British Fantasy Society: Best Novel nominee (2006).
Tom's son died ten years ago... so they say. Killed in a military training accident on Salisbury Plain and sent home in a sealed coffin. But when Tom gets wind that there was more to the accident than was first revealed, his suspicions are aroused once more.
There are no such things as monsters... so they say. Why then, when Tom finds and excavates a mass grave on the Plain, does he find skeletons that are far from human? Headless, distorted... and chained together.
Death is the end... so they say. But "they" so often lie. And when one of these strange chained skeletons – a child – grabs hold of his arm, his world suddenly changes. Because death is not the end. Sometimes, it's just the beginning.
Tim Lebbon (born 1969) 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 novelisation 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.