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The Fog

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  15,264 ratings  ·  213 reviews
A yawning, bottomless abyss opens in a village in Wiltshire and out of it creeps a fog that resembles no other. Whatever it is, it must be controlled, for wherever it goes it leaves behind a trail of disaster. The fog, quite simply, drives people insane.
Paperback, 275 pages
Published 1975
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Adam Light
I have always heard great things about The Fog, so when I finally found a copy of it, I knew I would be in for a treat. Luckily, I managed to avoid any spoilers, so I had no idea what to expect. I love that. I try to avoid blurbs and reviews of boks so I can experience the story with little or no expectations.

This book begins with a bang and, fortunately, this sets off a series of ever louder and more violent bangs. For a book published in 1975, it was surprisingly fresh. There were a few scenes
Although dated in certain respects (being published in 1975), I enjoyed this horror/science-fiction novel overall. It is generally fast-paced with strange events already happening within the first few pages - definitely not a slow start! The story deals with a mysterious yellow fog that is blown by winds across the English countryside and whenever humans or other animals come into contact with it, they sooner or later lose their minds and often become extremely violent.

At times, the book is lik
Jon Recluse
A brilliant hybrid of a novel. Herbert hits all the highpoints that make a great thriller, then casually crosses over into the horror territory he would soon become an acknowledged master of, with scenes that will stay with you to your grave.
David Brian
This was a re-read for me. I first read The Fog many years ago, and based on memories of being creeped out by the sense of threatening dread within its pages, I'd given it a four star rating. I've now 'bumped' that to a five.
This is early James Herbert; and it's easy to forget how very good his earlier stuff was.
Jan 25, 2014 Checkman rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of cheesy horror
I remember looking at this novel when I was a just a kid. Probably about 1977/78 so I would have been nine or ten years old. Just reading the synopsis on the back of the paperback scared me. Throw in the lurid cover art of the New American Library edition and I knew that there was no way in hell my parent's would let me read Mr. Hebert's sophomore effort.......unfortunately.

Well the decades flew by, but I never totally forgot this book. A few days ago I found a copy (the same lurid New American
Clearly Herbert intends to deliver sharp kicks to the stomach here, but he only succeeds in a few of the more minor incidences of people coming into contact with the fog early on and one or two late in the story. The more visceral sections are quite good, but they're not sustained for long and the author is not operating at a level near them for much of the book. Apart from some successes with minor characters, this is never really engrossing at a character level, despite the focus on the human ...more
This is more like it. As a fan of the author and a completist by nature, I've read a couple of his books lately that were just so so. The Fog was exactly the kind of scary fun ride that Herbert was capable of at his best. Oh, wow, I just edited this changing is to was, that's sad. But I digress...Fog was extremely graphic (not for the sensitive readers), uber violent, yet very humane at the same time. Herbert's got a real knack for side characters, really fleshing them out despite the fact that ...more
The Fog is one of those books that would stare down at me from my fathers bookshelf when I was little. Titles like Wolfen, It's Alive, The Rats and The Fog, with covers so terrible I was scared and fascinated at the same time. Now, I'm trying to find those same books and read them myself, wondering if the stories live up to my childhood impressions.

The Fog didn't disappoint. The main story of how the Fog came to be and how it will be destroyed, while believable enough, was a bit boring. It's the
Ben Loory
there's an earthquake in this small town, the ground opens up, this spooky fog comes out, starts creepin across the country, people breathe it in, they all go mad, start killing each other and themselves-- it's great! but then it all devolves into some dumb science fiction thing about buried biological weapons and they have to find the "mycoplasma" at the center of the thing and blow it up with explosives and yadda yadda yadda who gives a shit. but in the beginning it's really scary! and there's ...more
Starts right off with the action; several scenes will stay with the reader for a while! Reminded me somewhat of his novel THE DARK as far as the structure of the novel went... I will be catching up on several of his other books soon!
On a goodreads groupread thread, this book was several times compared to the Final Destination film franchise: much of it consists of a series of set-pieces illustrating the macabre and homicidal effects of a mysterious, mind-altering fog on the inhabitants of the English countryside. These episodes vary in quality, some of them almost achieving the state of self-sustained short stories, including one early on that ranks among the most mind-bending, offensive, horrifying (i.e. awesome) things I' ...more
Reading a James Herbert directly after a Neil Gaiman is perhaps an odd choice for me. It’s following a writer who is genuinely funny, with one whose biggest flaw is – in my opinion – his distinct lack of humour. I generally find Herbert’s books entertaining, but moments of light relief, let alone jokes, tend to be few and far between. However, even though I didn’t give it the best preparation, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Fog’.

As the author’s preface (written in 1988) points out, Herbert considers
The book was great it really deserves 5 stars!
Totally enjoyed it!
This author is recommended as one of the horror greats, so when I saw this book and The Rats on one of my Goodwill adventures, I had to get 'em. I really enjoy horror stories though I don't seem to read them as often as other types, but while looking for my next book to read, I saw this one and it just said to me, it's time. So I went with the flow and started reading, and was immediately drawn into the story, wanting to know what was going to happen next. To be honest, when I picked this book u ...more
Si Barron
Great book- very readable.
I discovered this in an old cupboard, a blast from the past- this is probably the first 'novel' I ever read. I'm not entirely sure how it cam into my possession as an impressionable 12 year old- but to me it came, I know my best friend a t the time read it too but as to who gave it who I can't remember. Anyway it left a massive impression on me. So I hadn't read it for about 30 years, I thought I give it a go.
The standout gory bits early on it the book I remembered (in
Well, what can I say? I think this was the first book I read by James Herbert, back in the mists of time, and I instantly became a firm fan. Despite not all his books having quite the same impact, when I started re-reading it, I felt all the same shivers as I did that first time.

An earthquake in a small English village releases a mycoplasmic bacteria that feeds on carbon dioxide, creating a thick fog around itself as it drifts along on the winds. Becoming infected causes madness, to both humans
Its quite unnerving to find fog when you open the curtains in the morning whilst two thirds through a book that is about a fog thats makes people insane!! Not a bad read, it is showing its age a bit, but certainly an interesting concept. There a quite a lot of characters in this that don't seem to be about for long and the main characters were not the easiest to connect with, however it was a quick read that certainly gave me something to think about.
La pointe de la sauce
Ministry of Defense-Investigator-Strange Fog- people turning into zombies, sprinkle in a bit of sex and you've got your classic 90s movie script.
Aimee recommended this, so if you're reading this Aimee, it was fantastic. For the rest of you, unless you are a Stephen King fan, don't bother.
H M Reynolds
I remembered reading this as a teenager and was keen to see if the book was as good as I remembered.

This book is often confused with the John Carpenter film of the same name. I should begin by saying that they are two completely different stories in different settings - John Carpenter's film concerns a pirate curse haunting a town on the American coast; James Herbert's the Fog is an altogether more British novel, about a toxic gas which drives people mad.

As a teenager, I remember the fog as a li
Suren Hakobyan
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I found something which is worth to read - story which isn't like the others. There are a lot of books nowadays with the same meaning surrounded by different heroes. The fog wasn't like them.

Here we get in the story with an earthquake taking place in a little village. From the cracks on the ground rise yellowish fog, outwardly not dangerous, but it has intended to kill, the most dangerous enemy of mankind comes out from under the ground.

Nobody realizes that at
Red Heaven
I've had mixed results with Herbert so far, but this is a very acceptable effort. It's more fun near the beginning, when the explanation of the fog is unknown. It's the same way in other stories that offer up an intriguing mystery; the explanation, while entirely plausible, may come as a let down.

Any horror fan who likes gore can't be too upset here, as there are many instances of people going crazy and killing others in splendidly horrific ways, or committing suicide. The Bournemouth scene was
Sarah (LF Book Reviews)
I had high hopes for this book, but I was a little disappointed actually. I liked the fact that there was action right away and it seemed like every chapter at first there was more action, death and murder, among other things getting more and more intense the further I read. I felt like I was experiencing each scene vividly in my mind.

I found the plot pretty strong for the most part, dipped a little between 60 and 80 % where I found I had to force my way through it a little bit. I actually foun
Grady Hendrix
By the time he died last year, James Herbert was a mainstream success, but his two earliest books, The Rats and The Fog, are nasty, mean, angry pieces of anti-establishment sleaze torn straight out of his id, redeemed by Herbert’s complete conviction to Go There. That conviction is what keeps these two books in your hands long after you might otherwise throw them across the room. Read either book, and especially The Fog, and you’re like a baby gripping a 10,000 volt cable, hands smoking, unable ...more
This was my first Herbert read and, wow, this was a wild ride til the very end. The first chapter sets it up for you and you really have no idea what to expect, I mean, what's so scary about fog? Everything! Alot of insanity and crazy happenings, even the animals can't be trusted in the fog! A really fun, action packed, and enjoyable read. The characters were very likeable. I especially loved the horrific scenes. I'm definitely a Herbert fan and am already reading another book of his. If you've ...more
Alan Toner
The Fog is truly one of the greatest horror novels I have ever read. James Herbert certainly steps up the sheer in-your-face horror he evoked so brilliantly in his debut novel, The Rats. There are many awesome scenes in this cliff-hanger-of-a-book. And who could forget that horrific scene in the school gym (God, it was so shocking the way those previously innocent schoolboys suddenly turned into such wanton monsters as a result of inhaling the fog!)? If you want to curl up with a good horror nov ...more
Emma Carrig
Funny, scary, suspense filled, fast paced, I loved it!
Mark Speed
How about that? I was a relatively early reader of this classic. I remember buying it from WH Smith in Newcastle with book-tokens. I thought it was absolutely fantastic, and still do today.

James Herbert was working as an advertising copywriter in an agency in London. In the middle of a boring meeting he thought about jumping out of the window. Then he wondered what would happen if everyone began jumping out of the window. And so the idea for The Fog was born. He got a whopping advance and wrote
A weak plot with unrelated incidents of 'insanity' botched on to fill a few extra pages. I literally had to force myself through this one. Was expecting more after reading '48 which was a far better book.

Also, how does the sergeant at the end check his watch when he is wearing a cumbersome lead lined suit?
I have wanted to read this book for a such a long time, I love a good horror story, but I am not really one for buying a book brand new, there is something I enjoy about owning second hand books. This week, after several years of searching for a used copy and coming up empty handed, I finally succumbed and bought a shiny new copy from Waterstones.

After all my waiting, I wasn’t disappointed by the book, it’s quite good fun, and definitely kept me interested up until the end. The premise of the st
Kick ass strait up horror. A fog roams around the English countryside turning anyone it envelopes into blood thirsty maniacs. And you then find out that it was a chemical weapon created by the government and is to a small extent self aware.

It’s never going to win any literary prizes but it was great run.
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James Herbert was Britain's number one bestselling writer (a position he held ever since publication of his first novel) and one of the world's top writers of thriller/horror fiction.

He was one of our greatest popular novelists, whose books are sold in thirty-three other languages, including Russian and Chinese. Widely imitated and hugely influential, his 19 novels have sold more than 42 million
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