James Herbert has put together a collection of the locations and legends from around Britain that have contributed to the chilling atmosphere he creates in his novels, illustrated by photographs. He explains his fascination with graveyards, old and abandoned houses and dark, gothic churches.
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"I like a graveyard on a sunny day. No need for dark brooding skies; sunlight on a sepulchre provides mood enough. No need for rain lashing lichen-diseased tombstones when withered and brittle flowers laid beneath a stone-carved legend tender their own grim ambience. Forget the howling wind, the far-off cry of a frightened animal, the heavy footsteps of some unseen person: just give me a graveyard on a bright summer's day and leave the rest to my own evocations. Let me conjure a figure, perhaps dressed in black or in a shroud, standing there in the middle distance. Quite and still. Watching…"
James Herbert's 'Dark Places' is a personal collection of the locations and legends from around Britain that have inspired the novels of one of the world's great writers of horror fiction. Atmospheric photographs by Paul Barkshire are accompanied by extracts from novels such as 'Haunted, Sepulchre' and 'The Rats' – and by a revealing commentary, in which James Herbert explains how he has always been fascinated by graveyards, by old and abandoned houses and by dark gothic churches. He describes how lonely and isolated places, lakes and marshlands inspire his imagination and tells of the lasting impact of a childhood in London's East End, where he first began to create his world of fantasy and horror.
"Stunningly photographed and beautifully written… a rare peep backstage at the man who single-handedly reinvented the modern English horror genre."
"Hauntingly beautiful photographs, accompanied by fascinating stories."
James Herbert is one of the most influential and widely imitated authors of our time. His previous novels are ‘The Rats’, ‘The Fog’, ‘The Survivor’, ‘Fluke’, ‘The Spear’, ‘Lair’, ‘The Dark’, ‘The Jonah’, ‘Shrine’, ‘Moon’, ‘Domain’, ‘The Magic Cottage’, ‘Sepulchre’, ‘Haunted’, ‘Creed’, ‘Portent’ and ‘The Ghosts of Sleath’.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0002557703
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002557703