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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; New edition edition (Sept. 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450047385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450047381
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,093,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 24 2006
Format: Paperback
This British author is immensely popular for his horror fiction. Having read a number of his other books and enjoyed them, I delved into this one with much anticipation. I was not disappointed, as it is similar thematically to another of his books, "The Fog", which is one of his best books. While in that book, a fog sweeps across the United Kingdom, causing those it touches to commit insane acts of mayhem, here, a dark entity, best described as infinite blackness, does the same.

Initially confined to Beechwood, a mansion on Willow Road and the site of mass murder and suicides, it feeds on those whom it touches and causes them to perpetrate acts of horrific violence, releasing man's most primal fears and instincts. When Beechwood is demolished, this darkness ventures out beyond the parameters of the house, causing those with whom it come into contact to act out their basest instincts and destroy those who remain unaffected. This novel engages the reader, as the protagonists in the book try to sort things out and defeat this evil entity. Well-written and interesting, devotees of the horror genre, as well as fans of the author, will enjoy this book.
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A cult unleashes humanity's most ancient and feared enemy in a bizarre murder-suicide in an old house. It is The Dark incarnate and it reaches out from the basement of the house, spreading madness and depravity. A chosen few, including a washed up parapsychologist, recognize it as a demonic and physical entity and fight against it as the living fog-like darkness grows exponentially... As a lifetime horror fan, I have read this novel several times and it never ceases to amaze and terrify me. It is unapologetically gruesome, absolutely harrowing, and will have you gasping out loud as you turn the pages. If you appreciate horror, this book is a must. It's slightly dated and Herbert employs a few horror cliches in the telling, but it doesn't hurt the story in any way. A horror classic of the first order. Highly recommended for horror fans who think they can't be scared anymore.
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James Herbert largely repeats himself with this tale of darkness, instead of fog, driving Londoners to madness and murder. Well if it isn't broke why bother to fix it, or even polish it up? Quibbles regarding lack of original concept aside, this novel has some powerful moments in it that will certainly stick with you, for that alone I give it four stars instead of three.
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By Colin Willey on Jan. 14 2002
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The Dark by James Herbert is a true horror novel in its premise, development and description. This novel capture you from the get go and never let's up.
Directly on par with Herbert's usual formula, this novel has an ordinary-Joe male hero trying to determine the nature of the supernatural events that surround him.
The Dark is extremely similar to another one of Herbert's classics - the Fog. For North American readers, the diction and setting may prove to be a little difficult to relate to as it takes place in England (the norm for Herbert).
If you want a really good scare complete with grotesque and vivid descriptions, give it a whirl.
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By F. G. Hamer on July 29 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
The premise of 'The Dark' is whether madness and extreme actions are triggered by external forces or whether they are emitted from the very soul. In this novel, Herbert has determined that the impulses are wholly voluntary and come from the characters who become one with 'The Dark'. Of the two sides of their personae, they have freely chosen to embrace the dark side and ignore 'The Light'. As with all good Herbert novels, the premise is expanded. In The Dark, London eventually becomes a killing ground for the cult of 'The Dark' and, when a small group of parapsychologists fails to stop the force, a state of emergency is declared. The Dark contains some of Herbert's most frightening and disturbing images. As usual he manages to avoid gratuitous blood and guts, but there's still no shortage in this novel.
The ending seemed a little rushed, hence four stars. But still worth reading
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By Chris Ratcliff on July 22 2001
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Whoa, baby. You want horror, here, you got it. This is a book that attempts to do actual physical violence to you. I read _The Dark_ after Ramsey Campbell's _The Hungry Moon_, which has a similar idea, and was a little disappointed that Herbert wasn't able to extract much terror out of the simple idea of the *lights going out*, as Campbell does. Felt like an idea gone begging. But Herbert is a much more... visual writer, and this book gets you in many other ways. Recommended.
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By G.Spider on March 19 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As the title suggests, this is a story which explores the darker side of human nature. People coming into contact with a dark force carry out their innermost longings. Full of strong characters, suspense and excitement, plus the genuinely disturbing knowledge that anybody could be harbouring unpleasant thoughts of murder, rape and violence. A well-written and unputdownable book.
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This is my first James Herbert novel and I must say that I loved every page of it! There is a lurking creepiness to the story, and it reminds you how savage people can realy be. This is a book I'd love to see converted into a movie!
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