The BBC have confirmed the death of one of the greats of horror fiction, James Herbert, who died this morning at his home in Sussex.
Since publishing The Rats in 1974, which sold 100,000 copies in two weeks, Herbert published another 23 novels and sold 54 million copies worldwide.
HerbertÂ receivedÂ the OBE in 2010. He is survived by his wife, Eileen, and three daughtersÂ Kerry, Emma and Casey.
Reports from the BBC and The Guardian can be read HERE and HERE
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