James Herbert has been included on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List to receive an Order of the British Empire (OBE). The 67-year-old Herbert, who debuted as a novelist in 1974 with the classic The Rats, said he was “totally staggered and deeply honored” by this presentation, adding that he’d never imagined receiving the OBE for penning his sort of fiction.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V of the United Kingdom. The Order comprises five classes in civil and military divisions. In decreasing order of seniority, these are:

  • Knight Grand Cross (GBE) or Dame Grand Cross (GBE)
  • Knight Commander (KBE) or Dame Commander (DBE)
  • Commander (CBE)
  • Officer (OBE)
  • Member (MBE)

Herbert released a new novel every year between 1974 and 1988, wrote six novels during the 1990s and to date has released three new works in the 2000s.

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