JAMES Herbert, widely considered to be the leading writer of horror books with added smut, has passed away aged 69.
Herbert fan Tom Logan said: “I was 13 when I read The Rats and I still remember the saucy stuff was on pages 67-69 and 88-91, with a couple of good paragraphs around page 113.
“The rat bits were good too. You can’t really go wrong with mutant animals.”
He added: “Looking back, I can’t believe my mum let me read it. As a parent she foolishly assumed all books were vaguely educational.”
Herbert’s later works, mostly about ghosts, were controversially not very dirty.