RUSTBLIND AND SILVERBRIGHT:
A Slipstream Anthology of Railway Stories
Edited by David Rix (Eibonvale Press 2013)
My Real-time Review continued from HERE.
The Last Train – Joel Lane
“He’d said Malcolm was remembering a dream, which was his way of saying lying.”
A dark Lane-like rite-of-passage where Malcolm needs to exorcise his adult madness by revisiting the train tunnel of youth – and he remembers, as it were, from the previous story, about kids’ naive exhibitionism and from the Ashley story about youthful railtrack sexual awakenings – later of the Nina Allan diorama buffet car here represented by a teeming crystal globe and those remembered ‘lying-dreams’ trip up on a “loose sleeper” before Daniella Geary’s coffin train looms like King’s Blaine in its worst mood (with another version of Nina Allan’s passengers sitting chillingly inside)… The ultimate slipstream of stories on track.
As a singular, independently written story, ‘The Last Train’ works very well, in isolation. Nightmarish to the broken fingertips.
My previous reviews of Joel Lane work: Black Static #28 – Beneath The Ground – edited by Joel Lane – The Terrible Changes by Joel Lane – The AUTUMN MYTH by Joel Lane – Instinct: ‘poems of desire’ by Joel Lane – Never Again – Do Not Pass Go by Joel Lane – Black Static #34 – The Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies and more
This real-time review will now continue in the comment stream below as and when I read each story.