THE FOG first shows its ugly face in a small peaceful village in England with two lovely children entering and happily exiting a candy store with their booty when the ground begins to rumble. Enter John Holman returning from a secret assignment for the Department of Environment who happens to turn up at just the wrong moment when the earth opens up....swallows those near..and emits its dense, yellow tinged, smelly life altering mist.
As THE FOG grows and gover...more
Like his previous workThe Rats, the concept is pretty simple, a mysterious fog drifts in and seemingly turns people insane, either murderous or/and suicidal, and their is an extremely disturbing scene at a boys school.
Centred mai ...more
I almost stopped reading this. (view spoiler)[There is this scene in the first part of the book that goes beyond disturbing. I pushed through it though. I was rewarded by a very good book. You see, I was afraid after that scene that it would be one of those shock for the sake of shock books where gory and disgusting scenes are piled up one after another. Fortunately, that is not the case here. Or, at least, I haven't experienced them as such. (hide spoiler)]
The Fog mostly consists of short ho ...more
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
I am just getting my thoughts together after reading The Fog by James Herbert it was a mind blowing experience to read this author for the first time i must say he is right up there with Stephen King in my opinion i was glued to every word written & at times felt sick reading some of the story, luckily i have a strong stomach it really creeped me out at times but LOVED LOVED LOVED this book READ IF YOU DARE!!!
WARNING only read if you have a stron ...more
At times, the book is lik ...more
Despite all the technological advances of science, it seemed survival still depended on the action of a man. One man.Dun dun! The whole thing sounds like that, like the voiceover for the trailer for a shitty movie. But wait I'm not done, I have t ...more
Yep, James Herbert you have a fan for life now Its really good to find authors that are from your own country The fact James Herbert the author is from my old hometown! And comes out with the books he does is just mind blowing to me. He is up there with Stephen king for me and is truly Talented
I Picked up this book when I was a teen, on holiday, It was a book left in my aunty and uncles holiday Villa, I got into a few pages and it truly disturbed me to the core, to the po ...more
The result was that I devoured the early Herbert's which left a lasting image (or at least to start with) of English horror - it took the likes of ...more
This is early James Herbert; and it's easy to forget how very good his earlier stuff was.
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
While it's not particularly horrific, there are many unsettling scenes, especially one with entire town behaving like lemmings. However, there are also many situations thrown in obviously for titillati ...more
This is NOT like the 1980 movie that features Adrienne Barbieau and Janet Leigh. The Fog is one nasty piece of work and James Herbert seemed to like it that way. No quick deaths, no thought-provoking questions. Murder, mayhem, government conspiracy, sexual deviance and a proud middle finger. Kinda like those books from the 80's: Truly Tasteless Jokes One. It's tasteless and knuckle-dragging, but so damned fun. LOL ...more
The book has a lot of gore and gruesome, violent scenes especially for something published in 1975. It also has some very mean spirited kills and I loved every second of it. Devilishly good stuff.
The characters were well written from the main protagonist John Holman to even the most minor characters. All of th ...more
and horrifying ending.
Side note; Holman, the lead character and his partner Cassie did nothing for the book, the Fog is the winner here and well worthy the price of admission alone. With a better cast of characters this would be an easy 5 star read.
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
As the author’s preface (written in 1988) points out, Herbert considers ...more
(I know there could be some mistakes in this review. I’m trying to improve my English, thanks)
I wanted to read an horror novel and I found this one. Although the writer is well known -and also the book is considered a classic-, I did not know James Herbert’s works before.
“The fog” is not an horror novel like the ones I used to know (Ahem! basically Stephen King’s books and some H.P. Lovecraft’s tales). I consider this book is also a disaster novel, like those movies in the ...more
This book started off super quickly and super weirdly too. You’re immediately thrown into a bizarre world where The Fog is wreaking havoc on people’s brains and actions. I really enjoyed reading about all the weird things The Fog made people do, chapter 6 was quite the surprise! Herbert creates the perfect blend of over the top with gruesomeness ...more
This was my first read by Herbert and I found it an easy, shocking, humourous, atmospheric, eerie, action packed and enjoyable read. He wastes no time getting into it!
For me, this book was all about the stories within the story, the vignettes, about what happened to the fog effected people. The boys in the school gym was possibly the most random, sexually depraved, gruesome thing I’ve read ... to the point where I had to laugh 😅. Herby and his pigeons was quite an entertaining story and I thoug ...more
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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 ...more