I don’t why I thought of this in the middle of a British summer. But have you ever wondered what’s happened the the horror genre? I know I shouldn’t be thinking about this until November or December when the wind is howling, and the nights are dark…Okay enough of that!
Back to this. One of my favourite horror writers of the modern age is the British writer James Herbert, sadly no longer with us. His books are renowned for their spooky atmosphere, gloomy dispositions, ghosts, haunted houses and the such. Yes, you’re right, he of The Rats (Trilogy) Lair, Creed, The Jonah, The Secret of Crickley Hall and many many more. In fact he has written something like twenty-three novels and several short stories.
As you can probably expect from me by now I am a great believer in the oldies being the goodies, and James Herbert’s books are no exception.
I refer to his 1981 novel The Jonah. Personally, The Jonah is my favourite one for good reason. On the surface it’s about an ordinary man, a detective Jim Kelso, who is sent to a small coastal town to investigate drug smuggling. So far, so good!
We are drawn to this central character mainly because he seems like a loner, a man we really know little about but are curious about. We later find that no one wants to work with him, as wherever he goes disaster follows…
While he is carrying out his job, he meets a woman, Ellie Shepherd a Customs and Excise officer. You guessed it, romance ensues but as always things for Jim Kelso do not run smoothly.
And this for me is the beauty of the book. We find out in the end why this main character seems to be beset with bad luck in a way you probably will not see coming.
I highly recommend The Jonah, ideal for the summer as it’s not a long novel. Have a read and tell me what you think, or indeed any of James Herbert’s many books.
If you are a horror or gothic fan please do leave a comment and let me know what you are reading.
Until next time, Happy Reading and Writing, S