The Nature of Balance

My first mass market novel displays some of the concerns I still write about now–nature, environmental damage, loss of identity.

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One morning, the world does not wake up. Millions lie dead in their beds, killed by their own nightmares. They’re the lucky ones. For the survivors, the new world is a confusing, terrifying place. Things are different now. The balance of nature has shifted, and humankind is not longer the dominant species.

Blane is a man on his own in this world gone mad. He has no distant memories, only the vague certainty that something momentous has happened in his past. Fay is enigmatic, dangerous, a dark witch and a player of gruesome games. What roles will they play in nature’s new era? And will they be able to survive long enough to find out?

Here are some of the nice blurbs and reviews I had for this novel:

“Beautifully written and mysterious, The Nature of Balance will put some readers in mind of the great Arthur Machen. But with more blood and guts. A real Winner!” – Richard Laymon

“Tim Lebbon displays the sort of cool irony and uncanny mood-making that drive the best ”Twilight Zone” stories.” – New York Times Book Review

“Tim Lebbon is an immense talent and he’s become a new favorite. He has a style and approach unique to the genre. “ – Joe R. Lansdale

”One of the most powerful new voices to come along in the genre … Lebbon’s work … is infused with the contemporary realism of Stephen King and … the lyricism of Ray Bradbury.” – Fangoria

“Lebbon is among the most inventive and original contemporary writers of the dark fantastic.” – Ramsey Campbell

“Lebbon is a genuinely masterful writer … [with] fresh ideas, shimmering prose, and often terrifying scenarios.” – Rue Morgue

“…Lebbon’s writing … is profoundly moral, which is the hallmark of a serious writer, not merely a writer who takes his writing seriously.” – All Hallows

“Tim Lebbon is an important new voice in the fantasy field.  Bring on the night!” – Mark Chadbourn, author of The Age of Misrule and The Dark Age

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