Published: MOT Press, 1999
- Pb, ISBN 0953700003
A novella; winner of the British Fantasy Award 2000 for Best Short Fiction, shortlisted for an International Horror Guild Award, SOON TO BE A MAJOR HOLLYWOOD MOVIE. The original chapbook is pretty hard to find, but the novella was reprinted in Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror: Volume 13 and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 11.
White came into being because Andy Fairclough asked me for a novella. Andy ran the Masters of Terror website, and when he decided to dip his hand into publishing he approached me to write his launch title. Again, this is a novella that seemed to come out of nowhere. I’d always wanted to write a siege story, but not just a simple one where the monsters are recognisable, the landscape familiar, the victims simply unfortunates thrown together be circumstance. And so White grew out of this idea, a siege novella where the ‘monsters’ are very unclear, where the conflicts inside the house are potentially as harmful as the things outside, and where the landscape is a desolate, deadly snowfield. A cross between The Thing and Assault on Precinct 13.
“… a terrific, very scary novella.” – Ellen Datlow
“White is a great little vignette containing some intriguing ideas and brutal imagery.” – Shivers
“For those who have not yet sampled Lebbon’s doom-laden tales of cosmic consequence, this is a fine place to start.” – Peter Crowther
“A masterpiece of traditional horror, graced with nuggets of sex and splatter. I really can’t praise it enough. It shot me to pieces.” – D.F. Lewis
“… striking and innovative” – Nick Gevers, SF Site