Joel Lane, 1963-2013

Tor is sad to learn that author Joel Lane has died. Mr. Lane was a British author, poet, critic, and anthology editor who won the 1993 Eric Gregory Award for poetry and two British Fantasy Awards, the first in 1994 for best Anthology/Collection, The Earth Wire and Other Stories, and again in 2008 for Best Short Story with “My Stone Desire.” He was also a 2008 Shirley Jackson Award finalist in the Novella category for The Witnesses are Gone.

Mr. Lane primarily worked in the urban fantasy subgenre, although he also wrote more mainstream novels, including From Blue to Black and The Blue Mask. He also edited two fantasy anthologies Beneath the Ground, and, with Steve Bishop, Birmingham Noir: Urban Tales of Crime and Suspense.

You can find more information about Mr. Lane at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. He is a great loss to our community, and will be missed.

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