I signed into Twitter today to check what was going on with the Country's leadership, the first thing I see is a tweet saying that James Herbert had died at the age of 69. I quickly forgot about the trivial subject of who our prime minister would be by the end of the day and went to check my emails - hoping that maybe, just maybe it was one of those 'celebrity death' hoaxes.
Sadly, an email from the James Herbert fanclub confirming the news, was at the top of my inbox list. I sat there staring at it - tears streaming down my face and felt utterly shocked. This man was so integral in my journey to becoming a writer and now he was gone.
The Fog by James Herbert started my love affair with horror books and as the years went by I have bought and read another 18 of his books.
Hopefully, we will actually get to see The Secret of Crickley Hall in Australia - that would be something to really look forward to!
RIP James and thanks for being there for me when I needed you most xx