The dark side. He had fled from the terrors of his past, finding refuge in the quietness of the island. And for a time he lived in peace. Until the 'sightings' began, visions of horror seeping into his mind like poisonous tendrils, violent acts that were hideously macabre, the thoughts becoming intense. He witnessed the grotesque acts of another, a thing that gloried in murder and mutilation, a monster that soon became aware of the observer within its own mind. And relished the contact. A creature that eventually would come to the island to seek him out.
James Herbert was one of Britain’s greatest popular novelists and our #1 best-selling writer of chiller fiction. Widely imitated and hugely influential, he wrote 23 novels which have collectively sold over 54 million copies worldwide and been translated into 34 languages. Born in London in the forties, James Herbert was art director of an advertising agency before turning to writing fiction in 1975.
His first novel, The Rats, was an instant bestseller and is now recognised as a classic of popular contemporary fiction. Herbert went on to publish a new top ten best-seller every year until 1988. He wrote six more bestselling novels in the 1990s and three more since: Once, Nobody True and The Secret of Crickley Hall. Herbert died in March 2013 at the age of 69.
James Herbert’s macabre tale of murder and the occult is not for the faint of heart. Actor Jonathan Keeble brims with tremulous terror as he delivers the story of disaffected schoolteacher Jonathan Childes, who witnesses blood-curdlingly gruesome acts via his inexplicable psychic connection to a vicious killer. The homicidal lunatic senses Childes’ clairvoyant connection and resolves to make the beleaguered teacher’s daughter his next victim. Meanwhile, Childes finds himself both a suspect and source of assistance for the local police. The remarkably versatile Keeble is in fine form here: His liltingly ominous third-person storytelling gives way to stirring and vivid character acting. Keeble deftly captures the jarring urgency for which Herbert is famous.
“Herbert was by no means literary, but his work had a raw urgency. His best novels, The Rats and The Fog, had the effect of Mike Tyson in his championship days: no finesse, all crude power. Those books were best sellers because many readers (including me) were too horrified to put them down.” (Stephen King)
“There are few things I would like to do less than lie under a cloudy night sky while someone read aloud the more vivid passages of Moon. In the thriller genre, do recommendations come any higher?” (Andrew Postman, The New York Times Book Review)
“Herbert goes out in a blaze of glory” (Daily Mail)
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Moon by James Herbert
Moon by James Herbert is a forgettable horror novel. I had a hard time getting into it and once I did I had a hard time staying involved with the story. It was like watching a made-for-TV movie that was filmed over 20 years ago.
I think this was written in 1985 and it shows its age in that the main character's job is a high school computer teacher and the computers are laughable compared to today.
The narrator, Jonathan Keeble, really does a great job, and he puts a lot of effort into it. However, as I've already said, I just couldn't get into it. That's why I gave him three stars, but if someone else gave him five stars I couldn't fault them.
I can see how some people will love this audio book. If you're a fan of horror fiction, you don't mind 30 year old books and you like British accents... Then you'll probably like this one a lot more than I did.
- Joshua Kring