Tim Lebbon is the author of nearly thirty books, including The Island and, with Chris Golden, the acclaimed Hidden Cities series. He is the winner of numerous British Fantasy Awards and a Bram Stoker Award. He lives in the Welsh countryside with his wife and children.

His brand new book, Coldbrook, just came out from Titan, and since I loved the book so much, I was thrilled to ask Tim a few questions about it!


Kristin Centorcelli: Congrats on the new book, COLDBROOK! I absolutely loved it. I hesitate to call it a zombie book, because it’s so much more, but what was your inspiration for it? Where did the idea come from?
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BOOK REVIEW: Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: In an underground facility among the Appalachians, a door has been opened into another world, but now something has come through that threatens the very existence of our world.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Interesting characters, solid story, lots of zombie action with a big twist.
CONS: Quite a few dream/vision sequences that pulled me out of the narrative a bit.
BOTTOM LINE: This is not your momma’s zombie book. Coldbrook is an intelligent thriller that offers much more than flesh eaters on the prowl.
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[EXCERPT] COLDBROOK by Tim Lebbon

Out this week from Titan Books is Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon and SF Signal brings you an exciting excerpt!

Here’s what the book is about:

Coldbrook is a secret laboratory located deep in Appalachian Mountains. Its scientists had achieved the impossible: a gateway to a new world. Theirs was to be the greatest discovery in the history of mankind, but they had no idea what they were about to unleash.

With their breakthrough comes disease and now it is out and ravaging the human population. The only hope is a cure and the only cure is genetic resistance: an uninfected person amongst the billions dead.

In the chaos of destruction there is only one person that can save the human race.

But will they find her in time?

Following is an excerpt from Coldbrook
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Tim Lebbon is the author of nearly thirty books, including The Island and, with Chris Golden, the acclaimed Hidden Cities series. He is the winner of numerous British Fantasy Awards and a Bram Stoker Award. He lives in the Welsh countryside with his wife and children.

His brand new book, Alien: Out of the Shadows, will be out from Titan at the end of January, and Tim stopped by to answer a few of my questions…


Kristin Centorcelli: Your new novel, Alien: Out of the Shadows will be out at the end of January and is the first of a new trilogy! It also features the beloved Ellen Ripley. Will you give us a bit of a teaser as to what fans of the films can expect from the new book?

Tim Lebbon: The premise of the new trilogy (which is actually a very loose trilogy, with the stories linked by theme but little else) actually came directly from Fox, and I had to develop my part of it. My novel features Ellen Ripley in a new adventure, in new surroundings, and with new characters. Although fans will meet one other character that they know. To say more would be to give stuff away, but…in the 57 years that Ripley was adrift between Alien and Aliens, she wasn’t always asleep.
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TOC: ‘Nothing As It Seems’ by Tim Lebbon

PS Publishing has posted the table of contents for Tim Lebbon’s collection Nothing As It Seems:

Here’s the book description:

An old woman mourning her dead husband builds something in the woods, and rain gives it life . . . A Nazi seeks gold with which to flee the fall of Berlin, and finds it in the most unlikely place . . . On the mysterious continent of Noreela, a Violet Dog returns from myth to seek its own brand of vengeance . . . In a land devastated by famine, survivors are meat . . . A dying criminal seeks the one good thing he has ever known . . . A boy mourns his dead mother, and seeks a way to bring his living father back to him . . . Tim Lebbon’s short stories and novellas have won several major awards and been included in many year’s best anthologies, as well as The Best of Best New Horror and Century’s Best Horror. In this, his most accomplished collection to date, nothing is quite as it seems.

Here’s the table of contents…
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Free eBook: “Berserk” by Tim Lebbon

[UPDATE: Looks like the free deal is over. If it makes you feel any better, I got mine! Otherwise…sorry!]

Amazon US and UK are offering Tim Lebbon’s horror novel Berserk as a free eBook for Kindle apps and devices.

Here’s the book description:

From New York Times Bestselling author Tim Lebbon, comes BERSERK!

The army had said it was a training accident. But why had the coffin they sent home been sealed? On a dark night, in a deserted field, Tom begins to unearth the mass grave where he hopes – and fears – that he will find his son’s remains. He finds instead madness: corpses in chains and dead bodies that still move and grasp and clutch. And one little girl, dead and rotting, who promises to help Tom find what he’s looking for, if only he will free her.

[via Black Static]

Grab your water bottles, gas masks and Lugers folks! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

Books shown here:

NOTE: Bigger, better cover art images are available by clicking the images or title links.

Grab your Spartan Armor, folk! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

Books shown here:

NOTE: Bigger, better cover art images are available by clicking the images or title links.

SF Tidbits for 7/28/09

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