James Herbert’s The Rats was published in 1974 with a first printing of 100,000 paperback copies (for the record, Stephen King’s Carrie was published a few months later). Within weeks that first printing was completely sold out, and the book has never been out of print since.
Since then he has reigned as Britain’s undisputed #1 author of chiller fiction, with more than twenty best-selling novels to his credit, including The Fog, The Survivor, Fluke, The Spear, Lair, The Dark and The Jonah, Shrine, Domain, Moon, The Magic Cottage, Sepulchre, Creed, Portent, ’48, Others, Once, Nobody True and The Secret of Crickley Hall (set to air as a three-part drama on BBC1 this Hallowe’en).
With world-wide sales of more than fifty million copies, James Herbert is one of the world’s most popular novelists. His books are translated into more than thirty-five languages, including Russian and Chinese.
James Herbert will be signing his latest novel, Ash, from Noon until 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 29th. Ash is the eagerly awaited third volume in the trilogy featuring psychic investigator David Ash, which began with Haunted and The Ghosts of Sleath.
And don’t forget to go to http://www.fantasycon2012.org/ghoststory.php and vote for your favourite ghost story of all time. Just fill-out the electronic form and submit it. No novels or novellas please, just short stories. One vote per person, and you cannot nominate your own work (otherwise your choice will not be counted).
We will then tabulate all the votes and the winning short story will be announced during a panel at the convention on the Saturday evening. A carefully selected group of experts will discuss their own favourite ghost stories and what it is that makes a classic spooky tale before acclaimed author Ramsey Campbell reads the winning entry as the clock strikes the Witching Hour of midnight!
This poll is open to EVERYONE – you do not have to be a member of the convention to vote. The more people who participate, the more representative the winner will be. So don’t delay – vote today!
FantasyCon 2012 is being held at the Royal Albion Hotel in the historic seaside town of Brighton, East Sussex, over September 27-30, 2012. We now have fewer than 60 memberships remaining, so if you haven’t joined up yet, then please do so now. All you have to do is go to the "How to Join" page on the website (www.fantasycon2012.org/join.php), submit the form with your details and then pay via the PayPal buttons. Alternately, you can print out the form and mail it with a cheque to the address given. A limited number of Saturday-Only memberships are also now available.
Our Author Guests of Honour are legendary Texas "Mojo Story Writer" JOE R. LANSDALE, broadcaster and novelist MURIEL GRAY and New York Times best-selling fantasy author BRENT WEEKS.
Special Editor Guest is MARY DANBY, famous for her work on The Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories and other anthology titles, while our Special Media Guests are Sherlock and Doctor Who writer and actor MARK GATISS and ROBIN HARDY, the writer and director of the original The Wicker Man and the recent follow-up, The Wicker Tree.
Our esteemed Master of Ceremonies is another New York Times best-selling writer, TIM LEBBON.
With numerous other authors, editors, publishers, artists and actors attending FantasyCon 2012, this is one convention you cannot afford to miss!
Most of the information is now up on the website, but do please keep checking online for updates, and we look forward to seeing you all again in Brighton at the end of September!