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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  13,627 ratings  ·  191 reviews
One of the most popular and notorious horror novels ever published, The Fog was immediately branded as a needlessly violent hack work, but is now recognized, thanks largely to the efforts of Ramsey Campbell and Stephen King, as a classic. Its tale of government cover-up and catastrophe is oddly prescient. This edition contains a bonus short story, the original 1975 British...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 360 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Centipede Press (first 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...more
Greg
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...more
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.
Checkman
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...more
Blake
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
Bandit
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
Kimberly
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!
F.R.
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...more
Kirstin
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...more
Natasa
The book was great it really deserves 5 stars!
Totally enjoyed it!
Anton
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
Kit★
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
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.
Suren Hakobyan
This review is also post on my blog

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...more
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...more
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...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...more
Addy
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
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...more
David
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?
Jude
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...more
Jak
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.
Valentine King
Clearly the work of a writer at the beginning of his career which is positive and negative. It makes for some jolting sections and overwrought writing but also makes for a raw and exciting tale. The beginning is intensely exciting but slightly overplayed, laying on the thick the way the fog affects those it reaches.
The hardest thing for me was caring for the characters enough to want them to survive.
I first read this when I was young and the racy scenes were a shocking introduction to adult wri...more
MiZzy Miz
Absolutely Terrifying. <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Yep James Herbert you have a fan for life now.</p>
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<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Its really good to find authors that are from your country The fact James the auhor is from my old hometown! And comes out with the books he does is just mind blowing to me. He is up there...more
Brian Taylor
James Herbert had some grand ideas. The concept for The Fog was brilliant. Think what would happen if the Blob went airborne and instead of eating everyone it came in contact with, it made them go mad. When I say mad, I mean batshit cray-cray, running around murdering and generally harming anyone they come in contact with. The Fog is something of a roller coaster ride with plenty of ups and downs. Some plot points worked well, while others seemed to drag until readers limp toward the finish. Ult...more
Mark McLaughlin
I read this book years ago, and I can still remember many of its horrific scenarios! This is raw horror/adventure with a lot of gusto.
Ginger
I LOST INTEREST...
This book has some creepy and interesting ideas, but it really fell short. The story did not pull me in and I lost interest rather quickly. Every once in a while, something interesting happened, but overall something was missing. I did not care what happened to the characters and could barely get myself to pay attention to the last chapter - no matter how many times I replayed it and tried to tune in. I love horror, but it must grip the reader and not let go! This book was a di...more
Ape
2008 thoughts, taken from bookcrossing...

A few years ago... well, at least 7 years ago... I went through a phase of reading a lot of his books, then stopped. This is the first one I´ve read it a long time. And to be honest, I thought it was a bit rubbish. I don´t know whether it is because it´s one of his earlier books (actually written in the 70s) or because I am just not a fan of his style. The writing seems a bit labored sometimes - there were hand to hand combat fighting scenes that had to d...more
Doug
I've heard of James Herbert for a bit, always showing up on the edge of my Google/Amazon searches involving horror novels. I knew nothing about him outside of some quick "The Stephen King of Britain" style blurbs. I know those are referring more to his bestselling status and less to his style but if you were to take King, Michael Crichton him up a bit, drop about half the pop references [and all the references to old TV shows and slogans], and then set it all in southern England, you'd get somet...more
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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 nineteen novels have sold more than forty...more
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