What a terrific story! The line that has always stuck with me over the years was also not far from the beginning when a hooker, after getting it every which way but Sunday (by two? blokes), is having a smoke and overlooking London from inside a skyscraper, and a nuke goes off. I'm just quoting from memory and in part, but goes something like...'And her face fused with the glass as the building fell over backwards.' It was a very tall building.
In addition to his horror, his sex scenes were the best bar none!
That was the charm of Mr Herbert to me, created a myriad of random characters and situations (in context of the story, rats, fog, dark, etc) in the space of a few pages and then dispatched them in the most wicked ways imaginable. A literary genius.
CLearing out my garage last Thursday i came across a box of old paperbacks and noticed i had The magic Cottage that i have never read. Gues i'll be back in there tonight to get it out and have a read, love Lair and The Fog
I listened to 'The Secret of Crickley Hall' on cd a while back on a long journey. Excellent and caused shivers down the spine. Although that may have been a rear window partly open. The television adaptation wasn't bad but the book and the cd were excellent.