Joel Lane (1963-2013)

Joel LaneJoel Lane died suddenly at the age of 50 on November 25, possibly as a result of diabetes.

He was both an accomplished author and a leading editor in the fantasy field.

He won a British Fantasy Award for his short story “My Stone Desire” (2008). His novella The Witnesses Are Gone was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award (2008). He also authored two mainstream novels From Blue To Black and The Blue Mask. And in 1993 he won the Eric Gregory Award for poetry.

His editorial work was also highly regarded. He won a British Fantasy Award, best anthology/collection The Earth Wire and Other Stories (1994) and a World Fantasy Award, collection, for Where Furnaces Burn. Other collections shortlisted for awards included British Fantasy and International Horror Guild Award nominee The Lost District and Other Stories (2006), British Fantasy Award finalist The Terrible Changes (2009), British Fantasy Award finalist for anthology Never Again (2011, with Allyson Bird),

Lane lived in south Birmingham, UK where he worked in health publishing.

[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]