Book: The Lost District and Other Stories

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The Lost District and Other Stories

Author: Joel Lane
Publisher: Night Shade Books

Joel Lane follows his award-winning collection The Earth Wire (1994) with a still darker and more subversive assemblage of strange tales. The Lost District links the hidden places in urban and small-town landscapes to the hidden places in human lives. Set in a post-industrial hinterland of the present, the near future, and the imagined, these stories portray human encounters with the unknown: sexual discovery, drug-inspired visions, the lonely paths of madness, and the shadowy realm on the other side of death.

Here you will read of a porn film actor whose scars reveal the forces controlling his life; an underground factory where outsiders pay a terrible price in order to belong; a musician haunted by the madness of a dead singer; a neighborhood fading into corrupt echoes of itself; and a man who literally follows his ex-lover to the end of the world.

These 24 stories (including 6 published here for the first time) range from grim urban horror tales to weird erotic fantasies and bitter allegories of loss and exploitation. The lovers, loners, fetishists, addicts, and wild talents who haunt these pages have one thing in common. They are answering the call of the unknown. This book is your guide to the lost districts of the body, the mind, and the soul.

A collection of fantastic and horrific stories that deal thematically address the core relationships of ones life, be they parental, first loves, best friends, or lovers (of both the hetero and homosexual variety). The decaying industrial backdrop of England’s midlands provides a working class context that is both uniquely English, but universally accessible.

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