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Cover play

/ September 2nd, 2011 / 1 Comment »

The upcoming fourth issue of Fantastique Unfettered has cover art based on my poem “Binary,” plus a feature devoted to my poetry. There may be other stuff, too, yet to be determined. Plus Scottish novelist and activist Hal Duncan! They shared it on their website,

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A(nother) surprise review of a(nother) vintage story

/ August 26th, 2011 / No Comments »

Google shows me this blog review of my short story “An Invitation via Email,” which appeared in the July/Aug. 2008 issue of Weird Tales (#350), edited by Ann VanderMeer. I think the review is longer than the story! Again, I include it for grins. …

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A surprise review of a vintage story

/ August 24th, 2011 / No Comments »

Within the past couple days I found this review of an issue of the 2006 issue of H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror (!!!) that contains a short story I co-wrote with Charlie Saplak, “Strange Wisdoms of the Dead.” I share it here merely for the

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Down came the rain and washed the novel out

/ July 26th, 2011 / No Comments »

Progress on the rewrite of my novel (revised and expanded from my short story “The Hiker’s Tale”) continues apace; ordinarily I would post something like this on my LiveJournal but that forum continues not to function, so, I share here. Today I actually reached the

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A new review of “The Button Bin”

/ July 25th, 2011 / No Comments »

Twitter revealed to me David Hebblethwaite’s review of Apex Magazine 23, which contains a passage about my “Button Bin”: The first of the issue’s two reprints, Mike Allen’s “The Button Bin” (reproduced from a 2007 issue of Helix), is disquieting in both its style and content. Searching

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Clockwork Phoenix 3 stories receive honorable mentions in Gardner Dozois’ The Year’s Best Science Fiction

/ July 7th, 2011 / No Comments »

Congratulations to the following writers from Clockwork Phoenix 3: New Tales of Beauty and Strangeness who have received honorable mentions from Gardner Dozois in the newest edition of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. “Braiding the Ghosts,” C.S.E. Cooney “Hell Friend,” Gemma Files “Lucyna’s Gaze,” Gregory

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Anthology to benefit Red Cross tornado relief out on Smashwords & Kindle

/ May 17th, 2011 / No Comments »

T.J. McIntyre’s Southern Fried Weirdness: Reconstruction — all proceeds from which go to the Red Cross to help with tornado relief in the South — is out now on Smashwords and Amazon Kindle, with stories and poems from a cutting edge and up-and-coming roster including

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A new review and a review PDF offer

/ May 11th, 2011 / No Comments »

Sam Tomaino at SF Revu tackles the stories in Apex Magazine 23 and makes mention of my “Button Bin“: “The Button Bin” by Mike Allen (originally appeared in Helix: Speculative Fiction Quarterly, 2007) is quite the horror story. Our narrator is after a man named

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Attack of the Killer Sequel

/ May 4th, 2011 / No Comments »

Actually, it’s too bad there isn’t a quick, snappy word akin to “killer” that conveys the concept of a fate worse that death. I’ve just finished a new draft of “The Quiltmaker,” the sequel to “The Button Bin.” It was originally a lumbering 18,000 words.

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A reprint sale that’s also a donation

/ May 1st, 2011 / No Comments »

When I saw that T.J. McIntyre decided to resurrect his zine Southern Fried Weirdness as a Kindle anthology with all proceeds to go to tornado relief, I realized I might have something that would fit in with that project right well. And as it turns

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