WHEN YOU BECOME A PARENT, THE idea of your children being in danger engenders a particular dread. And if you’re a horror writer, that can change your attitude to your work. This, says Ramsey Campbell, is what happened with his friend James Herbert.

“[He told me] if he wrote about children in peril, he wouldn’t really be able to go the whole way in the way that he had with , where there’s a baby being eaten by rats,” he says. that could happen.”

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