14:59 21 March 2013
UK writer James Herbert has died aged 69-years-old, having passed away at his Sussex home his publisher has confirmed. Pan Macmillan said that the author died on Wednesday morning, 20thMarch, 2013.
It is believed there is no known cause of death and that Mr. Herbert died peacefully.
One of the writer’s companions took to the social network Twitter to comment on the sad news. Gordon Giltrap said: “Received some sad news this morning that my good friend James Herbert has passed away. Am in no mood for music, that’s for sure. RIP Jim.”
The news of his death comes one week after the release of Mr. Herbert’s latest novel; Ash. This story follows a detective on a mission to a castle in Scotland.
Many will know the writer for his book entitled The Rats, in which Mr. Herbert depicts the tale of London being covered by rodents, which was released in 1974. This was his first novel and brought him much success.
Selling 100,000 copies within the first fortnight of its release, it went on to later be made into a film. And this wasn’t the only one of Mr. Herbert’s stories to be transformed onto the screen.
Among his novels, of which Mr. Herbert wrote 23, were The Magic Cottage as well as The Secret of Crickley Hall. During his career the creative horror pen-man sold at least 54million copies around the world, which were made available in many different languages.
Mr. Herbert, who was born in London, leaves behind his wife and three children.
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