British horror maven James Herbert reprises his psychic investigator David Ash, a man continually haunted by the ghosts of his past - literally. Ash senses evil in the rural English hamlet of Sleath, and before long he joins the local villagers as a plaything in the hands of sinister and mysterious specters. In the lofty strains of performer Steven Pacey (Blake’s 7, M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team), The Ghosts of Sleath is accorded a voice that is pastoral, brimming with the stuffy and proud traditions of provincial England, but at the same time eerie, menacing and chillingly convincing in its portrayal of a town burdened by the centuries-old ghosts of its gruesome past.
Psychic investigator David Ash, a man burdened by the dark secret of his own past, is sent to Sleath to investigate the phenomena and his discoveries there drive him to the very edge of his own sanity. The incidents grow worse until, in the final night of horror, awesome and malign forces are unleashed in a supernatural storm that threatens to consume the village itself. For Sleath is not what it seems. And the dead have returned for a reason.
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)
The beginning is so slow I almost have up on the book, but I'm glad I didn't. A found this to be a fascinatingly, gruesome novel and will be reading and listening more of this author.
The second of the 'Ash' trilogy. The story kept me interested, the narrative generates a feeling of cold isolation. There are some really gripping parts to the story that make this the best book of the three.
"Typical James Herbert predictable but still good"
Good all round ghost story- enjoy the ash series of books
I enjoy the more ghostly moments-often find the more gory bits a bit pointless
Clear reading although sometimes a bit newsreader ish
As usual with James Herbert we have to have the whole blowing up scene and hideous end of the baddy/s which is s ugh a shame- sometimes less is more
big fan as always brill book but all are gripping books. read and listen to all of them but the rats are still at the top of my list
"one of herberts best"
excellent book brilliantly read loved it from the first word . spooky from beginning to end.
Yes and I have
The way the story draws you in straight away and builds to the chilling climax
When Ash walks past the old school and hears the children singing!!!!!!!!!
This is a super story and builds your understanding of Ash for the final saga "ASH"
"This is the stuff of freaking nightmares!!"
Having read the printed version before listening to the audible version (albeit quite a while ago), I can honestly say that the audio version is much much more effective at delivering a truly chilling experience!!
Thrilling plot with unexpected thrills and chills. James Herbert is truly a master of the macabre. I felt like I knew the main character Ash, so well that he was almost like family by the end (and not only because this is not the first book he's starred in!) And I really cared about what happened to him.
The accent!! Being a 'cockney' meself, incorrect pronunciations and fake accents can really distract and even ruin a story for me.
Life in a quiet village . . . where all of your worst nightmares come true!!
Excellent storytelling! Make sure you've got a spare pair of underwear!
"Tedious and Dull"
Horror is one of my favourite genres which made the disappointment of this book all the worse. This book initially shows some promise, but it fails to gain traction as it skips between one dimensional characters you don't care about. The real horror in this work is James Herbert's use over description which is truly tortuous.
This book also contains the most comedic example of erotic fiction I've ever encountered. I felt sorry for narrator Steven Pacey for having the unenviable task of breathing life into that part.
I thought Nobody True was a great piece of work but this doesn't come close to matching it. My only advice is to avoid this book.
A great story for any fan of horror, chiller or ghost stories. Listening to this reminded me just how good Herbert was and I'm yet to read a better book by him than this one.
yes, its amazing and the details described make you feel like you was there.
the way he describes everything it gave me goose bumps
it made me laugh a lot and i also felt sad for ash
Anyone who likes Stephan king will enjoy this book. James Herbert is a brilliant author
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