Ahead of the release of Tim Lebbon’s upcoming sci-fi novel Eden, we’re thrilled to be able to reveal the cover for the book as well as an exclusive extract.
Here’s the book’s synopsis:
From the bestselling author of The Silence comes a brand-new supernatural eco thriller. In large areas of the planet, nature is no longer humanity’s friend…
In a time of global warming and spiralling damage to the environment, the Virgin Zones were established to help combat the change. Abandoned by humanity and given back to nature, these vast areas in a dozen remote locations across the planet were intended to become the lungs of the world.
But there are always those drawn to such places. Extreme sports enthusiasts and adventure racing teams target the dangerous, sometimes deadly zones for illicit races. Only the hardiest and most experienced dare undertake these expeditions. When one such team enters the oldest Zone, Eden, they aren’t prepared for what confronts them. Nature has returned to Eden in an elemental, primeval way. And here, nature is no longer humanity’s friend.
About the author
Tim Lebbon is the New York Times bestselling author of Coldbrook, The Silence, the Relics trilogy and the movie novelisations of 30 Days of Night and The Cabin in the Woods. He has also written many successful movie novelisations and tie-ins for Alien and Firefly as well as critically acclaimed horror and dark fantasy novels. Tim has won three British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, a Shocker, a Tombstone and been a finalist for the International Horror Guild and World Fantasy Awards. The Silence is now a Netflix Original Movie, starring Stanley Tucci.
7th April 2020 | 9781789092936 | Paperback & eBook | 384pp | £7.99
Read an exclusive extract from Eden below:
Eden seems like a good place to die. Before arriving she hoped that would be the case, but now she is certain. Even if she wasn’t ready and prepared to embrace the endless sleep, darkness is all that faces her now.
The deep forest sings unknown songs in voices she cannot understand. She has never been one for courting attention. The exact opposite, in fact, and that is her main reason for coming here. She came searching for something, and to lose herself, and to find some sort of peace. Instead, something has found her.
Wiping blood from her left eye, she’s surprised at how quickly it’s drying. It forms a crisp, sticky layer, binding her eyelid almost shut. She doesn’t want to confront death with one eye closed. She winces when several eyelashes are pulled out with the coagulating mass. It smears across her fingertips and palm, and forms dark half-moons beneath her nails. She stares at it, sad for all that has come to pass. It’s not her blood.
She looks up at the tree canopy and the blue sky beyond. The trees sway with the breeze, a calming dance that seems to keep time with the natural jazz of birds and animals, and the call of something else. Higher up, shredded clouds drift by. The counterpoint makes her dizzy, but she does not close her eyes.
Instead she looks down and sees shadows coalescing from the trees and drawing close, their approach celebrated by a rising cacophony of forest song. She breathes out a shuddering sigh. After the years and miles that led her here, she always believed it would be the illness that took her in the end. Coming to Eden, she never meant any harm. She hoped to die on her own terms. She wasn’t expecting something worse.
As the shadows touch her skin, she makes a fist around the delicate stem of the ghost she came to find.
This article was originally posted on SciFiNow