JOEL LANE (1963 – 2013)
The Witness has gone. Or he has stayed and we have gone.
Links to my real-time reviews of some of his books:
(11 Mar 09): Beneath The Ground – edited by Joel Lane
(6 July 09) The Terrible Changes – by Joel Lane
(27 Sep 10): Never Again edited by Allyson Bird & Joel Lane
(2 Dec 10): The AUTUMN MYTH – by Joel Lane
(28 Jul 11): Do Not Pass Go – by Joel Lane
(2 Sep 12): Instinct – ‘poems of desire’ by Joel Lane
(12 Dec 13): Where Furnaces Burn
(11 August 2015): THE ANNIVERSARY OF NEVER
(30 October 2015): SCAR CITY by Joel Lane
(4 September 2016) SOMETHING REMAINS – Joel Lane and Friends
(8 December 2016) This Spectacular Darkness
And links to my reviews of individual JL stories:
Black Static 13 — Where The Heart Is — Null Immortalis — Black Static 19 — Crimewave 11 — BFS Journal Winter 2010 — The Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies — Black Static 28 — This Hermetic Legislature — Black Static 34 — Rustblind and Silverbright — The Grimscribe’s Puppets — A Season In Carcosa — Horror Uncut: Tales of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease — Best British Short Stories 2012 — Murmurations.
Joel Lane has a story in NEMONYMOUS TWO (2002) (and Joel later wrote a novella explicitly inspired by an anonymous story in that edition of the Nemonymous journal), and also stories in NULL IMMORTALIS (2010) and THE HORROR ANTHOLOGY OF HORROR ANTHOLOGIES (2011).
His connection to Emmanuel Escobada HERE.
My thoughts when I first heard the news of Joel’s sudden death: HERE
My current Joel Lane book collection of his fiction and poetry:
Never Before and Never Again
Will there be somebody like Joel Lane.
Plus some personal letters.
“Then it came out that Fitzworth was really Padgett himself, writing under another name. He sort of faded out after that.” — from ‘The Witnesses Are Gone”
I also have many anthologies each with a single Joel Lane item.
From ‘The Witnesses Are Gone’ novella and the ‘Rain Dog’ poetry anthology, respectively, below:
I am very proud of the few handwritten letters from Joel in my possession from the 1990s and inscriptions in books such as this one:
Joel and I didn’t always see eye to eye on, say, political theory (although I deem myself to be a working-class bred socialist) and on literary theory such as the Intentional Fallacy and on synchronicity… There are many feisty debates HERE over the years including an enormous number of wonderful posts by Joel himself.
A dedicated Joel Lane thread on TLO HERE.
And HERE is where Joel placed his own ‘Nemonymity’ poem in 2004.
My story ‘Entries’ appeared in ‘The Last Balcony’ collection as a result of Joel’s encouragement to do so, eg: here.
I last met Joel in July (2013) at a book launch in Peckham. He seemed on good form.
Some of the Joel Lane tributes (thanks to Rosanne Rabinowitz in her own tribute HERE):
Nine Arches Press
EDIT (23.1.14): There is a substantial and highly fitting obituary to Joel Lane in the latest issue of BLACK STATIC (issue 38 as published by TTA Press): THE CONSCIENCE OF THE CIRCUIT by Nicholas Royle