James Herbert’s sequel to The Rats, Lair, was first published in 1979 in the United Kingdom and the United States, and featured a new cast of heroes and the steady maturation of Herbert’s writing style. Characterizations and action are more ably handled, and this sequel is in many ways superior to the original.
The work of James Herbert (1943-2013) is now recognized, thanks largely to the efforts of Ramsey Campbell and Stephen King, as a significant contribution to the field. This is the first time Lair been published in hardcover in the United States, and as such it is a true first edition. This is also the definitive edition, with reproductions (in color) of old hardcover and paperback editions, and illustrations by David Ho and Jason C. Eckhardt.
Smyth sewn, with head and tail bands, ribbon marker, and full color dustjacket with extra-long flaps. Set in Caslon, the book is 6 × 9 inches. Limited to 300 copies, each book is signed by Jason C. Eckhardt and David Ho, along with a Herbert-family-approved James Herbert facsimile signature.