James Herbert: British horror writer dies at age 69

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James Herbert, a British writer known for his contributions to the horror genre, passed away suddenly at age 69. A spokesperson for his publisher Pan Macmillan says that Herbert had not been sick and did not give a cause of death.

Jeremy Trevathan, Herbert's editor, tells Reuters that the author of 23 novels died in his bed in his Sussex home on March 20. Trevathan released a statement in regards to the "Haunted" scribe's death.

"Jim Herbert was one of the keystone authors in a genre that had its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s," Trevathan says. "It's a true testament to his writing and his enduring creativity that his books continued to be huge bestsellers right up until his death."

Four of Herbert's books -- "The Rats," "Fluke," "The Survivor" and "Haunted" -- have been adapted into feature length films. His most recent story, "Ash," was published in paperback on March 14, 2013. Herbert was named an Officer of the British Empire in 2010. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

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