The Nature of Balance

October 11th, 1999 • Posted in Novels |

Published: Prime Books / Leisure Books, 2001


One morning, the world does not wake up. People lie dead in their beds, killed by their own nightmares. They’re lucky. For the few remaining survivors, the new world is a confusing, terrifying place. Things are different now. The balance of nature has shifted … Mankind is not longer the dominant species–it is an intruder, something to be removed, destroyed by an Earth bent on vengeance. 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?

In development as a movie



“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

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3 comments on “The Nature of Balance”

  1. Sam Charlton says:

    I’m not sure who reads this, but I’m excited to finally be able to say something. I’m currently 17, but I have had “The Nature of Balance” since I was probably 6 or so. I always used to try to read it when I was younger, and I recently found the book again and got to read through it. This book is nothing less than my favorite, and I’ve been trying to find a way to contact someone about making it into a moive. I’m extremely glad to see that it is in the process of being made into one too, I think it will make the perfect “horror” movie. =)Tim Lebbon has been my inspiration to write what I write all my life, even though I didn’t understand what the book was about when I was so young. Thank You!!

  2. Alexandra Henry says:

    I have an eerily similar story to the previous comment left by Sam. I am currently 28 years old, yet the first time I attempted to read “The Nature of Balance” I was around 10 years old. I remember sitting down with said book as well as a dictionary, pausing every page or so to look up any unfamiliar words. It’s something about the style of writing and even just the ingenious plot in general that is so mesmerizing and captivating. To this day, it’s my favorite book and I believe it really guided me and sparked my voracious appetite for reading. I actually had to purchase a new copy because I recommended it to every literature lover that would listen and I loaned it out to someone who never returned it! The greatest achievement is a work that transcends time, and I can attest to the fact that every time I read this book it takes on new meaning. Thank you, Tim Lebbon, for sharing your talent with us!

  3. Tim Lebbon says:

    Wow thank you so much, both Sam and Alexandra! I’m almost lost for words. I’m so glad you liked this novel — something I wrote probably more than 20 years ago now, it’s great to know it’s still being read, and loved. Thank you so much.

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