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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  265 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Winner of the British Fantasy Award, selected for several 'Best of' anthologies, optioned for the big screen!

First comes the Ruin. Society crumbles. Then comes the snow. A handful of survivors flee to a Cornish mansion, seeking peace and safety. Instead they find themselves under siege from the things now inhabiting the snowscape outside ... fleeting, terrifying things see
Kindle Edition, 62 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Dreaming in Fire
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Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this novella when it first came out. When? I truly don't know! But, for years afterwords I'd think of this story. I knew it was in one of my zombie apocalypse tales. Back then, I had a seven foot bookshelf full of zombie stuff! So, I wasn't going to look for something that I really, really wanted to read again! Then the kindle came along! A few years later I again discovered this story that I wanted to read again! I had no clue who the author was, but I knew it took place in England in sn ...more
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
White by Tim Lebbon is a really quick horror novella at only a little over sixty pages. In a snowy dystopian setting a few survivors are in fear for their lives as they are being stalked by the unknown in the frozen tundra.

This novella is one that there wasn't a lot of depth to the story but instead jumps right into a fearful situation. The problem with this is that none of the characters really stand out or the setting make much sense when tossed into the story.

At one point during this read I
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
White is a fantastic novella depicting a refreshingly different type of apocalypse referred to by the characters as The Ruin. Told from the first-person POV of the main protagonist, White throws the reader right into the mix of the horror as six surviving individuals holed up in a country manor wait out the worst of what has befallen the main population centres, only to learn that they have isolated themselves, amongst the seemingly endless snow falls, with something incredibly deadly that is in ...more
Warren Fournier
Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it
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Steve Stred
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
* Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! *

I’ve read 3 or 4 of Tim’s works now and he’s quickly grown into a must-read author for me. From ‘The Silence‘ and ‘Eden‘ it seems like Tim spends a fair amount of time pondering the end of humanity and what the survivors must deal with.

I snagged ‘White‘ when the COVID-19 Pandemic broke and Tim offered a number of his works for free.

What I liked: I typically don’t mention my own works in reviews, but if you’ve followed my writing side you know
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, read-2014
4 Stars

A decent horror novella by one of my very favorite authors. This book has plenty of cold, even more snow, and an antagonist that may or may not be what it seems.

I am tough on novellas as they often seem to be lacking due to their size alone. This one is no different. I am giving it 4 stars which is one more than it deserves because Lebbon is such a fabulous writer.

"When Jayne died there was no sense of release. My grief was as great as if she’d been killed at the height of health, her slo
Hunter Shea
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant novella by Tim Lebbon. This is one that will stay with me for a long time. Poetic and terrifying.
The Grim Reader
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great stuff

Tim Lebbon is great. His stories are scary, but have a real heart to them as well. Highly recommended reading.
Leah Bayer
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: spooktober
2.75 stars

Winter-themed horror is something I always want to love, but am constantly disappointed by. Snow, The Shuddering... it's usually just bad. I mean, we also have stuff like At The Mountains of Madness, but modern "snow horror" tends to leave me feeling very un-spooked. I had middling success with Tim Lebbon's The Silence and thought, "hey, that guy's okay, let's read some creepy snow stuff for Spooktober!"

This was an okay book. The bad guys (bad... entities? bad ghosts?) were inventive
Kenneth McKinley
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-kindle, horror
Everything is white. That's the backdrop for Tim Lebbon's appropriately named novella, White. Snow as far as the eye can see and it never lets up. What causes this apocolyptic setting? We don't know. We only know that a small group of survivors are holed up in a remote coastal Victorian mansion surrounded by tons of the white stuff. The characters are an eclectic group that you reall don't get to know before they are picked off one by one by unseen creatures that blend in with the snowy landscap ...more
Kelly B
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A small group of people have been seeking sanctuary in an isolated manor, trying to escape society and it's wars, riots, rampant terminal diseases. People are calling the last days the "ruin", and it seems fitting. What could be worse than society falling to pieces?

Well, it turns out there is something worse. A never-ending snowstorm has trapped the group in the manor, and one of them has been found in the snow, ripped to shreds. What or who killed him? Why was he talking about seeing "angels" i
Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it
I read this one long time ago and had fond recollections of it as I do with most of early Lebbon's horror. It held up to rereading, but what a depressing read. Not that one expects happy or uplifting from post apocalyptic fiction, but this is just overwhelmingly bleak rendered all the more so by Lebbon's excellent writing. This edition consists of a novella and a short story set in the same dying world. White in particular is a claustrophobic nightmare of a read for a snow day. Good strong read, ...more
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A group of people are holed up in an old manse in SW England, caught in a PA world where snow covers everything, white is everywhere. Society was already on the brink then it all started. And now, one by one, these refugees are being picked off and may be seeing something in the snow, but it's white so they can't be quite sure is tearing them to pieces. This story was suspenseful, full of a sense of dread, bloody and brutal and bleak. Another excellent story from Tim Lebbon. ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
There were some aspects of the horror in this that I really enjoyed, but overall, the lack of any explanation and the ending left me really disappointed.
Lisa Houston
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Would be very fitting in a movie. Will be looking out for it on our screens. Brilliant setting for a horror. Trapped in by the snow, waiting.... All very different and interesting characters. Would recommend this to others

Ty to Author Tim Lebbon and Endeavour Press for a copy of this book in return for a review
Scott Goudsward
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As my initial read into Tim Lebbon's work, all I have to say is... Holy Shit! What a great story, I don't think I've ever felt so "chilled" reading a story/book in this type of wintery apocalypse. I can't wait until my next venture into his fiction. Cannot rec this story, enough. ...more
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
White is Tim Lebbon's brilliant post apocalyptic novella. This isn't a zombie apocalypse, or one of destruction after a nuclear war. Instead, Lebbon brings us undefined monsters in an eerie landscape of unending snow. He introduces us to an assorted cast of characters each with their own neurosis; they are all trapped together in a house where they were originally charged with doing research on what was going wrong with the environment.
Lebbon uses his superb writing skills to slowly draw the rea
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
There is just something about snow that adds to a horrible situation making is seem so much worse. Imagine, snowed in, waiting, knowing there is something out there and it is coming.......what would you do?

This is called a Novella, I call it a short story and I am not a lover of them. I find that there is not enough time to really establish the characters enough for me to really care about them. This book was different, the characters were very unique and I quickly started to hold my breath won
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Short read and spooky enough to keep it entertaining, but not strong enough to NOT put down. In fact, as short as it was, it took me a few days to finish just because I was not fully invested in the story. The characters seemed "unfinished", as if the author had not fully developed them in his own head. I didn't like any of them enough to sit on the edge of my seat and hope that he somehow made it out of this mysterious situation. And the UNanswered questions! This does not always bother me if t ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This was a strange short horror novella but I rather enjoyed this book I liked how it was set out a group of survivors in an mansion isolated from the rest of the fallen world with no help coming their situation becomes dire when bodies start turning up all torn apart and some thing is lurking out in the snow. It was a interesting short horror story
Elaine White
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Book – White
Author – Tim Lebbon
Star rating - ★★☆☆☆
No. of Pages – 62
Cover – Creepy!
POV – 1st person, past tense
Would I read it again – No
Genre – Horror, Novella, Fiction


Maybe I'm insane or maybe what I just read was rubbish, I can't decide. What I do know is that I just read a story about apocalypse, death, victims snowed in, and murder and I wasn't once a) frightened b) scared c) concerned or d) all that bothered about who lived or died.

Let me keep it simple:
"I saw God looking down on us," Rosalie said quietly, "with blood in his eyes."

As a group struggles to survive with the snow billowing against the aged manor, creatures within the shadows are lurking and waiting for a slip up. As they tugged on their hearts, posing as loved ones lost and missing, oncoming first Boris, who was the opening death, as he was the boyfriend of Charley, who also met her end. Next came Brand, and Ellie took her life through a suicide, after killing Hayden who was caug
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Living in South Florida is wonderful for much of the year. However, now, towards the end of October, I would like to experience some brisk weather - unfortunately, we have rain and humidity. So, with that being said, I was looking for something that would immerse me in wintery coldness. Biting winds, snowy drifts, freezing temps, chilling plotline - 'White' by Tim Lebbon fit that bill to a T.
This is a very short, quick moving novella. What I very much enjoyed was the way Lebbon set up the story
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it
In my opinion, this would have been much better if it had been made into a full length novel. There just wasn't space to explore the 'why' of it all. I was left questioning how things came to happen and what would happen next.

I enjoyed the writing in the book, the descriptiveness of the landscape and the interesting creatures, but still felt it was lacking a solid connection with the reader. I wanted the chance to care about the characters and how they got themselves into the situation they did
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, kindle
White is a classic locked room (well snowed in manor house) horror story.

Following the 'Ruin' humanity is plagued by an unknown disease. When Boris is killed after seeing angles in the snow, the group know that something is amiss. Can they reach the nearby town, a 10 mile hike away? Can they survive in the manor house on dwindling resources? What is stalking them; taking them one by one? Is there any escape from the White?!

I enjoyed this short story. I felt it was unnecessarily crude in a few p
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Fantastically bleak

This is the first book I've read from Tim Lebbon and I was highly impressed. The writing here is fantastic. This guy is on the same level as Stephen King maybe a rung higher as far as literary talent goes. Plenty of character, gruesome death scenes, and creepy mysterious creatures factor into a terrific and bleak read that any horror fan would love. It's a short book that reads like a full length novel but leaves out all the boring parts. I'll be looking for more from Lebbon i
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, paranormal
Nice novella

I enjoyed this book, although short its gripping atmosphere pulls you in and holds you there until the end. Set in and old manor house a group of survivors are being stalked and killed by "the whites". The way the story worked was a new concept for me and I enjoyed the vagueness of the whites. Good short story.
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Story

Action from the very beginning.
First a disease...then snow that seems to never end...then the real horror hits.
Also an excerpt from Tim's book Nature of Balance which also good.
Pick this up!!!
It's really quite impressive, what Tim Lebbon can achieve in terms of world building, when writing his novellas. This one did feel slightly more rushed than usual, but I suspect that's just because there was real potential to expand this out into a novel. Regardless, it was a good, short, read. ...more
Peter Germany
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I loved this story. By the time it was coming into the final straight I was very hooked. The scene where Lebbon gives us a reveal was pretty darn awesome. It was a beautiful piece of story telling that grabbed me hard.

Definitely a memorable story.
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