A wildly popular master of suspense throughout the 1980s, James Herbert’s fast-paced, high-urgency storytelling has found new life in the audiobook format, where his pause-resistors have staked their place for posterity. The action-packed immediacy of his work lends itself well to vocal interpretation, and fervent English actor Steven Pacey (Blake’s 7, Distant Shores) proves it with his crisp, quick-clipped conveyance of Haunted, in which Herbert introduces dogged reporter David Ash. When Ash investigates claims of paranormal activity at an aged rural estate, he suddenly finds himself trapped inside the haunted house, chased by nightmarish ghosts from his past. With riveting psychological suspense that recalls such greats as Agatha Christie and Stephen King, Haunted weaves elements of horror, mystery, and fantasy to spine-chilling effect.
A ghostly twist. Three nights of terror at the house called Edbrook. Three nights in which David Ash, there to investigate a haunting, will be victim of horrifying games. Three nights in which he will face the blood-chilling enigma of his own past. Three hideous nights before Edbrook's dreadful secret will be revealed...And the true nightmare will begin.to the surface, tormenting him, refusing to let him rest. The memory of what he once had been.
James Herbert was one of Britain’s greatest popular novelists and our #1 best-selling writer of chiller fiction. Widely imitated and hugely influential, he wrote 23 novels which have collectively sold over 54 million copies worldwide and been translated into 34 languages. Born in London in the forties, James Herbert was art director of an advertising agency before turning to writing fiction in 1975.
His first novel, The Rats, was an instant bestseller and is now recognised as a classic of popular contemporary fiction. Herbert went on to publish a new top ten best-seller every year until 1988. He wrote six more bestselling novels in the 1990s and three more since: Once, Nobody True and The Secret of Crickley Hall. Herbert died in March 2013 at the age of 69.
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“Herbert was by no means literary, but his work had a raw urgency. His best novels, The Rats and The Fog, had the effect of Mike Tyson in his championship days: no finesse, all crude power. Those books were best sellers because many readers (including me) were too horrified to put them down.” (Stephen King)
“There are few things I would like to do less than lie under a cloudy night sky while someone read aloud the more vivid passages of Moon. In the thriller genre, do recommendations come any higher?” (Andrew Postman, The New York Times Book Review)“Herbert goes out in a blaze of glory” (Daily Mail)
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While listening, I thought two things, it must have been written in the 70's and that it was written for a movie. It was actually published in 1988 and it did start out as a script. The book has a sort of Ira Levine feel do it. Most of the scary happens toward the end and by today's scary, gory books, it is not that scary. It does build to a pretty good climax and from chapter 23 on it really gets good.
At first I thought the main character a little silly, since he did not believe in the supernatural, but did believe in the paranormal and telepathy. By the end this makes more since and I can not explain without giving away the plot.
I normally would not read another book by the author if the first book is only worth three stars, but in reading Herbert's bio, it sounds like his very first book Rats, might have been his best and pretty good by today's standard. He was criticized for it being too gory and too negative about London slums.
When I want really scary I turn to the three K's, King, Koontz and Kilborn.
The only problem with this book is that it is too short!
Apart from that its a very clever little story and it does in fact trick you all the way, when it ended I thought oh my god I did not expect that!
After listening to ash I wanted more and got it in this book David Ash at his best goes to investigate another haunting in a remote mansion its a creepy little horror story and not what you think!
"Well told but not scary"
First published in the late 1980's, this story introduces David Ash, investigator into paranormal events. He's an interesting character, one imbued with a large dollop of cynicism and dispassion. Events over three nights at a country house force him to review his beliefs and the deeply distressing personal events involving the death of his sister.
I found Ash a flawed but plausible and likeable individual; troubled by his past and struggling with the present. In terms of ghostly horror, there were a few chilling moments. But it's sometimes difficult to read a story for the first time some thirty years after it was originally published and relate to the experience objectively. For atmosphere and sense of other world presence, I don't think it's done as well as other writers in the genre. But, as a reasonably gripping yarn, it held my attention. Not spooked, but wondered what would happen next. Intrigued enough to read sequels and it's well written with great pace.
"A Ghost Story"
This is a short novel that introduces David Ash and the Psychical Institute. Pacey's reading of the story is clear and well paced. The story is a little weak but is worth indulging if you want to read/listen to the longer books in the trilogy. This is no 'Stephen King' but Herbert fans will not be too disappointed.
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