White and Other Tales of Ruin [NOOK Book]

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From Jack Ketchum's introduction: "These stories are meant to chill you, to hurt you, and they will. But they’ll do so for the right reasons. They’ll do so because of the people ... In each one all hell’s broken loose, something terrible has happened and something in the world is winding down. But that doesn’t mean the human spirit’s winding down. Far from it. That’s where the stories get their teeth from and why they hurt ... He will not insult your intelligence. He will not betray you with cheap tricks just to ...

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Overview

From Jack Ketchum's introduction: "These stories are meant to chill you, to hurt you, and they will. But they’ll do so for the right reasons. They’ll do so because of the people ... In each one all hell’s broken loose, something terrible has happened and something in the world is winding down. But that doesn’t mean the human spirit’s winding down. Far from it. That’s where the stories get their teeth from and why they hurt ... He will not insult your intelligence. He will not betray you with cheap tricks just to force you to follow in his direction. And most importantly, he will honor your heart ..."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Futures blighted by technology run amok, ecological despoliation and evolutionary grotesquerie run through the six novellas that make up this new collection from British horror maestro Lebbon (As the Sun Goes Down). Their science fictional backdrops notwithstanding, these Frankensteinian glimpses of dystopias just around the corner are riddled with the visceral imagery of hardcore horror. In "From Bad Flesh," a man's quest to find a shaman who will cure the tumors overrunning his flesh becomes a travelogue through lands of the diseased and maimed, all victims of a virulent global "Sickness." "White" tells of a dwindling band of humans trapped in a terminal blizzard, picked off in hideous fashion by half-glimpsed snow phantoms. In the book's best entry, "The Origin of Truth," a family anxiously awaits the onslaught of an uncontrolled nanotech virus that's voraciously consuming and reshaping the basic matter of the world. Lebbon knows how to render atrocities of the flesh and spirit, but he's on less sure ground when trying to find reassurance for humanity in the midst of the bloody mayhem. One character, observing the surreal contradictions of the landscape, notes, "The deep blue of the sky, decorated with an occasional cloud cheerful in its fluffiness; and the bloody red mess of open meat, steaming insides, pulsing wounds." This contrast is endemic to the grim worldview these apocalyptic fictions share, and readers will be hard put to see the hope amid the carnage. (Jan. 7) FYI: The title story won a British Fantasy Award. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940046414820
  • Publisher: Bob Booth
  • Publication date: 8/12/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 849,129
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Tim Lebbon is a British fantasist who is barely 40 years old (b1969). He has been publishing his brand of dark fantasy for less than 15 years. Yet in that short time he has garnered an astounding 23 nominations and an unheard of 7 wins for every major award the fantasy field has to offer (The British Fantasy Award, The International Horror Guild Award, The Bram Stoker Award, The Locus Poll, The World Fantasy Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award). He has led (by example) the movement to restore honor to the novella as a vehicle for the horror tale.

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

    Fascinating story-telling,written in a modest but artful prose.I

    Fascinating story-telling,written in a modest but artful prose.I was captivated.

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