“And The House Lights Dim” by Tim Major

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And The House Lights Dim by Tim Major is the fifth book in The Harvester Series. All the books in this series will include excellent stories from the past and some brand new ones, along with special bonus material.
For And The House Lights Dim, Tim has included personal reflections for each of the stories and full soundtrack!
Daniele Serra is the man behind the cover. Visit Daniele’s website for more art.
Important dates for you:
1. And The House Lights Dim will enter pre-order on the 2nd of June 2019 – so make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to receive an extra discount on the already discounted pre-order price.
2. The official release date is Tuesday 9th of July 2019.
3. The launch party will be held at Fantasycon 2019, and we really hope to see you there!
A word from Tim on his collection:

And The House Lights Dim is my first collection of short stories, which were written over a three-year period. They’re pretty diverse, spanning weird fiction, horror and SF – but I confess that when I wrote them they seemed more diverse than they really are. It was only recently that I realised just how prevalent particular themes have been in my writing: houses, homes and family.

Perhaps it’s no surprise. The earliest of the stories was written when my wife was pregnant with our first child; one of the novellas was written in a mad hurry in the weeks before his birth; nowadays I write in a fog of fatigue due to my second child’s sleepless nights. I think about family constantly and as a freelance editor I’m trapped in my home for the greater part of every day.

In this collection are stories about a sentient house overprotective of its new occupants, a supernatural Greenland shark that attacks a family via sound, a married couple alone on a lengthy space flight, two young girls who live in isolation and in fear of the world beyond their walls, a camping trip that turns a family feral, a post-apocalyptic Center Parcs, a man who has defragmented his mind and another who splices a rival’s brain patterns onto his own.

Most of the stories have been published in various places, including Interzone, Not One of Us, The Literary Hatchet and anthologies published by Fox Spirit, Jurassic London and Hic Dragones. ‘Carus & Mitch’ was previously published as a standalone novella by Omnium Gatherum and was shortlisted for a This Is Horror Award in 2015. People have been very nice about it: Lynda Rucker said it was a ‘compelling, unconventional page-turner… blending a John Wyndham-esque melancholy with a dose of existential despair’. Adam Roberts called it ‘punchy and scary and tense and genuinely moving’ and James Everington said it was ‘an intimate, original, and character-driven take on the post-apocalyptic genre’, all of which made me feel awfully proud.”