These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: James Herbert
Designated Hero: Joe Creed of Creed. Lampshaded by the narrator occasionally calling him "our hero" in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
Nightmare Fuel: Domain in particular, is nothing but Nightmare Rocket Fuel without any respite for either the characters or the reader.
Nausea Fuel/ Squick: Herbert is very, very good at invoking this reaction in the reader.
Iron Woobie: Nick Dismas, the protagonist of Others. In his previous incarnation he was a borderline monster, and he was reincarnated as a deformed baby in order to redeem himself and gain entry to Heaven, but you'd have to have a heart of stone to hear his life story and not feel sorry for him.