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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterclass in Horror fiction writing
Since its first publication in 1999 White has gained almost mythical status as a hard to find novella by one of the finest exponents of that format, Tim Lebbon. Now, thanks to his new publishing imprint, Dreaming In Fire Press, White and many of Lebbon's other classic tales are finally easily available and at bargain prices.

White is set in a snow covered land...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Predictable Horror yarn.
Lebbon takes some tried (or tired?) and tested horror elements - a set of desperate survivors in isolation menaced by an unknown terror- and, well that's about it. The one slightly original element is the setting, stranded in the snow blown wilderness, the surroundings are described as being bleached out. The ending is predictable. But still fairly eerie. In the as a...
Published on 16 May 2001


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterclass in Horror fiction writing, 18 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: White (Kindle Edition)
Since its first publication in 1999 White has gained almost mythical status as a hard to find novella by one of the finest exponents of that format, Tim Lebbon. Now, thanks to his new publishing imprint, Dreaming In Fire Press, White and many of Lebbon's other classic tales are finally easily available and at bargain prices.

White is set in a snow covered land following an apocalyptic event "the ruin". The country has been ravaged by disease, extremes of weather and technological breakdown, in short society has disintegrated. As well as these manifestations of disaster there are other less obvious but even more terrible threats to humankind in the shape of the Whites.

We meet a group, who through various circumstances, become trapped in a house in the middle of blizzard like conditions. Soon though, weather is the least of their problems as the whites put in an appearance and the novella follows their desperate attempts to survive.

While it may seem a well worn concept, a group of people trapped in a remote house, White is anything other than a generic slasher. Instead Tim Lebbon's writing maintains an air of mystery throughout giving the whole novella added depth. The characters, although only briefly outlined, are all alive, complete with flaws. Above all though, Lebbon's descriptive writing maintains the suspense which drives the story. The tension rarely lets up as the threat is gradually revealed and a couple of neat twists keep the reader entertained to the end. Yet amidst all the action the book also manages to convey a message about the threat technology poses to our connection with nature, this adds yet another layer to an already deep and memorable story.

If that isn't enough for you the digital edition of the novella also includes a bonus short story, the emotionally powerful Kissing At Shadows.

Given the price of this edition and the quality of the writing I have no hesitation in recommending White. The novella often feels like the ideal length for a horror story and Tim Lebbon has consistently shown himself to be one of it's greatest practitioners. So while you are purchasing White take a look at the other classics that Dreaming In Fire Press have released and enjoy a master class in horror fiction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unsettling vision of the future, 13 Feb. 2001
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Lebbon delivers another fine creepy tale with this short story, following the fate of a group of people trapped in a Cornish cottage by the weather.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!, 15 Jun. 2014
This review is from: White (Kindle Edition)
White is Tim Lebbon's brilliant post apocalyptic novella. This isn't a zombie apocalypse, or one of destruction after a nuclear war. Instead, Lebbon brings us undefined monsters in an eerie landscape of unending snow. He introduces us to an assorted cast of characters each with their own neurosis; they are all trapped together in a house where they were originally charged with doing research on what was going wrong with the environment.
Lebbon uses his superb writing skills to slowly draw the reader into an increasingly terrifying situation with no means of escape. This is a book I would recommend to anyone, no matter the genre they normally read, just so they could experience the surreal and terrifying world that Lebbon has created.

As a bonus there is a short story included with this novella. It perfectly compliments the bleak tone that is in White. Lebbon gives his readers a little something extra with this emotional story of a family that has been torn apart and a husbands undying loyalty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars beguiling!, 2 April 2014
This review is from: White (Kindle Edition)
One of the previous reviews for this book commented on its “tried, tested and tired” set up, but essentially aren’t all stories just that, what makes them stand out is the writing, the settings, the characters and the odd twist.

I think TL managed this. He is also a master at human observation, the little details and nuances about a personality. Despite all his characters having very scanty to no background he made me care about them, want to know more; it was beguiling.

One simple line at the very start made me realise I was going to really enjoy this author’s work: we could not leave Boris lying dead in the snow. Apply whatever levels of civilisation, foolish custom or superiority complex you like, it just wasn't done.

After the first dead body shows up this hodgepodge group of survivors begin to show cracks, then as the second of them is found punctured to death by “something” the paranoia really ramps up. How each character copes with it is the fundamental element of the story and TL is very adept at keeping them very separate characters. He picks at human nature in a very precise way, showing up with the flaws and bringing out the annoying habits that would soon grate.

A very brief paragraph gives the minimal information as to how this motely group came together and why. The world is going to Ruin as nuclear reactors have been melting down, it is obvious in the comments from the group that humankind has become more of a cancerous plague upon the planet and the speculation is that Earth, God, Nature, take your pick is fighting back, with devastating consequences.

At times this was more like a good murder mystery with a gore/horror flavor but this novella kept me rapt for the 3+ hours. There is a wonderful element of dark humour; mutant badgers and hedgehogs gone bad… really made me giggle.
As each continuing death ratcheted up the tension, TL introduces new nuggets of the mystery to keep you guessing at who or what is doing the killing. Allowing the tension to show through his characters, where you are privy to little secrets about certain members.

The narrator is never given a name, we only know him through the grief of his wife, taken early in the Ruin and his constant commentary on the situation; he does appear to be losing a few cogs of sanity though, which is interesting to observe.

The ending was a big disappointment to me until I thought about it for a few hours. Like a locked room mystery you never fully understand what is going on. I usually like all my horrors to have had faces, names, and a reason. But I enjoyed this “drop of a cliff” ending because of the story. It has left me feeling more spooked than an explanation. A true shiver down the spine.

Unusually I found not one single grammatical error.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Predictable Horror yarn., 16 May 2001
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Lebbon takes some tried (or tired?) and tested horror elements - a set of desperate survivors in isolation menaced by an unknown terror- and, well that's about it. The one slightly original element is the setting, stranded in the snow blown wilderness, the surroundings are described as being bleached out. The ending is predictable. But still fairly eerie. In the as a reader I've been taken here before with far more satisfying results. No way near as good as his other stuff.
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