(Written 21/03/2013) James Herbert hardly ever did interviews. It’s still proving hard to find his television appearance on the Graham Norton Show. He did appear with Graham on radio just several months ago however and admitted his belief, at the ripe old age of 69, to evil cabals (sects). The testament of one man like that is more worthy than the blabberings of a thousand pillocks.
He is of course widely acclaimed/hugely influential and so on (remember that term from the front matter in his novels) but his book The Magic Cottage was put down less than half way thru for being just about the slowest and most boringest thing ever written by a world famous author, contrary to popular belief. You can chalk that off however and backheel it under the rug because he pulled a blinder in 1999 by penning THE ABSOLUTE BEST BOOK EVER in OTHERS, or to put it more subjectively, me most personal favourite book ever.
What. A book. That is. And enough said already. Forget just about every other novel and author, the only inspiration needed comes right from that. There is an element of regret about now not ever getting the chance to let him know, to say, “Hey Herb, listen, your book Others etc etc was this that and the other...” It’s important to do that with the people responsible for moving you. It reminds them to keep doing it, if nothing else. And you have every right to approach them no matter where they are, in a weird stalker pest kind of way, because their story has bonded you to them for life. You are imparting a token of received wisdom. Call it a side-effect of exposure. Consider it your duty. Plus they appreciate it more than the flash of a camera or autograph.