The Black Fire Concerto storms the Black Gate on Halloween

/ Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 / 2 Comments »

black_fire_concerto_front_coverOver the Thanksgiving holiday I was delighted and pleasantly surprised to learn that the excerpt from my novel The Black Fire Concerto was October’s most read story at Black Gate Magazine.
Black Gate overlord John O’Neill told me the excerpt not only won the month among its peers, but achieved the highest ranking ever for a fiction post on the site (as far as he can recall.) Here in Small Press Land we celebrate the small victories, so I’m celebrating this one.
I’ve rather rashly begun work on a sequel — in no small part because those few and proud who’ve read the book and reported back to me all say they want one — working title The Ghoulmaker’s Aria. As of the end of November I’m over 15,000 words in and the path to the end is slowly coming into focus. We shall see what December holds.
I’ve also been working on putting together Mythic Delirium 0.3, though that’s a matter best reserved for the new Mythic Delirium site, where you can now read all the featured poems and stories from Mythic Delirium 0.2. Small Press Land is a busy place.


  1. Truly says:

    Woohoo! As soon as I finished The Black Fire Concerto, I was hungry for a sequel. Can’t wait to see Erzelle and Olyssa again!

    • Mike Allen says:

      The sequel, The Ghoulmaker’s Aria, is written, but it still needs quite a bit of spit-polish. Stay tuned.

      And thanks for writing! 😀

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