A horror story written by the author of "The Magic Cottage", "Haunted" and "Portent".
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’.
The ultimate backstory explanation for the hauntings, with dark family histories and black rites is all pretty standard genre material, as is the ghost climactic revenge on their enemies, but The Ghosts of Sleath remains a fantastic read due to Herbert's storytelling skills. After the misfire of Portent Herbert is back to his best, with a group of vividly drawn characters, evocative writing, and some inventive and gruesome set pieces, with the ghost of a child-abusing parent haunting the ghost of his own dead son being a particularly inspired idea.
At twice the length The Ghosts of Sleath lacks the cutting brevity of Haunted, and feels a little bloated as a result, and while this sequel doesn't quite live up to the original it comes close enough to be a fantastically macabre ghost story, and ranks among Herbert's better novels. Recommended - but do read Haunted first.
Hitlers last ditch attempt to win the 2nd world war through the use of biological weapons that lay waste to the country that was england. This last ditch weapon that effects certain blood types, corrupting the blood cells and killing the human. We see our hero, one of the few not effected running away from a band of near death citizens who are hunting him down for his blood, so that they can transfuse it into the body of one of their own. Our healthy hero meets up with another group of healthy humans and together, although rather reluctantly, they run together, and in some cases fight together.
I loved the story line and generally loved the book, the only reason I didn't give it 5 *'s was becaus I would have liked it to be a little more horrific, inline with some of James Herberts other books. Well worth adding to your library at home.