Books by James Herbert

James Herbert is Britain's number one bestselling writer (a position he has held ever since publication of his first novel) and one of the world's top writers of thriller/horror fiction. He is one of our greatest popular novelists, whose books are sold in

To Jonah, When You Are Twenty-Five by James Herbert
Released: May 8, 2014

"A smart memoir, wrapped inside an overly didactic advice book."
Herbert's (Creating the AHRC, 2008) latest book—half epistolary memoir, half advice guide— tells young adults why they should be serious about their work. Read full book review >
ASH by James Herbert
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"A yarn that has almost everything wrong with it, yet still reveals a compelling truth."
Curious blend of supernatural horror and conspiracy theory, from the veteran ghost-chaser (The Secret of Crickley Hall, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
ONCE... by James Herbert
Released: May 1, 2001

"Leaf-clogged suspense until a slashing succubus appears to add stress to Thom's recovery."
After ringing changes on Victor Hugo in Others (1999), Herbert now takes us to a fairyland decidedly not out of James M. Barrie. Read full book review >
OTHERS by James Herbert
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Even so, Nick Dismas remains one of the most tenderly drawn monsters since Hugo's bell-ringer. ($75,000 ad/promo)"
Prolific horror writer Herbert (Portent, 1996, etc.) revives a sentimental favorite, Victor Hugo's Quasimodo, dresses him up in a modern setting, and sends him forth as Nicholas Dismas, private investigator. Read full book review >
'48 by James Herbert
Released: July 1, 1997

"But the plot goes forward like a tiresome movie crunchfest, action scene upon action scene, boom upon boom."
Mad Max meets dystopian London bloodsuckers three years after the Allies lose WW II, in a what-if tale by the author of (among 18 others) the much richer, or at least completely different, Portent (1996). Read full book review >
PORTENT by James Herbert
Released: July 1, 1996

"This may be Herbert's best novel, its prose keen, characters crisp, and pace terrific, though the world-shattering end is disappointly unsurprising and generic."
Herbert's 18th horror novel works toward another of his familiar apocalyptic climaxes (The Ghosts of Sleath, 1995, etc.) but features perhaps his finest writing. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Familiar stuff, working toward Sleath's invasion by a flesh- mist, but page by page Herbert grips by anchoring us into his skeptical psychic investigator."
For his 17th horror novel, Herbert goes back to Haunted (1989) to recover his footing after some weaker tries to scare the reader. Read full book review >