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My dark fantasy story “She Who Runs” now available on Kindle

/ June 17th, 2012 / No Comments »

“Mike Allen’s ‘She Who Runs’ gives flesh to spells moving faster than time.” — Publishers Weekly No girl had ever lived so long wearing the curse of She Who Runs. Lassamtu was not her name, but the name forced on her by the high priest

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Things coming soon to an e-reader near you

/ June 13th, 2012 / No Comments »

Art by Avery Liell-Kok Art by Luis Beltrán

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“Twa Sisters” makes latest Locus Recommended Reading List

/ June 5th, 2012 / 1 Comment »

Rich Horton reviewed two of my short stories in the June 2012 issue of Locus, and put one of them, “Twa Sisters,” on the magazine’s monthly Recommended Reading List. That’s the first time that’s happened to me, so needless to say I’m thrilled. Here’s what

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In which I cameo in a friend’s short story collection

/ May 29th, 2012 / No Comments »

This handsome new hardcover short story collection from British puckster (prank-star?) Ian Watson…. …contains the wacky novelette that he and I co-wrote, “Dee-Dee and the Dumpy Dancers,” accurately described by The Guardian as a “bizarre vision … featuring aerial ballet and alien turkeys.”

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My poem “Surcease” reviewed at Versification

/ May 11th, 2012 / No Comments »

Versification has published a poem-by-poem review of Inscrawl #3 by Amal El-Mohtar. About my contribution, “Surcease,” she writes: Mike Allen’s “Surcease” puts his characteristic horror-spin on things, and very vividly and evocatively describes a plague-ridden man in the last moments of his life. The rhythm

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Guest posts about poetry at Locus Online

/ May 9th, 2012 / No Comments »

Karen Burnham, who runs the Locus Roundtable at Locus Online, has rounded up a series of speculative poetry-related posts, podcasts and interviews for the month of May, and I got to be first out of the gate. Here’s my guest blog post: “Let us go

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Reviews of “The Ivy-Smothered Palisade”

/ May 7th, 2012 / No Comments »

My new short story at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, “The Ivy-Smothered Palisade,” has garnered a couple of reviews I’m pleased to share. First a review from Tangent Online by Chuck Rothman. He writes: “The Ivy-Smothered Palisade” takes the form of a letter from Daeliya, a woman

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New short story “The Ivy-Smothered Palisade” appears at Beneath Ceaseless Skies

/ April 19th, 2012 / No Comments »

My dark fantasy short story “The Ivy-Smothered Palisade” just appeared in the newest issue of literary fantasy adventure zine Beneath Ceaseless Skies. It was inspired by a nightmare I had while attending the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, OH in 2010 — though the scene

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Poetry.com returns? Stay away. (With illustration.)

/ April 11th, 2012 / 4 Comments »

I have been through many a cringe-inducing conversation in my life wherein someone identifies themselves to me as a fellow published poet, and then reveals that they were published by the National Library of Poetry, one of the most infamous scams in recent publishing history.

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“Twa Sisters” (new short story) appears in Not One of Us

/ April 9th, 2012 / 5 Comments »

I’m very pleased to be able to announce the publication of my new short story “Twa Sisters.” It’s a highly experimental science fictional lark that came together from several different point of origin. The most important threads in the weave come from two places. First,

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