WIRRAL-based horror writer Ramsey Campbell is to receive an honorary fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University for an 'outstanding' contribution to literature.

The Liverpool-born author is one of the most celebrated horror writers of his generation and has received more awards for his work than any other author in the horror genre.

His work has even been praised by others writers including Stephen King and James Herbert.

The Oxford Companion to English Literature describes Wallasey-based Ramsey as 'Britain's most respected living horror writer'.

The 69-year-old will receive his Honorary Fellowship during a graduation ceremony at the university in July.

He told the Globe "I'm deeply flattered, and I feel very honoured on behalf of my field as well."

Born in Liverpool, the policeman's son has lived all of his life on Merseyside. He is a writer, editor and critic who has been a creative force for over 50 years.

He is the most decorated author of horror, winning four World Fantasy Awards, ten British Fantasy Awards, three Bram Stoker Awards, and the Horror Writers’ Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ramsey has a longstanding relationship with BBC Radio Merseyside, where he regularly broadcasts, having reviewed films for that station for almost forty years.

Vice-chancellor of John Moores University Professor Nigel Weatherill said: "The Honorary Fellows each represent a different profession and background and reflect the full range of disciplines within the University.

"Their passion and commitment in their chosen field illustrates the defining ethos of LJMU to dream, plan and achieve and to do so in support of others.

“They are all role models for our students and for our staff and I look forward to their participation in the life of the University through our fellowship."