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The Spider Tapestries:

Seven Strange Stories

(Mythic Delirium Books, 2016)
Introduction by Nicole Kornher-Stace

“Elegant language and surrealistic themes defy genre and moral expectations in the weird and transgressive stories found in this collection. … Poet Allen’s (Unseaming) pairing of individualistic suffering and cosmic hugeness evokes a lyrical friction between dread and wonder.”
Publishers Weekly

“The seven stories in this slim collection range from dark fantasy to sf to horror—sometimes all within one tale … Allen weaves intriguing connections among his tales, applying dizzying, sensual images.”
Library Journal

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction by Nicole Kornher-Stace
“The Spider Tapestries” (Lackington’s, 2015)
“Sleepless, Burning Life” (Steam-Powered, 2011)
“Twa Sisters” (Not One of Us, 2012)
“Silent in Her Nest” (original)
“She Who Runs” (Sky Whales and Other Wonders, 2009)
“Stolen Souls” (Altair, 1999)
“Still Life With Skull” (Solaris Rising 2, 2013; sequel to “Twa Sisters”)

 

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(Antimatter Press, 2014)
Introduction by Laird Barron

2015 Shirley Jackson Award finalist for Best Collection
2015 This Is Horror Award finalist for Best Collection

“Allen’s 14-story debut collection saturates alternate dimensions with literal horrific fleshiness. … Never obvious, sometimes impenetrable, Allen’s stories deliver solid shivering terror tinged with melancholy sorrow over the fragility of humankind.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“The stories in this debut collection range from the sly to the splatteringly horrific, with every nuance of dread and menace in between. … These 14 stories show that Allen (The Black Fire Concerto) is an author to watch, as capable of wringing sadness from a tale as he is of causing chills. From his background in poetry, the author surely learned his deft construction skills, placing words and evoking emotions with impressive economy but maximum effect. “
Library Journal, Starred Review

“Allen can write as lyrically and as viscerally as the best of them … an exceptional debut collection, and its stories show an imaginative writer with a very original voice working at the top of his game.”
Locus

“You just can’t turn your eyes away from the stunning cover by Danielle Tunstall: the seams of the skin coming undone and revealing the new flesh beneath. The image is a perfect introduction to the haunting world of Mike Allen, one of the most original practitioners of the body horror subgenre since Clive Barker’s Books of Blood.”
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

“Introduction: A Stitch in Darkness” by Laird Barron
“The Button Bin” (Helix: Speculative Fiction Quarterly, 2007; 2008 Nebula Award Finalist for Best Short Story)
“The Blessed Days” (Tales of the Talisman, 2009)
“Humpty” (Flesh & Blood, 2002)
“Her Acres of Pastoral Playground” (Cthulhu’s Reign, 2010)
“An Invitation via E-mail” (Weird Tales, 2008)
“The Hiker’s Tale” (Cabinet des Fées, 2007)
“The Music of Bremen Farm” (Cabinet des Fées, 2006)
“The Lead Between the Panes” (Lakeside Circus, 2014)
“Stone Flowers” (Scheherezade’s Bequest, 2009)
“Gutter” (original)
“Condolences” (original)
“Let There Be Darkness” (Penny Dreadful, 1998)
“The Quiltmaker” (original novella; the sequel to “The Button Bin”)
“Monster” (Nameless, 2014)

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