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White and Other Tales of Ruin (Necon Modern Horror Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Tim Lebbon , Caniglia , Jack Ketchum
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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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 force you to follow in his direction. And most importantly, he will honor your heart ..."

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From 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.
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  • File Size: 2394 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Necon E-Books (August 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IT8WI0
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the light of the creeping darkness I slide...... February 21, 2004
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If you love spellbound, creepy tales of unbound terror and dread that comes from the soul, do not miss Lebbon's collection put together here in "White & Other Tales of Ruin." This is the first book of Lebbon I have read, and believe me I am running to the bookshelves for more.

His monsters are typically unseen but felt deep within your senses, rousing your inner level of safety to an alarming state of anxiety and trepidation. The prose is poetic in its telling of what the protagonists feel and taste and smell and see, the dialogue flowing and smooth, and the terror huge and real.

With a wonderful introduction by author Jack Ketchum, he mentions that Lebbon's stories have "teeth", and indeed they do; trust me, you will feel the bite. Also notable to me was the use of Caniglia's "On The Edge Of Paradise" artwork used for the jacket cover, and preceding each story is another horrendously beautiful sketch of Caniglia, whom I think is one of the most talented modern day artists.
There are six tales here in this collection, and I will give a brief summary of each.
White - Some people called it "The Doom", others called it "The Ruin", but either way it spelled a change in the world as we know it. Seven people find themselves trapped in a large manor house, each having initially gone there to get away from the haunts of their past. When the snow came, it didn't stop, and now everything is completely frozen, as the snow piles up higher and higher. There is no working transportation to take them back to the town 10 miles away, so they wait for the snow to stop.
Tension grows as one by one, each admit to having seen something in the snow; a deer perhaps, or a seagull or a cat, flitting just outside their peripheral vision.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great, collection May 20, 2004
My first experience with British author Tim Lebbon was a mixed one. My voracious appetite for apocalyptic tales virtually insured I would visit his writings one day. It seems that every book this author has written involves the collapse of civilization followed by horrific incidents, or at least that is what I have gathered from reading plot synopses of his various novels and short stories. When I finally decided to shell out some bucks for one of his books, I decided to pick up "White and Other Tales of Ruin," figuring that a collection of six short stories about the end of the world would give me a rather comprehensive view of what this guy is all about. The experience started on a positive note: none other than Jack Ketchum, of "The Girl Next Door" and "Red" fame, wrote an enthusiastic introduction for this compilation. Ketchum claims that Lebbon represents the cream of the crop of new young writers, a man who has "done his homework" and has a lot to offer fans of the horror genre. Since I am a fan of Ketchum's work, I took this as the best sort of endorsement, and eagerly dove into the first story. By the time I reached the end of the book, I was less enamored with the introduction's effusive praise. There are good stories here, but a few are rather pedestrian.
"White" introduces the reader to Lebbon's concept of "The Ruin," a series of catastrophic global events leading to the gradual extermination of humanity. Details are vague, but we do get a sense that limited nuclear exchanges matched with several devastating viruses have claimed, and continue to claim, the lives of several billion people. Even worse, nature itself is changing in dangerous ways.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the squeamish. October 3, 2011
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I am very excited that they finally put this book on Kindle. It is not the easiest book to find in print and I have owned 6 copies so far. Each one has been lent out until it is in tatters. As to the book itself... It's what Mr. Saul's books could be if his stories weren't so predictable. It's what Mr. King would write if he could get over the deus ex endings. In short, it's horror, done to absolute perfection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It isn't the End - its the Means August 15, 2007
While I won't cover the six tales in this book because they are beautifully treated by another reviewer, Schtinky, on this page, I do have to say that Lebbon's view of the world comes through vibrantly in his short stories. In White, we see a clean variant of the world as it is blanketed in a coat that it cannot shed, and slowly but surely the world seems to peel away and become a distant memory for those involved. This beauty turns the people involved towards more and more desperate actions, and this desperation reveals that there is not only a heavy snowfall raging against the face of the world but that there is something - bizarre - moving just out of sight.
Definitely a great read.
In From Bad flesh, the end is not a pretty picture but is instead a terrible thing that people desperately hope to cure. It is filled with images of that desperation and of the way that people feed upon people in lurid captions captured against the backdrop of The Sickness, and this motion toward a cure leads to - to what? Much like White, something sits just out-of-sight, making the reader squint and hope their eyes can collect all the details hidden amidst the pages.
Also an amazing read.
And the list goes on and on.

When I saw this little gem waiting for me in a package I unwrapped with care, I silently thanked a horror goddess for introducing me to tee ad and Lebbon for collecting pieces of short fiction. In my opinion this is Lebbon's strongpoint; although Lebbon has crafted many a book with many a catchy inkling, Lebbon excels at the idea behind the books and paints them beautifully when he is less worried about pages and more worried about content.
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More About the Author

I've been published for over fifteen years and have written over thirty horror, dark fantasy and tie-in novels, including Coldbrook, The Cabin in the Woods, the Noreela series of fantasy books (Dusk, Dawn, Fallen and The Island), the NY Times Bestselling novelisation of the movie 30 Days of Night, Alien: Out of the Shadows, Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi - Into the Void, and several books with Christopher Golden, including The Map of Moments and The Secret Journeys of Jack London. I've also written hundreds of novellas and novels. I've won several prestigious awards, and some of my work has been optioned for the big screen.

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