- Pamphlet: 44 pages
- Publisher: Nine Arches Press (16 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956551467
- ISBN-13: 978-0956551467
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.5 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,604,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Joel Lane documents a life we don't quite live, in a city we can't quite find: half glimpsed and half imagined, we know it 's out there somewhere. Waiting, maybe. Mixing fear with desire, reputation with regret. Touching the blood-beat of our secret hunger with the rhythms of a music that never felt alien till now. Wasted lives, with never a wasted word. It's an extraordinary achievement: vivid as neon, real as rain. Devastating. Chaz Brenchley, author of Shelter, Blood Waters, The Garden and other critically acclaimed works of crime fiction. --http://www.ninearchespress.com/donotpassgo.html
About the Author
Joel Lane lives in Birmingham and works as a journalist. He is the author of two novels, From Blue to Black and The Blue Mask; three collections of short stories, The Earth Wire, The Lost District and The Terrible Changes; a novella, The Witnesses are Gone; a chapbook, Black Country; and three collections of poetry, The Edge of the Screen, Trouble in the Heartland and The Autumn Myth. Joel has co-edited (with Steve Bishop) the crime and suspense fiction anthology Birmingham Noir. He has also edited an anthology of subterranean horror stories, Beneath the Ground; and co-edited (with Allyson Bird) an anthology of anti-fascist and anti-racist stories in the weird and speculative fiction genres, Never Again.
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The five stories here are short, on point and uniformly excellent. Joel's mature prose, in his last decade, reflected a greater influence on his work of hard-boiled noir fiction, in particular the work of the underrated David Goodis.
Combining this spare, world-weary atmosphere with various West Midlands locations (where much of his work was set) and classic aspects of weird fiction, gives his writing a distinctive and unique feeling. There are haunting images and sensations that will stay with you.
Joel had much more work left to do at the time of his sudden death; but with three novels (one unpublished) and near to 200 short stories, as well as a mountain of poetry and critical writings, there's a lot to be remembered and cherished.
The highlight here may be the first story, "The Night Last Woman". The ending is chillingly unsettling in the trademark Lane fashion. But it's all great, and this may be a good place for new readers to sample his offerings.