Horror master Herbert dies aged 69
Best-selling British horror writer James Herbert, who penned novels such as 'The Rats' and 'The Fog', has died suddenly at the age of 69.
Mr Herbert's editor at publisher Pan Macmillan, Jeremy Trevathan, said the writer died yesterday morning in bed at his home in Sussex.
No cause of death was given but a spokeswoman for the publisher said he had not been ill.
Mr Herbert wrote 23 novels, was published in 34 languages and sold over 54 million copies worldwide during a career that spanned nearly 40 years.
Four of his novels were made into films: 'The Survivor', 'Fluke', 'Haunted' and 'The Rats', whose silver-screen title was 'Deadly Eyes'.
"Jim Herbert was one of the keystone authors in a genre that had its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s," Mr Trevathan said.
"It's a true testament to his writing and his enduring creativity that his books continued to be huge bestsellers right up until his death."
Mr Herbert, born in London's East End, worked as an art director at an ad agency after studying at art college and began writing his first novel – 'The Rats' – when he was 28. Its first printing of 100,000 copies sold out in three weeks.
Herbert, who designed his own book covers, was awarded an OBE in 2010. He is survived by his wife, Eileen, and their three daughters.