The Dark Hardcover – Sep 1 1988
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These audiobooks from Macmillan UK offer abridged readings of some of the world's most popular authors. Handsomely packaged, they feature readings by eminent actors of the stage and screen, including James Fox, Martin Shaw, Tim Pigott-Smith and David Rintoul. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
The characterisation and settings are excellent, and having never read any of James Herbert's books before, I was intrigued. The premise that he uses for the basis of this book is something that seems very tangible.
But, once past the first half of the book, it seems that the inspiration was lost, and the generalality becomes too much for me. I carried on reading hoping that the atmosphere of the first half would return, and despite this happening in parts, it never fully returned, and it seems like the ending was rushed to meet a deadline, or there just was no idea of how to really end the book...
But despite this, the fact that I was sneaking reading it at work tells me that this book is a fine read, and well worth reading: maybe I am being too hard on it!
I had never heard of James Herbert before, so I did not know he was, in fact, a best-selling author, and one of the few in the genre to be succesful in both England and the US. After reading "The Dark", I found that I liked Herbert's style; I will definitely read some more of his work in the future.
"The Dark" contains a rather unique premise, unless one considers that it is very similar to that of Herbert's eariler novel, "The Fog". A bizaare cult conjures up a kind of spiritual force that compels people to act on their darkest, most evil impulses, gradually turning the city of London into one giant riot. A small group of parapsychologists tries to stop the force, but it grows and grows, triggering a state of emergency.
This novel is very intriguing, and contains some of the most frightening, most disturbing images I've read in any horror novel. Herbert is able to avoid the temptation to be hideously gory just for the sake of it; the story never seems gratuitous or overdone. The novel's cast of characters are also interesting and even believable.
The thing I didn't like about the novel is that it seems unfinished; the ending is unsatisfying, as if either Herbert intended a sequel or just plain got tired of writing the novel and decided to wrap it up quickly.
Above all, however, I would recommend "The Dark" to anyone looking for a good horror story. Just don't expect a classic.
The ending seemed a little rushed, hence four stars. But still worth reading
Most recent customer reviews
James Herbert largely repeats himself with this tale of darkness, instead of fog, driving Londoners to madness and murder. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2002 by Chadwick H. Saxelid
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2002 by Colin Willey
Whoa, baby. You want horror, here, you got it. This is a book that attempts to do actual physical violence to you. Read morePublished on July 22 2001 by Chris Ratcliff
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. Read morePublished on March 19 2001 by G.Spider
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2001 by Paul Greatrix
James Herbert is one of my favorite authors because of his grisly detail, and the book I read before this was the Fog. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2000 by Nick AGER
I thought that this book was very good, although it was very simliar to the Fog, which made it a bit boring. But none the less, a good gory book!Published on Oct. 10 1999
Short and sweet. James Herbert is a best selling author due to his many apocalyptic horror novels. And this is his "best" by far, in my opinion. Read morePublished on July 9 1999