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The Terrible Changes

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Sewn hardcover, limited to 300 copies, 147 pp (xii,131),with end papers and frontispiece.

In midwinter, an aspiring politician finds himself suddenly deprived of human contact. A group of newcomers to a town are strangely reminiscent of people lost in a recent flood. In a world where grief is forbidden, a young man builds a mound to commemorate his lover. An obsessive reade
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Hardcover, 1st edition, 131 pages
Published June 2009 by Ex Occidente Press
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Douglas Thompson
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The recent demise of Ex Occidente Press, means that my signed copy of this beautiful book may be destined to be something of a rarity. I take little pleasure in that however, because this short story collection deserves a much wider audience than the 300 copy print-run can possibly allow. To call these stories “Horror” would be (to me at least, perhaps revealing a prejudice I apologise for) to miss their point and their wider significance. These are not witty contrivances, not Victorian parlour ...more
Benjamin Uminsky
This one was a mercifully short collection of short "stories". I say "mercifully short" not because the writing was poor or the narrative was unreadable... quite the contrary. I have never read Lane before, but I certainly recognize the strength of his crisp and direct prose and the depths of pathos that he has plumbed and served up to the reader. Well done on that account.

Oddly though, what simply left me unfullfilled about this collection were the stories themselves. I have had about 8 days to
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Alan
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
If I can afford it I'll get this one. It's a limited edition (only 300 copies, beautifully produced) of Joel's uncollected (sorry Not, know you don't like the word) stories. I have seen quite a few of the stories as he's brought them along to the group, but at least half are new to me. Cost around 30 quid. (40 dollars). It's worth every penny.

...finally got hold of a copy. I'd love to recommend it to other GRers, but don't order it! I only got this copy from the author who finally got some compl
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Ben
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is no doubt that Joel Lane is an excellent writer. This is a powerful collection of short stories, which reminded me of Ramsey Campbell’s best work. Lane focuses on the squalor, loneliness and alienation of British urban existence, magnifying its dystopian elements, with pretty bleak and harrowing results. ‘Empty Mouths’ and ‘After the Flood’ are perhaps the best moments. This is exemplary ‘Weird’ fiction, but perhaps best not read in one sitting – it could be a relentlessly demoralising e ...more
Franco
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
perfect collection. a must have!
James
This collection of stories leaves a taste; an echo of a feeling; strands of characterisation that linger.. More so than the imagery the stores create, or the plot (always minimal) that they follow, it is these afterthoughts that mark out this book as something both undefinable and 'a bit special'.
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