Tim Lebbon is a horror and dark fantasy writer, and a judge at the 2005 World Fantasy Convention.
Tim Lebbon was born in London. His short story "Reconstructing Amy" won the Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction in 2001 and his novel Dusk won the 2007 August Derleth Award from the British Fantasy Society for best novel of the year. His novelization of the movie 30 Days of Night became a New York Times bestseller and won a Scribe Award in 2008. Tim lived in Devon until he was eight and then in Newport until the age of 26. He now lives in Goytre, Monmouthshire with his wife and two children.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH TIM LEBBON
- Could you tell us something about yourself in your own words?
I'm mid-forties, and have loved writing ever since I could hold a pen. Or a pencil. I've had around thirty-five books published over the last fifteen years, including novels, novellas and collections. I read a lot and write a lot. I also swim, bike and run a lot, sometimes one after the other, and last year I competed in my first Ironman race. I like real ale. Guilty secret: I've never read any Charles Dickens.
- You've written many horror and dark fantasy novels and stories. What inspires you to write this kind of speculative fiction?
I'm asked that question a lot, and my answer is always: It's the way my parents put my hat on. That was one of my grandmother's sayings, and it simply means that it's just the way I am. I try not to analyse why I write what I write, it's just the kind of stories I like to tell. Though saying that, I've just written a thriller, the first thing I've ever written that doesn't contain any fantastical element. Although it is quite, quite dark.
- Have you always been interested in horror and dark fantasy?
Yes, from an early age I loved horror movies and books. It's always fun to think, What if?, and to see what that thought inspires in others.
- Have any authors, novels or stories been a source of inspiration to you?
Beyond counting. Any writer takes inspiration from what they read and watch, and over their career works on forming their own voice. I think it was probably Stephen King who made me want to become a writer.
- Are there any authors or novels you'd like to recommend to your readers?
See above. It seems pointless recommending famous writers, but I'll throw some names out there of writers who I think deserve more exposure than they get -- Paul Meloy, Weston Ochse, Stephen Volk, Alison Littlewood (she's doing great but should be major), Gary McMahon ...etc
- Titan Books will soon release your sci-fi horror novel Coldbrook in the US. What kind of a novel is it? What can readers expect from it?
It's a big scale apocalyptic zombie alternate world thriller road-movie style romance with science fictional elements. Not that complex, really. I wanted to destroy the world again (I've done it quite a few times and it's growing on me), but I wanted to do it a little differently. Zombies, check. But there are also alternate Earths and lots of other stuff going on. It's a big book but very fast-moving, and one of my favourites. It's been out in the UK for a while, and I'm delighted it's now seeing a release in the USA thanks to the splendid Titan.
- The synopsis of Coldbrook sounds interesting, because the scientists have achieved the impossible - a gateway to a new world and a disease is ravaging the human population. How did you come up with this kind of a sci-fi horror story?
I've always been fascinated with the multiverse theory, and how it's gaining support amongst the world's scientists. Only natural that I'd incorporate it into a novel one day!
- Is Coldbrook a standalone novel or will there be sequels?
So far it's standalone. Although it is open for sequels. I'll never say never.
- You've written lots of stories and many of them have been published in short story collections (As the Sun Goes Down, Nothing as It Seems etc). Will new short story collections be published in the near future?
Yes, I always like to see a collection out every three or four years. I'm writing more short stories than I have in years, so hopefully another collection might appear in a couple of years.
- What are you currently working on?
I'm writing the first few chapters of a new novel called Harvesters of Sorrow, a spooky animated kids' movie called My Haunted House, researching a pseudonymous historical fantasy series, writing short stories for several markets, and throwing around ideas for a potential TV series with a couple of friends. I love collaborating.
- Is there anything you'd like to add?
Thanks for having me! Readers might also be interested in a series of ebooks I'm putting out there under Dreaming in Fire Press, details at my website: www.timlebbon.net