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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (7 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330376284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330376280
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 931,591 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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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 and maleficent games. Three nights in which he will face the blood-chilling enigma of his own past. Three nights before Edbrook's dreadful secret will be revealed.... And the true nightmare will begin Remember with Fear!

About the Author

James Herbert is not just Britain's No. 1 bestselling writer of chiller fiction, a position he has held since publication of his first novel, but is one of our greatest popular novelists, whose books are sold in thirty-three other languages, including Russian and Chinese. Widely imitated and hugely influential, his twenty novels have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By fross on 21 Mar. 2005
Format: Paperback
Haunted is a gripping read and highly recommendable. The story concentrates on David Ash, a paranormal investigator,as he investigates the abnormal occurances at Edbrook, a decaying mansion tucked away in the outskirts of the village.
I literally couldn't put the book down. I did feel that the ending was rather predictable, however, and I couldn't work out whether I had reviewed the book in detail somewhere previously, or whether the plot was really that transparent.
Nevertheless, there are plenty of tense moments from beginning to end; the descriptive passages convey a vivid painting of the scene throughout your imagination, and add to the spine-chilling effect.
The links with Ash's childhood explain his personality traits and characteristics, weaving the whole book together beautifully. Highly recommended.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 5 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
In "Haunted" James Herbert has taken us back to horror basics with a tale of a creepy mansion house, creaking floorboards, strange goings on and mysterious ghosts.
David Ash is a paranormal investigator, although he prefers to be known as an irregular normal investigator. As part of his role with the Psychical Research Institute he is tasked to make a visit to the remote stately home of Edbrook, where the occupants have requested he investigate some strange happenings. Edbrook, inhabited by the Marriell family, is the archetypal haunted house; there's a snarling evil looking dog who takes an instant dislike to Ash, shadowy figures who flit through the gardens, a stagnant pond with a aura of malevolence about it and so on.
Things go from bad to worse for Ash, as he finds himself witnessing all sort of horrific sights, being chased through the woods and finding himself being attacked in the cellar.
The book is quite short, only 250 or so pages, and this is where I felt it sort of lost its way. It's not really a short story and at the same time there's not enough flesh on the bones to make it a credible novel in its own right. There are some attempts to lay some background on the David Ash character but for me this doesn't work. Some of the passages are just too sketchy to really get into and some of the characters just too minimally described. I didn't buy any of the relationship between Ash and the head of the Psychical Research Institute, Kate McCarrick and likewise the relationship between Edith Phipps (a medium at the Institute) and Ash seemed unlikely to say the least.
What does work though are the sections in the house when Ash is investigating the hauntings. Although the elements Herbert uses here are as old as the hills, he still writes about them extremely effectively. Reading these sections when alone in the house is more than a little bit scary.
All in all not a bad old book, but I have read better from Mr Herbert.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. A. Richards on 12 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
I read this in two days, and would have read it in one if not for other commitments. its a very short book and as such it leaves alot to be desired. so much more could have been added to the pages, fleshing out the characters, making the ending a little less obvious maybe?
to be honest i almost didnt see the ending coming because it was the most obvious, i thought no way is he going to do that, but yep, he did.
being ambiguous here so as not to spoil things for people. i did enjoy it, mostly because it was a short read, any longer and i may have had to leave it. but it was a classic ghost story. all the way through i could imagine it being written just so some director would snap it up and make a movie.
some creepy bits, well executed but i preferred his earlier works. The Fog nad The Rats highly reccomended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. W. Steel VINE VOICE on 27 April 2007
Format: Paperback
This is my favourite book written by James Herbert. It is probably one of my favourite horror books of all time as well.

The basic plot is that a sceptical psychic investigator is sent to uncover whether a haunting is taking place at a house called Edbrook, which is occuppied by three grown up children and their guardian, Nanny Tess. The action takes place over three nights in which the investigator, David Ash, is forced to confront the mystery at Edbrook and the secrets of his own past. This is a brief outline of the plot and i will not spoil the book by adding any more detail.

Why do i love this book so much, and why is it a horror book that i love to read time and time again?

There are many reasons for this book being a great piece of horror.

One, is that is short.Too many horror novels these days are so intent on building up the characters, various plotlines and set pieces that they often lose their impact, and their ability to grip you, scare you and most importantly, read right to the end without putting the book down.

Secondly, this book doesn't try to have 'closure' at the end of it.Too many modern horror novels have a happy ending. This one doesn't, and this in itself is very brave, but also satisfying for the reader. Throughout this book the reader is treated as an equal to the author, and James Herbert has done a fine job in letting the reader imagine what could be happening in Edbrook, in David's past, and what a possible ending is going to be.

Another key success in this book is the quality of the characters that are involved with David Ash - from the residents of Edbrook, to David's colleagues at the psychic institute. Again, Herbert lets you make up your own mind in reacting to the characters he has created.
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