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James Herbert, OBE (8th April 1943 - 20th March 2013) was one of Britain’s most bestselling and prolific horror novelists. His stories are notable for their highly descriptive narratives and graphic depictions of sex, carnage, and destruction. His first book, ''The Rats'', was rejected by several publishers, but was finally published in 1974, and sold out within three weeks, despite (or because of) widespread criticism from reviewers for its graphic depictions of mutilation and death, some going as far to label it as social commentary about the government’s neglect of the post-war London suburbs and the underclasses as too extreme. At the time of his death, he had written 24 novels, several short stories, and even one graphic novel, ''The City''. Some of his works have been adapted into other media, most notably ''The Rats'', which was adapted into the film ''Deadly Eyes'' in 1982, and even into a 1985 computer game, titled… [[ShapedLikeItself ''The Rats'']] for the Commodore 64 and Sinclair Spectrum.


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!Bibliography:

!!Novels

* ''Literature/TheRats'' (1974)
* ''Literature/TheFog'' (1975)
* ''The Survivor'' (1976)
* ''Fluke'' (1977)
* ''The Spear'' (1978)
* ''Lair'' (1979)
* ''The Dark'' (1980)
* ''The Jonah'' (1981)
* ''Shrine'' (1983)
* ''Domain'' (1984)
* ''Moon'' (1985)
* ''The Magic Cottage'' (1986)
* ''Sepulchre'' (1987)
* ''Literature/{{Haunted 1988}}'' (1988)
* ''Creed'' (1990)
* ''Portent'' (1992)
* ''The Ghosts of Sleath'' (1994)
* '''48 (1996)''
* ''Others (1999)''
* ''Once (2001)''
* ''Nobody True (2003)''
* ''The Secret of Crickley Hall (2006)''
* ''Ash (2013)''

!!Graphic novel:

* ''The City (1993)''

!!Non-fiction

* ''By Horror Haunted (1992)''
* ''James Herbert's Dark Places (1993)''

!!Short stories:

* ''Maurice and Mog'' (cut from some early editions of ''Domain'')
* ''Breakfast'' (cut from some early editions of ''Domain)
* ''The Ghost Hunter (excerpt from ''Haunted'')
* ''Halloween's Child''
* ''They Don't Like Us''
* ''Extinct''
* ''Cora's Needs''

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!!Works by James Herbert provide examples of:

* AfterTheEnd: Played with in '' '48'' and ''Domain''.
* AnAstralProjectionNotaGhost: The plot of Nobody True.
* AntiHero: Herbert protagonists usually fall between Type II and III. A notable exception is Joe Creed, who comes off as a mix of I and IV, and given the tongue-in-cheek tone of ''Creed'', these traits make him seem like a borderline {{Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist}}.
* AssholeVictim: This comes up quite a lot. Many minor characters are fleshed out and some of them are revealed to be rather unlikable and unpleasant, even depraved at worst. They often die horribly. This isn't a strict rule, however, as some other minor characters are more sympathetic, and some actually live.
* BadassNormal: Most of Herbert's heroes are these.
** EmpoweredBadassNormal
** BadassTeacher: Harris, the protagonist of ''The Rats'', and Childs of ''Moon''.
* BitchInSheepsClothing
* BodyHorror: ''Others'' is quite notable for this, as the hero was himself born hideously deformed [[spoiler:and later discovers a large group of unfortunates with defects even ''more'' repulsive and horrifying than his who are kept as lab rats]].
* BookEnds: At the beginning of ''Domain'' Culver, Dealey and Kate manage to get into the government shelter in the nick of time while everyone around them is killed either by the nukes or rats, or are exposed to lethal amounts of fallout. By the end of the novel, the three of them [[spoiler: are the only survivors of the government shelter and they are saved in the nick of time by three RAF Puma helicopters before they are overrun by the rats, though Kate loses a hand and Dealey is seriously wounded by the rats.]]
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler: Culver, Dealey and Kate are ultimately rescued by three RAF Puma helicopters who pick them up from the Thames, in the middle of a devastated London, before the rats can get them.]]
* CelebrityResemblance: Joe Creed from ''Creed'' is described as looking a little like a sleazy Mickey Rourke. This, however, was written before Rourke went back to boxing, and subsequently had reconstructive surgery...
* CrapsackWorld
* DaylightHorror
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: ''Shrine'' is centred around a little girl who is an apparent "faith healer", but who turns out to be possessed by the vengeful spirit of a [[NunTooHoly wicked nun]].]]
** Also this is apparently what happens in the ending of ''The Jonah".
* {{Determinator}}: The traveler in "The City." Not even [[spoiler: having to kill his own wife]] will cause him to pause in his quest.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: By the ''truckload''.
* FullFrontalAssault: Whenever this happens, it's usually {{Fan Disservice}}.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Frequently.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler: Thom Kindred from ''Once...'' is the son of a human male and a faerie woman.]]
** [[spoiler: A more horrifying example occurs in ''Domain'', where the protagonist discovers that a giant mutant rat, the hideous "Mother Creature", has given birth to what appear to be rat/human hybrids. A group of these, fully grown and capable of speech and tool use, appear in the semi-canonical sequel, ''The City''.]]
* HumansAreBastards
* InfantImmortality: Often horrifically inverted.
* FromBadToWorse: Oh, ''yes''.
* KnightInSourArmour: This is almost a requirement for a Herbert protagonist.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: The mutant rats in his Rats trilogy.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat
* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable
* PapaWolf: Some of Herbert's protagonists go into this mode when defending children. Even Joe Creed, who is a deadbeat dad, and a coward besides, who finds his son "obnoxious"(with some justification), goes into this mode when the boy is kidnapped.
* PosthumousCharacter/ {{Posthumous Narration}}: ''Nobody True''.
* SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism
* ThoseWackyNazis: A huge conspiracy of these appear in ''The Spear'' as the main antagonists.
* TraumaCongaLine: ''Domain''. It starts off with [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill five nukes]] [[NukeEm being dropped on London]], then survivors being attacked and devoured alive in an underground rail tunnel by [[RodentsOfUnusualSize outsized, carnivorous mutant rats]], and [[FromBadToWorse that's just the first act]]. Not once do the characters get any genuine respite from all the horror.
* TwoBeingsOneBody: The mother rat from the ''The Rats'' has two heads.

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James Herbert, OBE (8th April 1943 - 20th March 2013) was one of Britain’s most bestselling and prolific horror novelists. His stories are notable for their highly descriptive narratives and graphic depictions of sex, carnage, and destruction. His first book, ''The Rats'', was rejected by several publishers, but was finally published in 1974, and sold out within three weeks, despite (or because of) widespread criticism from reviewers for its graphic depictions of mutilation and death, some going as far to label it as social commentary about the government’s neglect of the post-war London suburbs and the underclasses as too extreme. At the time of his death, he had written 24 novels, several short stories, and even one graphic novel, ''The City''. Some of his works have been adapted into other media, most notably ''The Rats'', which was adapted into the film ''Deadly Eyes'' in 1982, and even into a 1985 computer game, titled… [[ShapedLikeItself ''The Rats'']] for the Commodore 64 and Sinclair Spectrum.


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!Bibliography:

!!Novels

* ''Literature/TheRats'' (1974)
* ''Literature/TheFog'' (1975)
* ''The Survivor'' (1976)
* ''Fluke'' (1977)
* ''The Spear'' (1978)
* ''Lair'' (1979)
* ''The Dark'' (1980)
* ''The Jonah'' (1981)
* ''Shrine'' (1983)
* ''Domain'' (1984)
* ''Moon'' (1985)
* ''The Magic Cottage'' (1986)
* ''Sepulchre'' (1987)
* ''Literature/{{Haunted 1988}}'' (1988)
* ''Creed'' (1990)
* ''Portent'' (1992)
* ''The Ghosts of Sleath'' (1994)
* '''48 (1996)''
* ''Others (1999)''
* ''Once (2001)''
* ''Nobody True (2003)''
* ''The Secret of Crickley Hall (2006)''
* ''Ash (2013)''

!!Graphic novel:

* ''The City (1993)''

!!Non-fiction

* ''By Horror Haunted (1992)''
* ''James Herbert's Dark Places (1993)''

!!Short stories:

* ''Maurice and Mog'' (cut from some early editions of ''Domain'')
* ''Breakfast'' (cut from some early editions of ''Domain)
* ''The Ghost Hunter (excerpt from ''Haunted'')
* ''Halloween's Child''
* ''They Don't Like Us''
* ''Extinct''
* ''Cora's Needs''

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!!Works by James Herbert provide examples of:

* AfterTheEnd: Played with in '' '48'' and ''Domain''.
* AnAstralProjectionNotaGhost: The plot of Nobody True.
* AntiHero: Herbert protagonists usually fall between Type II and III. A notable exception is Joe Creed, who comes off as a mix of I and IV, and given the tongue-in-cheek tone of ''Creed'', these traits make him seem like a borderline {{Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist}}.
* AssholeVictim: This comes up quite a lot. Many minor characters are fleshed out and some of them are revealed to be rather unlikable and unpleasant, even depraved at worst. They often die horribly. This isn't a strict rule, however, as some other minor characters are more sympathetic, and some actually live.
* BadassNormal: Most of Herbert's heroes are these.
** EmpoweredBadassNormal
** BadassTeacher: Harris, the protagonist of ''The Rats'', and Childs of ''Moon''.
* BitchInSheepsClothing
* BodyHorror: ''Others'' is quite notable for this, as the hero was himself born hideously deformed [[spoiler:and later discovers a large group of unfortunates with defects even ''more'' repulsive and horrifying than his who are kept as lab rats]].
* BookEnds: At the beginning of ''Domain'' Culver, Dealey and Kate manage to get into the government shelter in the nick of time while everyone around them is killed either by the nukes or rats, or are exposed to lethal amounts of fallout. By the end of the novel, the three of them [[spoiler: are the only survivors of the government shelter and they are saved in the nick of time by three RAF Puma helicopters before they are overrun by the rats, though Kate loses a hand and Dealey is seriously wounded by the rats.]]
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler: Culver, Dealey and Kate are ultimately rescued by three RAF Puma helicopters who pick them up from the Thames, in the middle of a devastated London, before the rats can get them.]]
* CelebrityResemblance: Joe Creed from ''Creed'' is described as looking a little like a sleazy Mickey Rourke. This, however, was written before Rourke went back to boxing, and subsequently had reconstructive surgery...
* CrapsackWorld
* DaylightHorror
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: ''Shrine'' is centred around a little girl who is an apparent "faith healer", but who turns out to be possessed by the vengeful spirit of a [[NunTooHoly wicked nun]].]]
** Also this is apparently what happens in the ending of ''The Jonah".
* {{Determinator}}: The traveler in "The City." Not even [[spoiler: having to kill his own wife]] will cause him to pause in his quest.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: By the ''truckload''.
* FullFrontalAssault: Whenever this happens, it's usually {{Fan Disservice}}.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Frequently.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler: Thom Kindred from ''Once...'' is the son of a human male and a faerie woman.]]
** [[spoiler: A more horrifying example occurs in ''Domain'', where the protagonist discovers that a giant mutant rat, the hideous "Mother Creature", has given birth to what appear to be rat/human hybrids. A group of these, fully grown and capable of speech and tool use, appear in the semi-canonical sequel, ''The City''.]]
* HumansAreBastards
* InfantImmortality: Often horrifically inverted.
* FromBadToWorse: Oh, ''yes''.
* KnightInSourArmour: This is almost a requirement for a Herbert protagonist.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: The mutant rats in his Rats trilogy.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat
* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable
* PapaWolf: Some of Herbert's protagonists go into this mode when defending children. Even Joe Creed, who is a deadbeat dad, and a coward besides, who finds his son "obnoxious"(with some justification), goes into this mode when the boy is kidnapped.
* PosthumousCharacter/ {{Posthumous Narration}}: ''Nobody True''.
* SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism
* ThoseWackyNazis: A huge conspiracy of these appear in ''The Spear'' as the main antagonists.
* TraumaCongaLine: ''Domain''. It starts off with [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill five nukes]] [[NukeEm being dropped on London]], then survivors being attacked and devoured alive in an underground rail tunnel by [[RodentsOfUnusualSize outsized, carnivorous mutant rats]], and [[FromBadToWorse that's just the first act]]. Not once do the characters get any genuine respite from all the horror.
* TwoBeingsOneBody: The mother rat from the ''The Rats'' has two heads.

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17th Feb '14 2:24:17 AM AgProv
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* ''TheRats'' (1974)

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* ''TheRats'' ''Literature/TheRats'' (1974)
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* ''The Rats'' ''TheRats'' (1974)
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James Herbert, OBE (8th April 1943 - 20th March 2013) was one of Britain’s most bestselling and prolific horror novelists. His stories are notable for their highly descriptive narratives and graphic depictions of sex, carnage, and destruction. His first book, ''The Rats'', was rejected by several publishers, but was finally published in 1974, and sold out within three weeks, despite (or because of) widespread criticism from reviewers for its graphic depictions of mutilation and death, some going as far to label its social commentary about the government’s neglect of the post-war London suburbs and the underclasses as too extreme. At the time of his death, he had written 24 novels, several short stories, and even one graphic novel, ''The City''. Some of his works have been adapted into other media, most notably ''The Rats'', which was adapted into the film ''Deadly Eyes'' in 1982, and even into a 1985 computer game, titled… [[ShapedLikeItself ''The Rats'']] for the Commodore 64 and Sinclair Spectrum.


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James Herbert, OBE (8th April 1943 - 20th March 2013) was one of Britain’s most bestselling and prolific horror novelists. His stories are notable for their highly descriptive narratives and graphic depictions of sex, carnage, and destruction. His first book, ''The Rats'', was rejected by several publishers, but was finally published in 1974, and sold out within three weeks, despite (or because of) widespread criticism from reviewers for its graphic depictions of mutilation and death, some going as far to label its it as social commentary about the government’s neglect of the post-war London suburbs and the underclasses as too extreme. At the time of his death, he had written 24 novels, several short stories, and even one graphic novel, ''The City''. Some of his works have been adapted into other media, most notably ''The Rats'', which was adapted into the film ''Deadly Eyes'' in 1982, and even into a 1985 computer game, titled… [[ShapedLikeItself ''The Rats'']] for the Commodore 64 and Sinclair Spectrum.




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15th Feb '14 7:23:49 AM Farnham
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* TheCavalry: [[spoiler: Culver, Dealey and Kate are ultimately rescued by three RAF Puma helicopters who pick them up from the Thames, in the middle of devastated London, before the rats can get them.]]

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* TheCavalry: [[spoiler: Culver, Dealey and Kate are ultimately rescued by three RAF Puma helicopters who pick them up from the Thames, in the middle of a devastated London, before the rats can get them.]]
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* BookEnds: At the beginning of ''Domain'' Culver, Dealey and Kate manage to get into the government shelter in the nick of time while everyone around them is killed either by the nukes or rats, or are exposed to lethal amounts of fallout. By the end of the novel, the three of them [[spoiler: are the only survivors of the government shelter and they are saved in the nick of time by three RAF Puma helicopters before they are overrun by the rats, though Kate loses a hand and Dealey is seriously wounded by the rats.]]
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler: Culver, Dealey and Kate are ultimately rescued by three RAF Puma helicopters who pick them up from the Thames, in the middle of devastated London, before the rats can get them.]]
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* * TwoBeingsOneBody: The mother rat from the ''The Rats'' has two heads.

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* * TwoBeingsOneBody: The mother rat from the ''The Rats'' has two heads.
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* * TwoBeingsOneBody: The mother rat from the ''The Rats'' has two heads.
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** BadassAbnormalEmpoweredBadassNormal
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