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Sometimes horror is in the mind and sometimes it's real. Telling the difference isn't always easy. It wasn't for Joe Creed. He just photographed the unreal. Now he had to pay the price, because he always thought that demons were just a joke. But the joke was on him and it wasn't very funny. It was deadly....

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Creed Reviews

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-02-20 19:18

    James Herbert has done it again! I'm a huge fan of his novel The Rats for its unconventional horror and nearly satirical take on the disorganization of the government and public safety, but Creed is a whole other matter. Still as timely as ever and a powerful look at the celebrity-obsessed world we live in, this book swirls around with demons and mayhem and exploitative photographs to give a startling revelation on the price of fame, beauty and the public eye. To bask in the limelight, do you have to sell your soul first? If you're a fan of The Neon Demon, The Mephisto Waltz, Black Swan or Suspiria, you'll love this book.

  • Char
    2019-02-24 21:07

    4.5 stars! This book was a rocking good time! Any fan of 80's style horror would dig this novel.We have a paparazzo named Creed that is generally disliked. He is greedy, selfish and obnoxious. Thing is, you are rooting for him anyway. Mr. Herbert created a deeply flawed, but likable protagonist.The best part, next to the 80's pulp feel, is the humor. Herbert somehow manages to have you laughing, sometimes even in the midst of dire situations. Then there's a few inside jokes; at one point Creed spots a rat and thinks: "Didn't he read somewhere that rats were taking over the city? Good idea for a book there. Somebody ought to do it." Anyone familiar with James Herbert's works chuckles right there.I'm not going to get into the plot, the description does that. I will say that this book stoked up my Herbert jones and I can't wait to read more of his books. Highly recommended for fans of 80's horror. For a good time, call Creed!

  • Lisa
    2019-02-18 16:52

    3.5 starsI read this several (many?) years ago and loved it then - it was a bit naughty and shocking and funny!It is a bit dated but I still like the sass and the style of writing. Creed is an anti-hero, a paparazzo who thrives on the downfall and dirty secrets of others. The story is not too gory but it is gross in places and very far-fetched. The story is dark and twisted but delivered in a humorous tongue-in-cheek style.I have read most of James Herbert's books and with the exception of 'Once' and 'Ash' I think I'll be re-reading them all again soon.

  • Jon Recluse
    2019-03-13 22:11

    A photographer lives for that one shot. The picture that's worth a thousand words.Joe Creed is a paparazzo. He lives for that one shot. Sadly, his involves celebrities caught with their pants down. Preferably literally.The shot he gets, while in the right place at the wrong time, thrusts him into a waking nightmare. Reading like the unholy offspring of "Dirty Jobs" and "Tales from the Crypt" on speed, the horror is unrelenting, as Herbert keeps the creepy factor on high, while managing to blend in a healthy dose of dark humor (including one of the most hysterically shameless bits of author self promotion ever committed to paper). This one has it all: from a mysterious maniac who was hanged before World War II, the original Nosferatu, shapeshifting succubi, a killer toilet, costume parties in loony bins, a grinning cat, the legacy of Aleister Crowley, guest appearances by Jack Nicholson and Princess Fergie, plus so much more!A rollicking, retro romp of a horror novel that reminds me of how much fun the genre was back in the 80s.Highly recommended!

  • Chris
    2019-03-09 23:03

    When I was about 11 and at boarding school, I bought a boxset of James Herbert's books. In the boxset of three, were The Fog, The Rats and Lair. Actually, I should say I was given them by my parents; an 11-year-old boy would not have been allowed to purchase such books in those days. My parents, bless them, would also have been blissfully unaware of their content and would have been happy just in the fact that I was reading. Had they known what the books contained they would have refused, point blank, to buy them for me. I didn't deliberately misguide my parents by not telling them that they were horror books, it was just that I had read other books by James Herbert in the past and loved them that much that I was dying to read these.We were allowed half-an-hour of reading before 'lights out' at boarding school and after the assistant headmaster had roamed the corridors doing his nightly checks I whipped the boxset out and took one of the books to read. I was about thirty pages into 'The Fog' and already engrossed when Mr Rowland, the assistant head, came back into the dormitory to talk to one of the boys he had forgotten to relay a message to. He saw what I was reading and bellowed for me to hand the book and the boxset over. He said that I could have them back at the end of term. The next day I was called to the headmaster's office and consequently given 'six of the best', a term used when a pupil is caned, using a three foot long bamboo cane, across the palms of the hands, six times. It smarted a little.I went back to class, feeling sorry for myself, but mainly wondering why I had been so severely punished for wanting to read a book. It made me want to read the books even more, though, and at the end of term, having received my books back, and having read them, I realised why. They were brilliant! Mr Rowland was clearly jealous that I had the books, and he hadn't, and he had confiscated them all for his greedy self, the rotter! Ever since then I have loved James Herbert. Until, that is, I read 'Creed'.Now, I knew what to expect when I picked this book up off of my TBR shelf. I knew that it would be gory, and that it would have a good story, and that I would be engrossed. But none of these things occured. It was a bit of a rollercoaster, to be honest, parts were a four star and I 'got into' it, and others were a two star, especially the last eighty or so pages, the pages you expect to be the most enthralling, and I couldn't wait for it to end. It was too over the top, too unrealistic. All in all it was disappointing. And I'm disappointed not just because the book was bad but because James Herbert was one of my favourite authors, an author I remember fondly as a child, because I had an amazing childhood (apart from the several canings I received) and in a way this book has spoiled a tiny bit of my childhood; not a massive amout, just a tiny bit. If you were to ask me if I would read any more books by James Herbert my honest answer would be, unless it was recommended to me, I would have to say no. However, to you, the reader who is reading this review, do not let this put you off reading Herbert's earlier works; The Fog, Lair and The Rats are a must. Just dont waste your time with this one.

  • Bandit
    2019-02-26 20:17

    I'm a huge fan of the late great James Herbert and this was definitely one of his best. For one thing, Creed showcases Herbert's writing so well, it's a lighter book than his norm in terms of horror, but it has all the signature Herbert's strengths, well developed backstory, interesting (if not particularly likable or traditionally good)characters, action, sex that's actually plot driven, humor (this book in particular) and a boombastic finale. Creed is not a typical hero, not a her at all actually, he looks like a preworked on (mercy there)Mickey Rourke, makes a living as a paparazzo and is somewhat of a scoundrel in general. One day he takes a photo he shouldn't have taken of a person who couldn't possibly be and his whole world begins to unravel. From there on it's all demons, cemeteries at night, dark spooky (as if there are other kinds) dungeons, dangerous ladies, menacing creeps, parties with a cast of Universal Monsters and flash photography. Seriously, all that. Herbert narrates this book in a sly clever humorous let's tell you a story kind of way that really works here and makes the reading experience so much fun. Very entertaining and enjoyable read. Highly recommended.

  • Siobhan
    2019-03-03 20:55

    Ah, Creed. It is a book filled with the usual Herbert charm… and yet somehow it falls short therefore preventing it from earning a spot in my top three Herbert books.For me Creed was a battle between three and four stars. I felt as though there was not much action, with things moving at a much slower pace than I would have liked, therefore leaving me to give it the three rather than the four stars.Don’t get me wrong, it did have enough good points to prevent me from giving it an even lower rating. The amusement, for one. I’m not the only one to notice the reference to Herbert’s Rats. It is certainly a giggle worthy moment, and that is just one of the moments to be mentioned. The main character, whilst a terrible person, is entertaining in many ways.Overall, it is a good book for those who are fans of Herbert yet it does not show the writer at his best.

  • Mum
    2019-03-17 00:58

    As I have already explained, my choice of books are limited to those left by our members. Hence, the horror story which is not my usual genre pick. It was a well-paced if unbelieveable story of modern demons and and arch-demon Belial as seen through the eyes of a papparazzi determined to seek out the "great photo". I have to admit I enjoyed it. Theere was even a familiar demon, Nosferatu, from the 1920's/30's era. The only thing I didn't like was the nailing of a cat to a door lintel. However, it survived. Phew!

  • Sharon Hattingh
    2019-03-17 22:12

    This is Herbert at his best...all twisted, evil, demonic tale. It left me feeling quite disturbed indeed. What struck (actually always strikes me) of Herbert's heroes, are that they are always so REAL. Not huge, bulky, adonis-like creatures, all rippling muscles and dark, smoldering good looks....they are people, with faults and demons of their own; like you and me. Joe Creed, like David Ash, is a realistic guy, yet something extraordinary happens to him, something that changes his outlook on life and the dimensions there of forever - but not so much that he does not, kind of, relapse quickly into his old habits. James Herbert didn't so much create a hero in this dark, evil tale, no, he told a story about the human condition itself. He managed to recreate the old battle between darkness and light in an entirely new and refreshing way. (Refreshing yes, but bloody frightening!)As always, it was a sad moment when I closed the book, finished...and I thought, oh, I simply cannot wait for the next time Joe Creed catches up with these horrors he discovered in front of his camera lens. But then I remembered...there will never be more Herbert stories. He is, quite possibly, giggling hysterically at my stupid mistake...sitting there, in front of a large fire, his own book in hand, in another dimension.I can definitely recommend this read. It did not disappoint at all, but please, if you do decide to take a stab at it (and if you can stomach horrors beyond belief)....don't read it in the dark, before bed, should you be one to scare easily. And, especially this, be careful when you take pictures; things can look quite different when you stare at it through the lens of a camera....ask Joe, he'll tell you. So....I dare you! Read'll be gasping for breath by the end of it, I guarantee!

  • James Parsons
    2019-03-12 23:18

    Probably not your expected average Herbert horror novel, it came at a change in his direction of style. Before the very gothic tales, after the really graphic horror terrors. It did take a fair while to really get going, but eventually it was entertaining mostly thanks to a sleazy anti-hero lead character. Almost goes into a classic Dennis Wheatley tale toward the grand final chapters.

  • Emma Carrig
    2019-03-20 00:17

    Not the best Herbert book- a bit ridiculous/sensational for me, however I loved the character Creed himself! Saved the book IMO

  • Colin Garrow
    2019-02-22 20:05

    When freelance photographer Joe Creed sets out to capture a series of photos at the funeral of a famous actress, he gets the chance to take a few snaps of a strange old man at the graveside. But developing the pictures leads him into a mystery - one he can't easily explain. Learning the name of his unwitting subject and what it could mean if turns out to be true, only adds inconceivable reasoning to an already unsettling tale. With the help of an attractive ally, Creed sets out to discover just what the hell is going on.Sometimes the very thing that grabs a reader's attention (in terms of an author's style), is the same thing that can get a little annoying after a while - similar scenarios, use of language etc. And when that happens, sometimes it's best to just leave that particular writer alone for a while and spread your readery wings further afield. I first got into James Herbert's books in the late Seventies, when horror novels were coming back into fashion. With books like 'The Rats', 'The Fog' and 'The Dark', I found stories that had just the right amount of blood, guts and scary stuff to keep me interested for several years. Nevertheless, as I grew (perhaps) a little too familiar with the plots, other authors caught my attention and I veered away from Britain's most prolific horror writer. Now, with a suitable gap of twenty-odd years, I'm getting back to where my interest in the genre started.Joe Creed is a fascinating and realistic character and his chaotic exploits kept me eagerly turning the pages as the plot developed arms, legs and devilish tails, but I did find the author's inclination to comment on the story as it went along a little irritating. So while I'm more than happy to give the book five stars for its entertainment value alone, I don't think this is James Herbert's best work - it doesn't quite capture the audacity and excitement of his early writing and the unexpected twists are less twisty and not so unexpected.Nonetheless, this novel did renew my interest and those early books will, I'm sure, stand up to another look, so I'll be returning to James Herbert again soon - The Rats are coming...

  • Katy Mann
    2019-03-11 22:18

    Really enjoyed this one.Creed is a paparazzi, one of those photographers we love to hate. While on assignment, hiding in a mausoleum and hoping to get a gossip-worthy shot at a celebrity's funeral, he takes a picture of something that isn't supposed to exist.These photos take him into a world of demons and monsters, beings who at first are eager to reclaim this evidence of their existence, but then begin to want more from him.Herbert makes thrilling use of the image of the vampire Count Orlock from Murnau's 1922 filem Nosferatu.

  • Ubiquitousbastard
    2019-03-18 19:19

    Like much of James Herbert, just a tad too heavy on the sex. Enough that it dropped a star with me. Well, that and the fact that the book seemed to get slower as it went on. I mean, I love a quick start, but I also like the author to at least try to keep it up, or what's the point? The lack of character development was kind of a fun idea, actually I liked the whole concept; it's the execution that was lacking.

  • Janith Pathirage
    2019-02-20 23:04

    It was quite good and original. Wish they'll make a nice horror movie based on this one. I find this book bit more horrific than some of the Stephen King novels I've read. But I'm not comparing Herbet with King yet. Currently I'm reading another book by James Herbert, "The Ghosts of Sleath". Would love to compare the two books once I'm done with it. Then I can think about 'Herbert' vs 'King'... Boy, that would be so interesting...

  • Ignacio Senao f
    2019-03-13 22:20

    Molesto fotógrafo, que solo busca coger la imagen mas impertinente para ganar más dinero. Hasta que hace una vez más fotos que no debe, pero a la persona menos indicada. Ese poco indicado, querrá sea como sea borrar las fotos, pero el real problema no es su locura, poco que perder y lo malote. Es que tiene unos amigos algo sobrenaturales que le ayudaran.

  • Lorraine
    2019-03-04 23:05

    I loved this book, well right up until the last 2 chapters. Very jumpy, even gave me nightmares ha, but the ending really let it down. Felt as though it was rushed to finish it, was quite disappointed :(

  • Kim
    2019-03-11 00:16

    This novel was fast paced and, for the most part quite exciting - it kept me turning pages until the end. However, when I bought this I was looking for something that would scare me. As with 'The Magic Cottage' (the last Herbert novel I read) this unfortunately failed to deliver on that front. Worth a solid 3.5 stars but just didn't quite make it to 4 or 5.

  • Robyn Koshel
    2019-03-14 23:18

    Joe Creed is not likeable at first – he is a sort of slow burn. Although, at the start of the book he does claim to be a self-confessed scum bag; however, his later actions proves differently.James Herbert is still the undisputed King of British horror and his books are a British institution. Although, I do not think this is one of his best books – I am comparing this book to the whole of his works but that in no way invalidates “Creed”’s merit.“Creed” is a macabre psychological horror with the right blend of creepy and disturbing. It is uniquely British and it is one book that highlights Herbert’s pithy and refreshing writing style.“Creed” is fast paced and hooks you right in on the first page. There is plenty of sleight of hand and double dealings to keep you guessing.Joe Creed, paparazzi- inadvertently snaps off a few pictures he shouldn’t have had at an old starlets funeral. What he sees, kicks off a macabre adventure. The supernatural powers that be, wants Joe’s negatives and pictures at any cost.Cally appears as a casual acquaintance just as the relentless supernatural attacks start. Joe ignores the requests for the pictures until they kidnap his son. He finds he needs to trust Cally, but everything about her is dubious.Quickly plunged into a world of the occult and demon worshipping, Creed will do anything to get his son back.Herbert often uses sex as a tool of psychological warfare- and this books no different. Sex is used to confuse and distract Creed, and even used as a method to have him spiral down into madness.Newly re-issued by Pan Macmillan in paperback and e-book editions, after James Herbert’s passing some years ago. There is no reason why you shouldn’t rediscover James Herbert and see for yourself why he is a legend.

  • Trisha
    2019-03-12 17:02

    Bij de begrafenis van een beroemde Hollywood-ster is ook Joseph Creed aanwezig. Joseph is foto-journalist. Dag en nacht ligt hij op de loer om sensationele plaatjes te schieten.Creed mag dan een fotograferende aasgier zijn, hij is goed in zijn vak. Hij aarzelt dan ook geen moment om na de begrafenis met zijn camera een vreemde man te betrappen die op ziekelijke wijze het verse graf schendt. Creed is razend benieuwd naar de identiteit van deze persoon, want hij lijkt sprekend op de beruchte kindermoordenaar die tientallen jaren geleden werd opgehangen...Korte tijd later wenst Creed dat hij nooit aan zijn speurtocht naar de onbekende grafschenner was begonnen. Tot bloedens toe verwond, verbijsterd en doodsbang moet Creed erkennen dat duistere krachten van zijn geest bezit hebben genomen. Creed kan geen weerstand bieden aan hun lage, dierlijke verlangens.Maar de demonen zijn vermoeid. De eeuwen en het kwaad dat zij hebben gesticht hebben hun tol geëist. Zij zijn moe, en kwaad op Creed, gruwelijk kwaad... ---Omdat ik, toen ik het boek las, nog geen (echte) beoordelingen en mening gaf over boeken is het voor mij niet mogelijk om nu een juiste waardering aan het boek te geven. Ik hoop in de aankomende jaren tijd te vinden om oude boeken weer op te pakken om opnieuw te lezen, zodat ik ook deze boeken een juiste waardering kan geven.---Overige boekinformatie:CreedUitgeverij: Van Holkema & Warendorf (1990)ISBN : 90.269.7164.8285 pagina’s; Paperback

  • Mehmet
    2019-02-27 00:17

    Creed for me was one of James Herbert good books. I prefered it to 48' and found it to have all the ingredients for an interesting and scary novel. I was lucky to have read this book while we had a period of very wet weather in England. Nothing adds to the atmosphere of a horror novel more then the pitter patter of rain drops on the windows, during a rainy night. What scare me most in a horror books is when a period of normacy is invaded by unnatural incidents which effect every day living. The main character Joe Creed has many such evils forced upon him in his seach for the truth. Yes are anti hero is a paparazzo. I will not tell you the plot, yet I do recommend this book to horror and thriller fans. The one thing that made me rate this book only three stars was because the main character was a most unlikable individual, now our media in the UK is full of stories, films and music, making us reflect on people who only care for themselves are very selfish and have a lack of compassion and reflection when it comes to their action on other people. This book had one such person, although I do not mind reading books in which our hero is less then perfect, I cannot fully enjoy a story in which the hero is not a nice person. Its one of my own issues, but I just feel that we are more and more asked to sympathies with people who when push comes to shove will not show the same consideration to us.

  • Valerie
    2019-02-22 20:18

    'Creed' is the first book I have read of the late James Herbert's and although it may not be the last, I can only say that I enjoyed it much of the time but not all of the time. Herbert has created a really 'human' main character in the paparazzo, Creed, who finds himself drawn into a sinister world. It was Herbert's humour, the bits that made me laugh out loud, that made me continue to read. However, there were times that the scenes and dialogue seemed somewhat amateurish for such a renowned author and they reminded me of soap opera scripts. The storyline was interesting enough but it lapsed into farce now and then, and even for a book of this genre, fantasy/horror, it seemed far too over the top. Creed is written in third person with the unknown narrator very much in the picture. While the narrator's frequent asides and explanations, (mostly about Creed, reminding us what a flawed character he is - although I actually liked him) are often funny, the narrator sometimes feels intrusive and unnecessary. I felt that Herbert, by way of character or narrator, kept explaining scenes to his reader as if we are somewhat lacking in the brain department.

  • Laura Crosse
    2019-03-02 17:55

    Mmmm...this wouldn't really be my usual type of book but it wasn't bad at all. Im not so much into to horror so Im not entirely sure why I bought a collection of Herbert's books but this was the first one I attempted anyway. It started off well and I really like Herbert's style of writing, its very easy to read and you reallly connect with the main character Joe Creed because the author so readily admits he has many faults. There's no point in hiding them when it comes to Creed, they're way too obvious and abundant. It was fast paced and interesting and of course at times quite scary. However it was never terrifying and it was more a kind of mind game book which didn't really appeal to me. By the end I'm not sure what actually happened and what they made Creed believe happened but I think that's kind of what the author wanted. The reader to be unsure as to what's real and what's not. I'm tempted to give the rest of Herbert's books away, not because they're bad but because it's just not a favourite genre of mine. I may attempt one more after some time has passed, I'll see!!

  • Andrew Garvey
    2019-02-19 19:14

    Its been many, many years since I read a James Herbert book and I'm not sure whether my tastes have changed a lot more than I thought they had or whether this just isn't a good example of a Herbert book.On the plus side, it's a quick read which rattles along well after a slow start and far more information than you'd actually ever need about the profession of the book's 'hero'.Now, obviously no-one would or should try to make a paparazzo an entirely sympathetic figure but Joe Creed is so unrealistically loathsome, boneheaded and obsessed with sex (even while his son seems to spend forever in mortal danger) that it's impossible not to want him to die in all kinds of inventively hideous ways.Herbert's own interjections as the storyteller are a slightly irritating mis-step but the story is decent enough. Some of the creature descriptions veer too far into silliness, undermining any threat or fear they might hold.Sadly, Creed is disappointing enough that I doubt I'll be trying another of Herbert's books for a while yet.

  • Kari
    2019-02-18 20:16

    I don't think this is one of his best but was good enough to keep me interested from start to finish. The horror wasn't as strong as many of the others and Herbert often undercut it by drawing attention to himself as the writer by making references to 'our hero' and talking about where the story will go next. It was more a character study of belief, the power to rationalise and how a sceptical and largely selfish personality reacts to shocking and stressful situations. Herbert sets Creed out from the beginning as someone we may not like but keeps the character interesting enough so that the reader will want to follow his story. The horror is subtle until the you reach the final scenes, which is where the story really comes together and rushes along, sweeping you with it. This is a quick, good read but for true Herbert horror there are better books of his to try.

  • Niki
    2019-02-20 18:14

    A really cool book! I enjoyed it a lot. It combined the paranormal with pulp, a bit of noir, horror, and humour, which I always appreciate in books. Case in point, my favourite scene from the book was: "Bastard", a woman's voice said at the other end."This is he", Creed replied"Creed was a great protagonist, one you were rooting for, and the book draws you in from the very first chapter. If this was my first contact with James Herbert, it guaranteed that there would be a second. The horror scenes are also well written, and stay on your mind long after you've finished reading (especially the one in the beginning of the book- you know which I'm talking about, although it's not exactly "horror")

  • The Bookworm Review
    2019-03-03 19:02

    I love this story even though Joe Creed is a complete "self-centered bastard". I'm a fan of 80's horror fiction. Today's books in this genre are just way too over-the -top -unbelievable and unnecessarily explicit both in sexual and gore content for my reading comfort. The plot is engaging and for someone who has an open mind to the supernatural as I do thanks to my world travels and historical site explorations on some of those journeys , I would say that this book is one of my go to books if I need a book to read and enjoy, (especially in my bath), between reading new fiction books or reading to my young readers. I regularly pick this book up from my bookshelf every year. I won't spoil the plot for new readers but it is a devilishly good read.

  • Nicky
    2019-03-17 23:10

    Thought this book started brilliantly..but the ending was a complete let down..It started off scary and jumpy..making you feel really afraid for he main character..but overly graphic and a little unnecessery sex scenes and slightly unbelievable twists started make me loose interest. The plot would have been good but i felt the author went off on a tangent too much and tried to turn it from the thriller it started as into something not @ all believable..The ending seemed rushed and didn't have a climax which you kind of were expecting..I likied Joe Creed's character and that of his son, but i thought you didn't ever find out enough about Malik..Read and passed on..

  • Philip Oyok
    2019-03-05 17:02

    James Creed. Papparazzi, and all-time asshole. I did enjoy this novel the first time I read it. I loved the sense of displayful humour the writer used in telling the story. It feels less of a horror and more a psychological one. And the main character is never the sort of person you'd ever want to make friends with, and he never changes. And I feel that's one of the traits that makes the novel take a downturn for me. Another issue is that the novel feels so late 80's. But its still a worthy read.

  • Jess Pagan
    2019-02-18 18:15

    One of my favourite books, I love the seediness and how the main character is not innocent, he's not nice, he's selfish and arrogant and at times you're rooting for all the bad stuff that happens to him because you feel he deserves it. I love the character for his wickedness though, he's not an evil person but he doesn't care and the way he thinks is very passive and careless. How can I say anything bad about this? I mean, it's written by James Herbert who is a writer of no faults.