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Creed: Complete & Unabridged Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Nov 1998

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (Nov. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753104423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753104422
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,945,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Herbert was not just Britain's number one bestselling writer of chiller fiction, a position he held ever since publication of his first novel, but was also one of our greatest popular novelists. Widely imitated and hugely influential, his twenty-three novels have sold more than fifty-four million copies worldwide, and have been translated into over thirty languages, including Russian and Chinese. In 2010, he was made the Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention and was also awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to literature. His final novel was Ash. James Herbert died in March 2013.

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"'Chilling event follows chilling event... The plot thickens. Your head spins' Daily Mail; 'He is one of the few writers taking forward the tradition of the great supernatural storytellers - and being innovative' Evening Standard; 'A streamlined racehorse of a book, pulsing with energy, Creed will delight Herbert fans, and surely astonish them' Fear Magazine" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
Herbert is on top form with this novel. I love this book. It is very well written and has a clever, engrossing plot which makes the book hard to put down. From the first chapter (a bizarre funeral sequence) the pace never slackens. James Herbert is not afraid to take new directions in his writing and this is very evident with 'Creed'. What seperates this from many of his earlier novels is the emphasis on dark humour (in one instance Herbert sends up the 'rats' books). Alongside this however are some very scary and unnerving moments. Poor Joe Creed experiences some terrorfiying encounters. I would consider 'Creed' to be the best of Herbert's more recent books. This is an unusual novel and is a great deal of fun to read. I would wholly recommend this novel.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 11 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
James Herbert's 15th novel continues the high standard of Haunted, albeit in a completely different style. The cover copy probably overstates the case - "You'll Be Afraid to Laugh" runs the tagline - as Creed is by no means an outright comedy, but it does have it's rotting tongue in cheek on more than one occasion. This isn't quite the knowing post-modernism of Wes Craven's Scream, but it certainly comes close on occasion. What makes the book a success is that these flashes of blackest humour derive from the voice of the main character - Joe Creed - a cynical member of the despised tabloid paparazzi, a slob whose only real interest is himself, and with no belief in anything supernatural. Just watching Creed struggle through his career is entertaining enough, and the fact that he isn't some flawless hero makes his reactions to the supernatural more believable. Add in an unwanted child dumped on him by his estranged wife and his delicate balancing of doing the right thing and earning money makes for some great drama. While there are moments of black comedy however, Creed for the most part works as a successful horror novel, in fact this novel contains some of Herbert's most chilling material, with Creed being harassed by a bizarre nocturnal visitor and doubting his own sanity. If there is a criticism here then the ending feels a little rushed, but with it's winning combination of chills, black humour, and an intriguing lead character Creed is never less than entertaining reading, and one of Herbert's best books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
I thought that this was a thrilling read. The main character is your classic anti-hero. Most of the characters aren't cyphers and are complex, adding to the story. Also most of the characters aren't good or bad like in other Herbert novels making you want to find out what happens in the end. The ending is original and I didn't see it coming! Herbert has excelled again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
Creed is a book that you can't put down, it's amazingly well written and its very hard to second guess the plot. In fact it keeps twisting and turning so much that you really feel as lost and overwhelmed as the central character. Drawing heavily of pagan myth, demon lore and with leanings towards both Lovecraft and Barker, it's no mere horror/monster story. Well worth adding to your collection!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book that keeps you intrigued from the very start. There was action and surprises throughout the book and the final scenes were very good. Overall I feel this is one of his best books but then all of them are.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Somers on 12 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
Soon after beginning this book, I decided I needed to stop reading it. Not because it was a bad story, nor because I was scared, but because I couldn't put up with UK bestseller James Herbert's style of writing. The way he fills up the pages with brackets and odd personal comments really put me off, but thankfully the main character and the storyline managed to hold onto me.
The titular character Joe Creed is a London-based paparazzi photographer about to make the worst mistake of his life, in photographing a strange man who appears in the aftermath of a funeral. Creed soon finds himself trying to unravel a string of occurrences that become more twisted and more unfathomable each step of the way.
Creed isn't a unique character, but he is a well-developed one. He is very believable as a brash paparazzo, and is generally very likeable. Herbert definitely knew exactly who he was dealing with here.
The story aswell, while expectedly trashy horror affair, is a lot of fun, genuinely chilling, and the emphasis on the media and Creed's occupation give it a certain edge.
Herbert's writing does seem to settle down after a few chapters, but my major qualms lie in the feeling that this novel, despite it's maturity, still feels like a Point Horror book at times. The chapters ending on 'cliffhangers' are the worst offenders.
You know, where the shadowy figure enters through the doorway, but it turns out to be a cat? I caught onto those when R.L Stine used them at the end of every single chapter in every single Goosebumps book.
But you know, I can still see the humour in this, and I have a really hard time saying that this sort of thing actually detracted from my enjoyment of the book.
A decent read, sure to entertain, but nothing more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Craig Henderson on 5 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
I love this book. Joe Creed is a washed up photographer who witnesses a disgusting act in a graveyard. He then is hunted and taunted by demons and other creepy characters. There are a lot of laughs in this book as well as creepy suspense. It is obvious that Herbert enjoyed writing this book and I enjoyed the idea of unappreciated 'monsters'. The scene in the novel when the demonic character is revealed in Creed's photographic studio is genuinely creepy and unsettling. There are some shocks in the novel too which is well written with a nice wit. An enjoyable read and the novel contains enough action and suspense to keep the reader hooked to the end.
5 stars
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