Reuters reports that best-selling British horror novelst James Herbert has died today at the age of 69. Herbert’s publisher Jeremy Trevathan confirmed his passing. As of now, the cause of death is not yet known.
In a career that lasted nearly 40 years, Herbert wrote 23 novels (published in close to 34 languages) that sold more than 54 million copies worldwide. Several of his works were adapted into films, including The Survivor, Fluke, Haunted and The Rats (retitled as Deadly Eyes).
Prior to launching his writing career, Herbert graduated from Hornsey College of Art and began working as an art director at a small advertising agency.
Released in 1974, Herbert’s first novel, The Rats—which concerns a London overrun with mutated, flesh-hungry rodents—proved to be a massive success and catapulted Herbert into literary success.
Herbert is survived by his wife and three children.