My brand new novella STILL LIFE is up for pre-order now from Spectral Press, limited to 125 signed hardcover copies. It’s being launched at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton this November, but pre-orders are being taken now. Cover art by the amazing Jim Burns will be revealed soon!
Writer and broadcaster Muriel Gray says:
“Tim Lebbon conjures up the horror of a world distorted by fear, distrust, and something unspeakable. With respectful nods to H.P Lovecraft Still Life rubs reality up against nightmares in this compact, engrossing treat.”
It’s my first novella for some time, and I’m delighted with how it turned out. Surreal, horrific, dreamlike … nightmarish … I think it’s one of my best.
Here’s the blurb:
Jenni’s husband was part of the Road of Souls––his flesh swarmed by ants and pecked by rooks, bones crushed to powder by wheels of dread––and yet she still saw him in the pool.
The incursion has been and gone, the war is over, and the enemy is in the land, remote and ambiguous. The village outskirts are guarded by vicious beasts, making escape impossible. The village itself is controlled by the Finks, human servants to the enemy––brutal, callous, almost untouchable.
Everything is less than it was before… time seems to move slower, the population is much denuded, and life itself seems to hold little purpose. This is not living, it’s existing.
But in a subjugated population, there is always resistance.
For Jenni, the happiest part of this new life is visiting the pool in the woods, seeing her dead husband within, and sharing memories of happier times. It calms her and makes her feel alive.
But the resistance comes to her for help.
And when her dead husband tells her it is time to fight, Jenni’s life is destined for a shattering change.