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Something Remains

My story "You Give Me Fever" appears in the Joel Lane tribute anthology "Something Remains", now available to buy on Amazon

The first Joel Lane story I ever read was “Losing Touch”, way back in 1995 in "Peeping Tom" #21. I loved the lyrical prose and enigmatic qualities of the tale, and subsequently sought out more by this writer in magazines such as "The Third Alternative", "Roadworks", "Kimota" and "Nasty Piece of Work".

Since then I've gone on to read and appreciate many more of Joel's stories, as well as a poetry collection "The Autumn Myth", a novella "The Witnesses Are Gone" and his two novels "From Blue To Black" and "The Blue Mask". I've been pretty much a fan for years.

Sadly Joel died in 2013 aged only 50. I met him briefly at FantasyCon in 2010, and was able to tell him how much I enjoyed his writing. He was involved in a book launch at the time, but invited me to come and chat after the event. Sadly I never got round to having that chat, but I'm glad I took the chance to tell him how much I admired his work.

When I heard that an anthology of stories based on notes left by Joel was being planned, I was incredibly keen to be involved. I would have loved to have read Joel’s “You Give Me Fever” and have no doubt that it would have blown my attempt out of the water, but I’m extremely grateful to the editors of “Something Remains” - Peter Coleborn and Pauline E Dungate - to have been given this opportunity. It truly was a privilege and an honour.

Joel was a huge talent, and the impressive list of contributors in "Something Remains" just shows how highly he was thought of.

The book is available here from Amazon and all proceeds will be donated to Diabetes UK in memory of Joel.

Here's the full table of contents:

  • Foreword by Peter Coleborn
  • Introduction by Pauline E. Dungate
  • Not Dispossessed:  A Few Words on Joel Lane’s Early Published Works by David A. Sutton (Essay)
  • Joel by Chris Morgan (Verse)
  • Everybody Hates a Tourist by Tim Lebbon
  • The Missing by John Llewellyn Probert
  • Charmed Life by Simon Avery
  • Antithesis by Alison Littlewood
  • Dark Furnaces by Chris Morgan
  • The Inner Ear by Marion Pitman (Verse)
  • Broken Eye by Gary Mcmahon
  • Stained Glass by John Grant
  • Threadbare by Jan Edwards
  • The Dark above the Fair by Terry Grimwood
  • Grey Children by David A. Sutton
  • The Twin by James Brogden
  • Lost by Pauline Morgan (Verse)
  • Through the Floor [1] by Gary Couzens
  • Through the Floor [2] by Stephen Bacon
  • Bad Faith by Thana Niveau
  • Window Shopping by David Mathew
  • Clan Festor by Liam Garriock
  • Sweet Sixteen by Adam Millard
  • Buried Stars by Simon Macculloch
  • And Ashes in Her Hair by Simon Bestwick
  • The Pleasure Garden by Rosanne Rabinowitz
  • Joel Lane, Poet by Chris Morgan (Essay)
  • The Reach of Children by Mike Chinn
  • The Men Cast by Shadows by Mat Joiner
  • The Winter Garden by Pauline E. Dungate
  • Natural History by Allen Ashley
  • The Second Death by Ian Hunter
  • The Bright Exit by Sarah Doyle (Verse)
  • Blanche by Andrew Hook
  • The Body Static by Tom Johnstone
  • You Give Me Fever by Paul Edwards
  • The Other Side by Lynda E. Rucker
  • Of Loss and of Life: Joel Lane’s Essays on the Fantastic by Mark Valentine (Essay)
  • Shadows by Joe X Young
  • I Need Somewhere to Hide by Steven Savile
  • Coming to Life by John Howard
  • The Enemy Within by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Afterword: The Whole of Joel by Ramsey Campbell (Essay)

Sep 3, 2016 Category: General News