Richard’s absence was all I had of him. Once I stopped missing him, he’d be gone.
Scar City by Joel Lane
He wanted me to help him release the memories. I understand that now.
Scar City by Joel Lane
That happy family of devils, I always hated them.
Experiments at 3 Billion A.M. by Alexander Zelenyj
It was a beautiful place, serene and still, where sunlight burned inside the flowers.
3 Billion A.M. by Alexander Zelenyj
His heart ached: it was the sound of her old despair, a world removed from the good crying.
Songs For The Lost by Alexander Zelenyj
The snow robins play between Heaven and Hell. My hopeful mantra while I wait to die.
Experiments at 3 Billion A.M. by Alexander Zelenyj
We were living inside a house inside a house. Each of the four walls of each of the rooms was wrapped as thought from the inside out in photos representing what had been and what no longer was. Imagine, if you will, living inside a memory.
Human Maps by Andrew Hook

scar city de joel lane

A new collection from one of the most powerful voices in slipstream and horror writing is a significant event. This collection of twenty two stories was one of the last that Joel Lane put together before his death in 2013. Frequently taking the form of dark urban fantasy, with his home city of Birmingham as their nucleus, these are intense and often painful stories that linger in the mind for a long time.

from the publisher

These stories are populated by troubled people living troubled lives in troubled places. A pervasive melancholia overhangs the tales, and seeps its way into their fabric (in tandem with the copious amounts of alcohol imbibed by their complicated characters trying to make sense of and otherwise cope with their circumstances). These tales, then, wear their scars plainly, and it’s this fragile, fractured quality which imbues them with their beauty. They are difficult stories, but then they have to be, considering their subject matter.

As a reader and as a writer, I’ve always been drawn to the dichotomy of living in a world made of equal parts beauty and tragedy, and how this kind of living affects us. This effect is on display everywhere in these pages. It’s a bittersweet vision to be sure, and an important one that we should not look away from, not ever.

from the foreword by Alexander Zelenyj


  • Publisher’s Note and Bibliographic Data
  • Foreword by Alexander Zelenyj: Echoes from the Place We Met
  1. Those Who Remember
  2. In This Blue Shade
  3. A Faraway City
  4. The Willow Pattern
  5. Echoland
  6. This Night Last Woman
  7. Birds of Prey
  8. The Last Gallery
  9. Making Babies
  10. Keep the Night
  11. My Voice Is Dead
  12. A Hairline Cut
  13. The Long Shift
  14. Internal Colonies
  15. Among the Leaves
  16. The Grief of Seagulls
  17. By Night He Could Not See
  18. Feels Like Underground (with Chris Morgan)
  19. Upon a Granite Wind
  20. Winter Song
  21. Rituals
  22. Behind the Curtain
  • Essay by Nina Allan: Socialism or Barbarism: Joel Lane’s Blue Trilogy and the Poetry of the Lost

A iniciar a leitura.

What place could there be for us is a world we detested so: where the old and wise and weak were cast aside by young scoundrels raised up as demagogues before the mindless masses.
Ultrameta by Douglas Thompson
When se returned her gaze to the street and saw the mundanity there – the people no more than insects – she realised she was right. But That the intelligence was ebbing, humankind – the real, bland, unadventurous, frankly lazy humankind – had begun to dominate.
Human Maps (Flytrap) by Andrew Hook (página 159)