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Joel Lane

UK (1963 - 2013)

Joel Lane was a British author, poet, critic and anthology editor. Born in Exeter, he lived in south Birmingham (the latter city frequently provides settings for his fiction).

Lane's poetry earned him the Eric Gregory Award in 1993; four collections have been published, the most recent in 2006. He edited the fantasy anthology Beneath the Ground (2002) and, with Steve Bishop, Birmingham Noir: Urban Tales of Crime and Suspense (2002).

Although the majority of Lane's short stories can be categorised as urban fantasy / supernatural, his novels are more overtly mainstream: From Blue to Black (2000) is a portrait of a disturbed rock musician, whilst The Blue Mask (2003) follows the aftermath of a brutal and disfiguring attack.
Anthologies edited
Birmingham Noir: Urban Tales of Crime and SuspenseBeneath the Ground
Anthologies containing stories by Joel Lane
Best New Horror 3The Year's Best Horror Stories XXBest New Horror 4Little Deaths
100 Vicious Little Vampire StoriesThe Best New Horror 6Twists of the TaleThe Mammoth Book of Dracula: Vampire Tales for the New Millennium
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume EightScaremongersScaremongers 2: Redbrick EdenDark Terrors 4
100 Twisted Little Tales of TormentDark Terrors 5
Short stories
The Pain Barrier
The Dispossessed (1989)
Common Land (1991)
Power Cut (1991)
And Some Are Missing (1992)
Wave Scars (1993)
Like Shattered Stone (1994)
Take Me When You Go (1994)
Just Enough (1995)
The Moon Never Changes (1996)
Scratch (1996)
The Plans They Made (1997)
Your European Son (1997)
The Country of Glass (1998)
Stiff as Toys (1998)
Another Frame (1999)British Fantasy Society (nominee)
The Bootleg Heart (2000)

British Fantasy Society Best Short story nominee (1999) : Another Frame

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