The Ghosts of Sleath Hardcover – 14 Nov 1994
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Relentless and powerful, the story grips from the first page and simply does not stop taking the reader along on a roller coaster of a journey through a horribly decimated London in an alternate 1948 (hence the title).
The characters are well defined and well written, you will warm to some and hate others and be surprised at how events twist and turn throughout.
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.
I was gripped.
When I think back to this I sometimes think I saw the film of it - the book is written in such a way that the images are so vivid in your head. I feel like I directed a film with unlimited budget. Read this book and watch your version of the film.
People have made parallels between this and the film 28 days later, I'm a fan of 28 Days Later (and Day of the Triffids which it is very much based on) and I can see the similarities - but these are very much independent pieces of work.
This is my favourite James Herbert novel, I love it when you get a book you feel desperate to return to - this was one of those. The evil borne out of desperation of the twisted Fascists whose perverted logic drives them to seek out the survivors.
A great alternate history, and one which seems more plausible as the years roll by. This is frenetic and has one of the best endings to a book ever.
I found this horror novel immensly gripping and suspenseful. The characters are interesting, their adventures and fights for survival will keep anyone on the edge of their seats all throughout the book. To round it off, the ending is not ony amazingly exciting but also satisfactory, something I've meanwhile come to learn can't be expected of every James Herbert book (I've read six so far, of which I loved three, liked two and didn't care much for one other).
"48" is an absolute MUST READ for every dedicated horror/doomsday scenario/suspense thriller fan.
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James Herbert has always been my favourite author in horror! I have read all of his books, some many times over, he is the only author that makes me want to turn on the lights when... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mari French
Excellent, definitely one of his best, one you can read more than once with the same enjoyment each time.
This was my 9th time!!
An investigator, David Ash, is asked to go to the Chiltern village of Sleath to find out about some weird occurrences. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Geoff Saunders
Still reading but excellent so far great loss James Herbert ........ Highly recommended but I am a fan of all his books!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer