Lair (novel)

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Author James Herbert
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre horror fiction, science fiction
Publisher New English Library
Publication date
Media type paperback and hardback
Pages 272 pp (paperback)
ISBN 0450049701 (paperback)
Preceded by The Rats
Followed by Domain

Lair is a 1979 science fiction horror novel by James Herbert, the first sequel to his debut The Rats and sixth book overall.[1][2] He wrote two more sequels in the series after this: 1984's Domain and 1993's The City. The latter was a graphic novel.

Each book charts the spread of a mutant breed of carnivorous rat which attacks humans in groups, rips them apart, and devours them. While the first book was set among the market stalls and streets of London, this one moves the action to the English countryside.


  1. ^ "Herbert, James, 1943-2013". British Library. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  2. ^ (June 19, 2008), "The Rat Trilogy," The Horror Section. Retrieved February 7, 2017