The Anniversary of Never by Joel Lane
Trade Paperback – Swan River Press – Sep 2021 – 130 pages
“It was like a black and white film, or someone else’s memory” — “Crow’s Nest”
Joel Lane’s award-winning stories have been widely praised, notably by other masters of weird fiction such as M. John Harrison, Graham Joyce, and Ramsey Campbell. His tales also regularly appeared in the “best of” annual anthologies of Ellen Datlow, Karl Edward Wagner, and Stephen Jones. With this posthumous collection, Lane continues his unflinching exploration of the human condition.
“The Anniversary of Never is a group of tales concerned with the theme of the afterlife,” observed Lane, “and the idea that we may enter the afterlife before death, or find parts of it in our world.” These stories of love and death will burrow deep into the reader’s mind and impregnate it with a vision often as bleak as the night is black.
“Introduction” by Nicholas Royle
“All the Shadows”
“Ashes in the Water” with Mat Joiner
“For Their Own Ends”
“After the Fire”
“The Annniversary of Never”
“For Crying Out Loud”
“All Dead Years”
“Some of the Fell”