Book 2 for RIP…
Others by James Herbert.
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Forge Books;(October 14, 1999)
Author of such classic chilling tales as The Fog and The Rats, Britain's foremost horror master James Herbert now cleverly transcends the boundaries of detective fiction and the supernatural for Others, a book that begins in the bowels of Hell. In this fiery underworld we meet a former Hollywood movie star, thrust there for a lifetime of depravity. But now this damned soul is given one more shot at redemption, a chance to live again as a human. Begging for a new judgment, he is sent back to earth, without memory of his past life or death. However, his new existence will be a wretched one, living in the body of Nicholas Dismas, a brilliant and tender-hearted private investigator sadly afflicted with horrendous physical deformities. Shunned by strangers, Nicholas struggles not only with his malformed body, but also with a troubling sense of self. Staring in the mirror, other eyes stare back, "too blurred for recognition. That ill-defined but handsome countenance had hinted at something too evasive to remember properly, too vague to focus upon, yet still filled me with a strange, elusive regret." It isn't until Dismas takes on a seemingly run-of-the-mill missing person's investigation that he begins to understand the origins of his own hellish identity.
Others is a dark exploration into the psyche of the eternal outsider, a tormented freak in a cruel society. Gory, but brilliantly conceived, Herbert will leave you feeling haunted long after reading his final words. --Naomi Gesinger
The last book I read by James Herbert was The Secrets of Crickley Hall.. and I enjoyed that one very much.. Now comes “Others”. ..and I have to say, once again, I enjoyed Mr. Herbert’s writing.
In this book he came up with such an unexpected protagonist (Nicholas Dismas) that I wasn’t sure in the beginning where this was going. But he was so unexpected and unusual that he alone held my interest.
The first half of the book was good.
The second half was one of those when each time you sat down you grabbed the book to read “at least one chapter”… and with each chapter it picked up speed!
Most all books have “good and evil” in them… and the “evil” in this book was really disgusting! ..which only means: James Herbert has one heck of an imagination!! I was glad he extended the book by letting me know why and how the whole thing came about . I know I wouldn’t have been happy not knowing lol.
This is surely a read for RIP! (and so is The Secrets of Crickley Hall, should you come across a copy)