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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.

©1988 James Herbert (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

“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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Wait For It-----Wait For It

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.

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Hateful Haunting

David Ash goes into this investigation as a skeptic,trying to prove that there are plausible explanations for people’s ideas of the paranormal,only unknowingly being a guest by the very specters he has yet to believe.Unfortunately for David,he finds out the hard way that there are things in this world,better left unexplored,things that are tangible and can not only hurt the mind but the body.He’s learned a hard lesson to respect that seeing is believing and just because things can’t be easily explained doesn’t mean they don’t exist.Great story,riveting...narration was great too.

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Excellent

Another brilliantly scarey james Herbert novel with Ash..being the main character ...thrilling backdrop and the man telling the story is the best.

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Nice spooky tale.

This was a fun quick read. Not the most compelling characters but good story that puuls you along relentlessly.

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  • jennifer
  • 02-01-14

Haunted

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!

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  • Manda N
  • 11-27-17

A cracking haunted house story!

So great to read this haunted house gem set back in the late 80s in the days before mobile phones when you had to put silver coins into a public phone box to make a call. So of course back then it wasn’t so easy to call for help whilst being haunted by mysterious, unexplained, ghostly events as it would be now.....

The first of the David Ash Trilogy and an easy to become absorbed into horror read. I’m straight into the Second in the trilogy on the strength of this first.

A good, clear narrator makes for a superb, all round presentation.

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  • Alec
  • 07-07-15

Excellent ghost story

A very good story that keeps rewarding the reader in its typical dark journey to the end. There's moments of excellence and moments that have dated badly, generally this is a very strong story.

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  • Derek
  • 11-30-13

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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  • Mark
  • 04-16-18

Came for Steven Pacey..

Came for the narrator Steven Pacey,. Stayed for the story and Steven Pacey. Totally recommended.

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  • peter button
  • 04-14-16

Fantastic!

Love James Herbert but this book and the other two in this series' are my favourites. The ghosts of sleath and Ash by both great books as well. Well worth the money. When I joined this site they were the first three books I downloaded.

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  • Darren - UK
  • 04-16-15

A pretty good read.

Ok so I have just finished the classic book, The Rats also by James Herbert and this does not come close. if you haven't read it yet then buy that one instead, This doesn't mean this is a bad book its not. It's just The Rats is a true classic, and this while being an excellent book is no classic. That being said I did enjoy this book and will be buying the sequel.

The narrator Steven Pacey was extent and the quality of the recording were very good.

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  • Karen
  • 04-19-21

Great

Loved it an excellent mystery and twist at the end keeps you hooked to the end

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  • Prester Jim
  • 04-06-21

Creepy Little Herberts

Punchy supernatural chiller from scene superstar, James Herbert. The first book in a trilogy featuring paranormal investigator, David Ash, this is a lean, televisual take on the classic English Ghost Story that hits all the necessary beats with an unpretentious efficiency. Genre staples include such perennials as the crumbling country pile with a tragic past, the enigmatic employer with a mysterious agenda, the kindly psychic who simply wants to help and, at the centre, the sceptical hero, driven to drink by guilt and trauma. To all these tropes Herbert adds a few nice touches that stop the book feeling hackneyed: Ash's terrified attempt to flee is unexpectedly realistic, and the sub-plot seeded at the end is spooky and has bite. Even the then contemporary '80s setting now seems distant and antiquated in a way that, although unintended, benefits the story.
At the risk of sounding patronising, Herbert's mass-market prose and clear plotting lend themselves well to the audiobook format. Steven Pacey does a fine job with the narration, his tone very appropriate for the period and mood; I liked his Claire Rayner impression for the psychic Edith, and the scene featuring the fake clairvoyant is particularly effective.
Occasionally, this can feel over familiar or a bit dated, but, for the most part, this is a guilt-free simple pleasure.

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  • Crystal Hughes
  • 04-04-21

brilliant and creepy

fantastic book that kept me wanting to listen all the time. it was suspenseful and kept twisting and turning in a way that just keeps you wanting to know more. very cleverly written, dark and well read. keeping the ballance between fantasy and believability has been wonderfully executed in this book. I cannot reccomend enough for horror enthusiasts and those new to the genre