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Sussex master of horror - writer James Herbert reveals the man behind the books...

PUBLISHED: 17:06 05 January 2010 | UPDATED: 14:46 20 February 2013

James Herbert

James Herbert

The Sussex writer James Herbert's novels ooze horror and have made him one of the best- known writers in the world. Anna Giokas went to find the man behind the books...

JAMES Herbert
sits behind his desk slowly turning a pen over and over in his hands. His study is a pretty grand affair with inviting sofas at one end and plenty of space to sit cosily. He opts for the chair at his desk with a copy of his new book like a shield in front of him. "I feel more comfortable here if that's ok," he says, giving the book a reassuring pat, "you have until twelve, shall we get started?"

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At the age of 63 Herbert has enjoyed a long reign as the undisputed king of British horror with more than 40 million copies of his books scattered in bookcases around the world. Considering his fame, he is remarkably unpretentious. Today, he is dressed simply in black jeans and a black shirt and his eyes are worried looking, but kind. Kinder than you might expect considering that his books explore some pretty brutal subjects.

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