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Fantastique Unfettered 4: in which I have a novelette, 3 poems & an interview

/ December 6th, 2011 / 3 Comments »

I spent a fair chunk of last week (when I wasn’t fine tuning the new Kindle edition of Clockwork Phoenix or stuffing envelopes with the new issue of Mythic Delirium) proofing my portion of the new issue of the gorgeous print zine Fantastique Unfettered, due

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Slipstreaming into the future

/ November 23rd, 2011 / No Comments »

My apocalyptic horror tale “The Blessed Days” is being reprinted in Past Future Present 2011, an anthology to be offered at 99 cents on Kindle. “The Blessed Days” will also be included in my own upcoming ebook The Button Bin and Other Horrors — its

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What’s been going on with me? (A list.)

/ November 14th, 2011 / No Comments »

There’s a lot of stuff going on in my writing career right now, a lot of “let’s do this and see where it goes” sort of things. So here’s some ketchup: I’ve sent out the first batch of agent queries for my new novel, Silver

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Nicole Kornher-Stace’s “To Seek Her Fortune” from Clockwork Phoenix 3 now at StarShipSofa

/ November 3rd, 2011 / No Comments »

I’m delighted to announce this morning that Nicole Kornher-Stace’s weird mystical steampunk tale “To Seek Her Fortune” from Clockwork Phoenix 3 is available now as a podcast at the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa. Go, listen, enjoy!

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unbutton your skin for “The Quiltmaker” (here’s how)

/ November 2nd, 2011 / No Comments »

I’m pleased to announce that Erzebet Yellowboy Carr of Papaveria Press plans next year to create a limited (18-copy) special edition of “The Quiltmaker,” my novella that’s a direct sequel to my Nebula Award-nominated horror story “The Button Bin.” And she’ll be working with my

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Reading three short stories tonight at Studio Roanoke

/ October 29th, 2011 / No Comments »

Tonight I’m going to read three brief short stories as part of a Studio Roanoke event called “The Big Idea.” I adore how they’ve billed me: Featuring Death Newman, Chris Shepard, Illusions by Nelson Oliver, and creepiness from Mike Allen! Sat. Oct. 29th, 8PM, $5.00

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My story “Her Acres of Pastoral Playground” from Cthulhu’s Reign now up at StarShipSofa

/ October 27th, 2011 / No Comments »

As well as some delightfully pulpy artwork. Cthulhu fhtagn! The podcast also contains an interview with me afterward, full of awkward pauses, strange skips, and giggle fits. I reveal, among other things, that the inspiration for “Her Acres of Pastoral Playground” owes more to John

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My novelette “Stolen Souls” to reappear in Fantastique Unfettered

/ September 9th, 2011 / No Comments »

I learned something today that leaves me especially tickled. As a part of the “Mike Allen feature” in issue 4 of Fantastique Unfettered, the zine is reprinting my science fiction novelette “Stolen Souls.” Whatever flaws it may have, this piece holds a lot of sentimental

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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 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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