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Sepulchre - James Herbert
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Sepulchre - James Herbert
Advantages: Fun to read, well developed characters and dialogue
Disadvantages: Not my favourite book by the author
This review is of the book "Sepulchre" by James Herbert. The book is a horror novel from the author of books such as The Rats and Lair. It was first published in 1987, but remains in print today, nearly 25 years on.
The basic plot of the book is that there is a house which has a long-lasting secret which makes the place frightening and unapproachable. In the house lives a psychic called Felix Kline, who is part of the history of the house and has been kept on by the owners of the house, a large corporation called Magma.. It takes a third party, named Liam Halloran who comes to the house to discover the secret of the house, and the true horror which lies within.
James Herbert's style of writing always remains in the horror genre, but there is a great deal of difference between the style of his books. Books such as The Rats, Lair, Fluke and Domain all feature animals which have turned violent and dangerous as their central feature, whereas Sepulchre and The Magic Cottage are more about evil spirits and forces.
Personally, I find that all of the books that I've read by James Herbert and very accessible and easy to read. This book is certainly no exception to that in my opinion. Sepulchre required more concentration than other books I've read by the author, but despite the dark subject matter raised in this book, I still found the book believeable and quite frightening at the same time.
Character development and dialogue are both very good in this book, and I find that James Herbert does enable you to build up a good picture in your mind of his writing, which adds a lot to the atmosphere of the book. Halloran is an interesting character, starting with his run-in and killings of some members of the IRA, through to his fighting equally evil forces, both human and some forces not quite as easy for him to deal with.
The book is still in print and retails at 6.99 pounds, the ISBN is 0330376268. The book though is available at Amazon at the time of writing for 4.72 pounds, and if you're happy with a second hand copy, these are available for under three pounds on sites such as eBay and Amazon.
In summary, I enjoyed this book, as I always do with James Herbert titles. The writing style seemed different to me however, and was a more complex book to get into than other titles I'd read such as The Fog and The Rats. It's worth perserving though, it's not as good as my favourite book of Herbert's, which was the Magic Cottage which I found haunting and dark for some time, but it's worth a read and I enjoyed it.
Summary: Worth a look if you like horror titles