Novellas and novelettes


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Papaveria Press


The Quiltmaker

(Papaveria Press, 2015)

Hand-bound hardcover,
limited to 18 copies

“His unsettling Nebula-nominated ‘The Button Bin’ is as disorienting as it is disturbing … In prose both lyrical and unvarnished, Allen depicts haunting regret … and disembodied shrieking rage … When he combines both emotions in ‘The Quiltmaker,’ a continuation of ‘The Button Bin,’ he transforms that original tale in ways that resonate throughout the collection.”
Publishers Weekly, from the starred review of Unseaming

“By the time ‘The Quiltmaker’ rolls around and we get a bigger, even better story featuring the narrator of ‘The Button Bin,’ Allen leaves readers with nerves jangling.”
Library Journal, from the starred review of Unseaming

“Allen can write as lyrically and as viscerally as the best of them, sometimes in the same paragraph.”



The Sky-Riders

(with Paul Dellinger)

(Mythic Delirium Books, 2015)

A vintage Western meets an alien invasion straight out of the golden age of science fiction and adds a chaser of steampunk in The Sky-Riders, a new novelette from Southwest Virginia authors Paul Dellinger (Mr. Lazarus, Fuzzy) and Mike Allen (The Black Fire Concerto, Unseaming).

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Mythic Delirium Books


Follow the Wounded One

(Not One of Us, 2008)


A novelette set in the same world as “The Hiker’s Tale” and “The Cruelest Team Will Win.”

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