SNOW WHITE LEARNS WITCHCRAFT wins the 2020 Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature

/ February 15th, 2021 / No Comments »

We at Mythic Delirium Books — that is, Anita and I — want to offer our heartfelt congratulations to Theodora Goss, whose collection of fiction and poetry that we brought out way back in February 2019, Snow White Learns Witchcraft, just won the 2020 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature!

(See the full list of winners here.)

This is the third time Dora has been nominated for the award, and clearly the third time is the charm in this case! (I note, of course for reasons both prideful and crassly mercenary, that her previously nominated works, In the Forest of Forgetting and Songs for Ophelia, are also available from Mythic Delirium Books.)

Here’s just a bit more about what the award is, taken from the Mythopoeic Society website:

The Mythopoeic Society is a national/international organization promoting the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantastic and mythopoeic literature through books and periodicals, annual conferences, discussion groups, awards, and more. We are especially interested in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams, prominent members of the informal Oxford literary circle known as the “Inklings” (1930s-1950s).

The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature is given to the fantasy novel, multi-volume novel, or single-author story collection for adults published during the previous year that best exemplifies “the spirit of the Inklings”.

We define this [Mythopoeic Literature] as literature that creates a new and transformative mythology, or incorporates and transforms existing mythological material. Transformation is the key — mere static reference to mythological elements, invented or pre-existing, is not enough. The mythological elements must be of sufficient importance in the work to influence the spiritual, moral, and/or creative lives of the characters, and must reflect and support the author’s underlying themes.

You can watch a video of the virtual ceremony here, with a statement from Dora Goss about magic, myths and fantasy literature:

An additional shout out to Mythic Delirium contributor Yoon Ha Lee, who won the 2020 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature with his novel Dragon Pearl!

Cross-posted from Mythic Delirium Books

2020 Locus Recommended Reading List recognizes Mythic Delirium Books

/ February 1st, 2021 / No Comments »

Congratulations to our authors selected for the 2020 Locus Magazine Recommended Reading List!

 
Aftermath
of an Industrial
Accident:
Stories

by Mike Allen

 
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A Sinister Quartet
by Mike Allen, C. S. E. Cooney, Amanda J. McGee and Jessica P. Wick

 
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Mythic Delirium launched two books in 2020, and from our perspective their appearance was mostly buried by the tumult of the pandemic and the political landscape. Our books were hardly alone in facing that predicament, and a lot of cool things still came to pass regarding our experimental anthology, A Sinister Quartet, and my own story collection Aftermath of an Industrial Accident.

Nonetheless, to me as publisher (and also as author) gaining attention for these book felt like an uphill struggle at all times.

And so it came as as not just an honor but a surprise and relief to learn that Mythic Delirum Books managed to achieve a sweep of sorts, when we got word that both A Sinister Quartet and Aftermath of an Industrial Accident had been selected for the 2020 Locus Recommended Reading List.

Congratulations to my fellow Sinisters, C. S. E. Cooney, Jessica P. Wick and Amanda J. McGee! And, you know, congratulations to . . . me!

I’ve appeared on the Locus list twice before, but as an editor, for Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness and Clockwork Phoenix 5. (Several stories from the Clockwork Phoenix anthologies have made appearances, though, which has been wonderful in its own way.)

The appearance of Aftermath on the list marks the first time the panel of advisors has picked me for something I have written, and that feels like a major accomplishment. And I suppose I am double-dipping with A Sinister Quartet, as I am an editor of that book and I also wrote one of the four stories.

Especially wonderful, Claire Cooney’s contribution to Sinister,The Twice-Drowned Saint: Being a Tale of Fabulous Gelethel, the Invisible Wonders Who Rule There, and the Apostates Who Try to Escape its Walls,” made the list on its own in the “First Novel” category.

This probably going to confuse some folks, because people who see A Sinister Quartet is comprised of four long stories naturally assume all four are novellas. (In the case of Jess’s “An Unkindness,” Amanda’s “Viridian” and my own “The Comforter,” that is correct.) And it’s a testimony to how well “The Twice-Drowned Saint” is written that even people who have read it think it’s a novella.

But no, as I have had to explain more than once, “Twice-Drowned Saint” is longer than 60,000 words, a novel by pretty much every definition! I’m definitely grateful that the folks at Locus found a way to keep calling attention to this amazing piece after learning it didn’t fit where they originally planned to put it.

Back to that notion of a sweep. Well, 2020 will be the first year that Mythic Delirium put out two books and both books made the Locus list. I call that evidence of at least one small thing going right in 2020.

The inclusion of all these items on the list, by the way, means folks will be able to vote on them in the Locus Awards poll, yay!

I intend to do something special to celebrate this milestone and yes, it will involve a sale. But that’s not quite ready yet, and I wanted to make sure I got the word out! Not to mention I wanted to give anyone clicking through the links posted by Locus some guidance on what these books are and how to get them!

And did I mention it’s also my birthday today? What a terrific present.

Cross-posted from Mythic Delirium Books

2020 Awards Eligibility Post

/ December 28th, 2020 / No Comments »

I’m a couple months late posting this, which has definitely been a 2020-connected theme. Nonetheless, at the last minute is still better than never!

My personal and publisher lists mostly overlap this year, so I am going to combine them.

This was a risky year to release a book, especially one with horror-centric themes, and so of course the Mythic Delirium Books imprint produced two, hee hee.

The first book we published in 2020 was an anthology of original longform stories and a team effort called A Sinister Quartet. Producing and taking part in it has been a delight.

Published in June, A Sinister Quartet contains the following, all first published in 2020:

  • “The Twice-Drowned Saint: Being a Tale of Fabulous Gelethel, the Invisible Wonders Who Rule the City, and the Apostates Who Try to Escape its Walls,” a short novel from C. S. E. Cooney (which has ties to her novella “Life on the Sun” in her World Fantasy Award-winning collection Bone Swans). There’s an excerpt available at the New Decameron Project.
  • “An Unkindness,” the debut novella from Jessica P. Wick
  • “Viridian,” the debut novella from Amanda J. McGee
  • “The Comforter,” an novella by Mike Allen (a.k.a. me!), that ties into the creatures and events encountered in other stories of mine. (Specifically, “The Button Bin,” “The Quiltmaker” and “The Feather Stitch,” more on that last one in a bit.)

The second book we published in 2020 was my own collection of short stories, Aftermath of an Industrial Accident. It’s my second collection of horror stories and my third fiction collection overall, and it’s been in the works pretty much since my debut Unseaming appeared in 2014.

Published in July, Aftermath of an Industrial Accident contains one novelette, sixteen short stories, and six poems. Four of the short stories are original to the collection:

As for my other writings outside those projects, I had two original pieces appear:

If you’d like all that broken down into a convenient category list, that looks like this:
 

Anthology:
A Sinister Quartet by Mike Allen, C. S. E. Cooney,
Amanda J. McGee and Jessica P. Wick

Collection:
Aftermath of an Industrial Accident: Stories by Mike Allen

Novel:
The Twice-Drowned Saint” by C. S. E. Cooney

Novella:
The Comforter” by Mike Allen
Viridian” by Amanda J. McGee
An Unkindness” by Jessica P. Wick

Short story:
Blue Evolution” by Mike Allen
A Deaf Policeman Heard the Noise” by Mike Allen
The Feather Stitch” by Mike Allen
Puppet Show” by Mike Allen
The Sun Saw” by Mike Allen

Poem:
Urban Renewal” by Mike Allen

 

If you are a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America or the Horror Writer’s Association, most of these books and stories have been made available through the authorized private forums in channels, so feel free to look for them there. If you’re interested in considering any of this material for review or awards consideration purposes and don’t have ready access to it otherwise, feel free to contact me at mythicdelirium[at]gmail[dot]com.

Cross-posted from Mythic Delirium Books

Apex Holiday Horror Contest and Apex Sponsorship

/ November 1st, 2020 / No Comments »

Halloween may have ended, but the occasion for horror certainly has not — and I’m not just talking about the state of the world. There’s plenty of room for the fun kind of horror in other seasons, as the contest that I have the honor of judging amply demonstrates.

In the run-up to returning to a full-time publishing schedule after a hiatus of more than a year and a half, the three-time Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine is holding a Holiday Horrors Flash Fiction Contest! Editor-im-chief Jason Sizemore and managing editor Lesley Conner will be sorting through the entries on first read . . . And I will get to pick the winners! I remain super-flattered Jason thought of me for this.

The deadline to enter is midnight EST Nov. 15, so there is still time to try your hand at holiday scares. Christmas, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Winter Solstice, and Chinese New Year themes are all fair game.

The submission portal for the Apex Magazine contest is here, and the rules for the contest are here, complete with a shot of me smirking at the camera.

If it just so happens that clicking on an ad at Apex Magazine brought you here, then know that the publishers of Mythic Delirium Books (a.k.a. Anita and I) are the sponsors of Apex this month (and next month!) and we are proud to do it! And also know this:

For November, we are promoting the two new dark fantasy and horror titles we release in 2020! Links for more information about Aftermath of an Industrial Accident and A Sinister Quartet and where to buy them all are below.

Aftermath of an Industrial Accident

Bookshop
Barnes & Noble
Google Play
Kobo
Apple
Amazon
† † †
Direct from Mythic
Delirium Books

A Sinister
Quartet

Bookshop
Barnes & Noble
Google Play
Kobo
Apple
Amazon
† † †
Direct from Mythic
Delirium Books

Cross-posted from Mythic Delirium Books

Halloween Horror Sale + chance for a free e-book!

/ October 1st, 2020 / 1 Comment »

99¢ HORROR SPECIAL

Throughout all of October 2020, Mythic Delirium Books is running a Halloween Horror Special, in which all e-book editions of our principle horror titles — our Shirley Jackson Award- and This Is Horror Award-nominated bestseller Unseaming, our newest anthology A Sinister Quartet, and our newest collection Aftermath of an Industrial Accident — have been discounted to 99¢. You can find direct links to these editions under the book covers below.

Unseaming
 
 
Amazon
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Amazon AU
Nook
Kobo
Apple
Google Play

A Sinister
Quartet
 
Amazon
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Amazon AU
Nook
Kobo
Apple
Google Play

Aftermath of an
Industrial Accident
 
Amazon
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Amazon AU
Nook
Kobo
Apple
Google Play


I’m going to drop publisher-voice for a moment and just add that these three books contain some of the best writing I’ve ever committed to paper (or pixels) and the anthology has the added bonus of terrific long form fiction from C. S. E. Cooney (“Sublime,” Locus), Jessica P. Wick (“Really fine work,” Locus) and Amanda J. McGee (“Fascinating and bold,” Locus), so for about $3 you’re getting way more than your money’s worth. And finally . . .

How to get a free e-book!


 
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR ANOTHER FREE E-BOOK: Contact us (well, me) at mythicdelirium[at]gmail[dot]com and let me know that you have purchased and now own all three books in the sale (and this also applies if you bought any or all of the trio prior to the sale, in print or as an e-book) and I will let you pick another Mythic Delirium e-book of your choice in the format of your choice (PDF, EPUB or MOBI). Proof of purchase or ownership (such as screencaps or photos) much appreciated but not strictly required. I look forward to hearing from y’all!

Cross-posted from Mythic Delirium Books

Stories from SNOW WHITE LEARNS WITCHCRAFT to appear in Best of the Year anthologies

/ September 30th, 2020 / No Comments »

I am celebrating an important day for one of Mythic Delirium Books’ authors by sharing that both of the original stories that Theodora Goss wrote for her collection of fiction and poetry Snow White Learns Witchcraft are getting reprinted in year’s best collections.

Both stories are riffs on beloved Hans Christian Andersen yarns.

Paula Guran’s latest The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, scheduled for an Oct. 20 release, (and numbered “One” instead of 2020, I presume because the publisher has changed from Prime to Pyr), contains Dora’s “Conversations with the Sea Witch,” which imagines a friendship between two key characters from the fable of the Little Mermaid, both older and considerably wiser. You can also read the story free at Tor.com.

And also, Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Fantasy and Science Fiction 2020, scheduled for a December release, will feature Dora’s novelette “A Country Called Winter,” which adds some modern twists and turns to the tale of the Snow Queen. “A Country Called Winter” was also a finalist for the 2020 Locus Awards. You can read it free at Lightspeed.

Congratulations and happy birthday to Dora Goss!

Cross-posted from Mythic Delirium Books

A SINISTER QUARTET & AFTERMATH OF AN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT readings + Outer Dark this weekend

/ August 13th, 2020 / No Comments »

Last month (man, has time gotten away from me) I had the privilege to take part in two group readings promoting my most recent offerings as a writer and as a publisher, and those readings have since been archived online where I can share them. Not to mention, I’ll be giving yet another one this Friday at 10 p.m. EST as part of the 2020 Virtual Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird, and in the hour leading up to that I’ll be taking part in a panel hosted by Lesley Wheeler on the topic of “Weird Metamorphosis or Life Change,” a concept I definitely play with a lot in my writing.

Clicking the graphic will take you to a page where you can get more info on the whole Virtual Outer Dark Event.

Now for the videos! The first I get to share with you is the livestreamed Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading from July 15, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matt Kressel, in which I read excerpts from my new collection Aftermath on an Industrial Accident and from my novella “The Comforter” in the new Mythic Delirium Books anthology A Sinister Quartet. Benjamin Rosenbaum read the delightful opening from his forthcoming debut novel The Unraveling.

The reading is also available as an audio podcast.

The second video comes from July 18, when C. S. E. Cooney, Jessica P. Wick, Amanda J. McGee and I (a.k.a. the contributors to A Sinister Quartet) were reunited via a Zoom for a group reading hosted by Doloris Vest of Book No Further, the downtown indie bookstore in Roanoke, Virginia, where Amanda and I both live. It was just as much fun the second time through. I chose to self-censor one of the chapters of “The Comforter” that I read from, for reasons that should be plainly evident should you pick up the book yourself. (And obviously, you should!)

I get a kick out of Claire Cooney showing off Brett Massé’s artwork in the still image.

Cross-posted from Mythic Delirium Books

Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading from AFTERMATH OF AN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT: Wednesday, July 15, 7 p.m.

/ July 9th, 2020 / No Comments »

The original plan for this coming Wednesday was for Anita and I to travel to New York, stay alternately with Dan Stace and Nicole Kornher-Stace and then with C. S. E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez, and then I would arrive in Manhattan with copies of books to sell and read from my second horror collection, Aftermath of an Industrial Accident, at the KGB Bar, alongside Benjamin Rosenbaum, who would read from his first novel, The Unraveling.

The reading, at least, is still happening! Hosts Ellen Datlow and Matt Kressel have continued the prestigious series during the pandemic-related shutdown by moving it to virtual space. The reading will take place Wednesday, July 15, 7 p.m. and livestream on YouTube. I’m likely also going to read from “The Comforter,” my novella in A Sinister Quartet.

Don’t miss out! Click here on or the graphic below and bookmark the link!


 
As for buying my new books, you can do that using the links below:
 

Order Aftermath of an Industrial Accident here

 

Paperback: Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon DE
Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Bookshop

Ebook: Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA
Amazon DE | Amazon AU | Nook | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

 

Order A Sinister Quartet here

 

Paperback: Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon DE
Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Bookshop

Ebook: Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA
Amazon DE | Amazon AU | Kobo | iBooks | Nook | Google Play
 


 

Cross-posted from Mythic Delirium Books

A SINISTER QUARTET reading by Cooney, Wick, McGee and me at Book No Further in Roanoke

/ July 8th, 2020 / No Comments »

Alas, C. S. E. Coooney, Jessica P. Wick, Amanda J. McGee and I won’t literally be together in Roanoke, Virginia, for this upcoming reading from A Sinister Quartet.

However, we will reunite Saturday, July 18 at 3:30 pm. on Zoom for this new event hosted by independent bookseller Book No Further and the shop’s wonderful proprietor Doloris Vest.

The good news is, you don’t have to travel all the way to far Southwest Virginia to see us — you can just sign up for free!

To further whet your appetite, let me share this excellent review A Sinister Quartet from Zig Zag Claybourne:

There’s a theme in this book, likely unintended, grown organically out of the times, of not giving up, regardless of fatigue, pain, unfairness or a sense that you are small and meaner forces are grotesquely big. I think, if anything, this collection speaks to the fact that there’s no amount of horror, predation, murder hornets, trickery, or even self-delusion that ought to make folks digging upward for light raise a flag of surrender. Hope’s a sinister thing to folks peddling strife.

Lord knows, I needed that message. You might too.

Click here or the graphic below to sign up.

Cross-posted from Mythic Delirium Books

AFTERMATH OF AN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT and a bittersweet book birthday

/ July 7th, 2020 / No Comments »

My newest horror collection, Aftermath of an Industrial Accident, came out today, at long last. It’s a book that took years to come together, and it had a bit of a rough birth, though I console myself that it wasn’t anywhere near as difficult a process as it was for my first horror collection, Unseaming.

Nonetheless, it’s here, it exists, and it is probably the most rounded representation of who I am as a writer of any book that I’ve produced.

Without further ado, here’s where you order it:

Paperback: Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA
Amazon DE | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Bookshop

Ebook: Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon DE
Amazon AU | Nook | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

A wild twist is, for all the pre-production troubles Unseaming had, the timing of its release hit some kind of bull’s-eye. It remains the best-selling book of all the books I’ve produced (in fact it sold about 1,000 more copies through the 99 cent e-book special that started this weekend). Given the pandemic, the protests, the political turbulence, I suspect the opposite is true for Aftermath — a problem that also afflicts its sister-book, A Sinister Quartet. As a recent NPR review put it, “Horror isn’t many readers’ first choice during times like these.” But I don’t see waiting for a mystical “good time” for horror (Ha! Ha!) as a sensible option. Full steam ahead!

No, that’s not what makes this day bittersweet. The reason for that is because right now, in a different world, maybe one where our government took the advance of COVID-19 seriously soon enough (maybe!), Anita and I should be packing books and clothes and groceries to head to Boston for Readercon, stopped for a day along the way to pick up Nicole Kornher-Stace and maybe meet up with Laird Barron or Paula Arwen Owen if schedules allowed.

Then off to Readercon proper, where Nicole, Patty Templeton, Zig Zag Claybourne and I were going to do a group reading (a feat I still would like to pull off virtually, but I haven’t had the brainspace available to figure out how to arrange and promote it). C. S. E. Cooney and I would likely have done a reading for A Sinister Quartet (Jessica P. Wick and Amanda McGee, alas, likely weren’t going to make it). And Anita and I would have run a dealer’s table and thrown a big room party for these new books and hopefully showcased many of our older books too. After that, coordinating somehow with Nicole, Cooney and Carlos Hernandez, we were going to back to New York and join Matt Kressel and Ellen Datlow at the Wednesday Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading, which would double as the launch reading for Aftermath.

The KGB reading is still happening; more details on that tomorrow. And Claire, Amanda, Jess and I are are actually going to get to do a reading together, virtually, with Roanoke indie bookseller Book No Further: it’s free to sign up, please do, more details coming on that too.

But instead of spending thousands of dollars on travel, we’re going to be spending thousands of dollars on surgery. Anita has discussed this on her Facebook page; we’re actually in self-isolation right now before she gets surgery to remove a basal cell sarcoma from her face, and plastic reconstruction surgery afterward. It is sort of horribly fortuitous that all the time we originally blocked out for this book tour will be used for isolation and recovery instead. It’s not a life-threatening process but there is still a lot to worry about. I’ll be grateful for any good thoughts you can send Anita’s way.

These sort of things tend to make me feel like the making of art is a frivolous thing — and yet, it’s what we do, so we do it.

Danielle Tunstall’s cover art for Aftermath really does match my mood right now, in a way I didn’t plan. I still love it though!

Cross-posted to Mythic Delirium Books

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