Short story sale to LAKESIDE CIRCUS

/ August 15th, 2013 / No Comments »

I’m proud to able to announce the sale of my short story “The Lead Between the Panes” to Lakeside Circus, publisher, editor and writer Carrie Cuinn’s new online zine. (By the way, she’s still looking for submissions for the first issue.)
“The Lead Between the Panes” was inspired by a stained glass window on display in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts — and a reflection of that window that appeared to hover disembodied over the museum’s atrium, as if it were the ghostly manifestation of a church that once stood in that spot. Spiders, storms and a rural family’s dysfunctional history also figure in the mix. Of course they all live happily ever after. *wink* #SFWApro

Little Red Reviewer on THE BLACK FIRE CONCERTO

/ August 14th, 2013 / No Comments »

The snarky redhead behind the Little Red Reviewer blog takes on my first novel, The Black Fire Concerto, and has some really kind and downright awesome things to say about it:

Exploding with magic, music, and violence, this short novel has the magical feel of an old school suspenseful fantasy adventure as filtered through the eyes of H.R. Giger. …
Allen’s dark imagery includes temples and catacombs made of thousands of bones and body parts, clockwork machines that run on vertebrae and brain matter, and [heroine] Olyssa quickly dispatches anything and everything that gets in her way. This is a woman you do not want to piss off! …
If you’ve got a strong stomach and want a story with a unique magic system, give The Black Fire Concerto a try. Allen is under the radar, but he shouldn’t be.

I’ll be getting new copies of The Black Fire Concerto Concerto soon for those who might want a signed one directly from me, but other than that it’s available in print or on Kindle exclusively at Amazon. #SFWApro

FLYING HIGHER — a free ebook of superhero poetry

/ August 8th, 2013 / No Comments »

FHThe completely free e-book only poetry anthology Flying Higher: An Anthology of Superhero Poetry, edited by Shira Lipkin and Michael Damian Thomas, just came out today. It contains among many other things my incredibly silly poem “Darksein the Diabolic Plots His Comeback from Beyond the Grave” and my wife Anita’s not quite as silly poem “Mrs. Freeze.”

A lot of cool people contributed to this project. To see the full table of contents, click here.

To download as many free copies as you want, click here.

THE BLACK FIRE CONCERTO now available on Kindle (+ reviews)

/ August 8th, 2013 / No Comments »

black_fire_concerto_front_coverMy first novel, The Black Fire Concerto, is available for Kindle (click here to check it out — if you’re an Amazon Prime member you can borrow it free) as well as in paperback (click here to check that out). One presumes that in the near future you’ll be able to go to one page for both editions — mysterious and strange are the ways of Bezos.
There’ve been a couple of early review of The Black Fire Concerto that I’m pleased to share here.
At Lynn’s Book Blog, there’s a lengthy, thoughful review:

I don’t want to give away too much in terms of the plot and what’s going on. It’s basically a rescue mission with a difference. There’s dark magic involved and it would be remiss of me at this point not to mention that this is a fairly brutal world. I would describe this as fantasy/horror I suppose if pushed. … I could easily see these characters taking on more adventures in a sort of chase between good and evil. I would definitely like more from these characters and a chance to see this world expanded upon.

Lynn’s Book Blog also just posted an interview with me about The Black Fire Concerto and writing in general.

When I wrote Black Fire Concerto, it was the first time I ever took a “glued to the keyboard, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead, no stops for any reason” approach to a first draft of that length … Here I have to give a universe of credit to my editor, Claire Cooney, who was able to look over 200-some pages of raw dreaming and say, you steered in the right direction the whole time, but these are all the places where you left the path.

Another interview appeared at My Bookish Ways that also covers my anthology Clockwork Phoenix 4.
And neither last nor least, A Fantastical Librarian offers another review, saying that though the zombie-style violence and gore was a bit much for her, she did still enjoy it.

The Black Fire Concerto shone in its world-building. It’s a post-apocalyptic United States, which due to a calamity called The Storms has been altered to be almost unrecognisable. In this new reality magic seems to have returned to the world, along with an infestation of ghouls and the creation of new, changed peoples, plants, and wildlife. The magic in the book is interesting as there is an almost evil connotation to it, not just in the way the villains of the book use it, but even in the way it affects Olyssa and Erzelle. … if you enjoy dark fantasy and zombie-esque monsters, The Black Fire Concerto will be right in your wheelhouse and this slim novel might prove an unexpected delight for you.


The CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 4 special signed edition in Tokyo

/ August 3rd, 2013 / No Comments »

The special signed edition that was the top reward in the Clockwork Phoenix 4 Kickstarter is continuing its travels.

Clockwork Phoenix 4 contributor Yukimi Ogawa writes, “I went to the shrine to wish for its safe journey, and got a traffic safety amulet. I put it between my story’s pages…”


Yukimi also sent terrific pictures of the table of contents that show how the edition is progressing:

Next stop, Hong Kong!
Don’t forget, SF Signal is hosting a worldwide giveaway of two copies of the anthology. The giveaway ends this coming Friday. #SFWApro

The cannonade of heaven rolls down the Amazon

/ July 29th, 2013 / 1 Comment »

Two things newly available on today. Click pix for more details. #SFWApro

A thing I wrote:
A thing I edited:


Funny story about the thing I wrote — I had a very successful launch reading and launch party for The Black Fire Concerto at ReaderCon. Sold out of all my copies. Then my publisher (and I) were waiting for the book to go live on Amazon in order to start Phase 2. We waited, and waited, and waited. Nothing. Black Gate and Haunted Stars overlord John O’Neill contacted Amazon. Still nothing. And more nothing.

Finally, a friend of Anita’s, Becky Mushko, saw the listing through Anita’s Facebook page, and noticed that the promised publication date was July 15, 3013 — a thousand hundred — and to think I got an A in college calculus! years from now! Could that really be the problem?

This morning, John asked Amazon to fix the date. And the book went live within a couple hours.

So let that be a lesson to you all. Of some kind.

Kenneth Schneyer’s story from CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 4 at Podcastle

/ July 28th, 2013 / No Comments »

I was too buried in Kickstarter promotion and website building to signal boost this when it happened, so apologies for the lateness. Podcastle has posted an audio adaption of Kennenth Schneyer‘s much-praised short story “Selected Program Notes From the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer” from the pages of Clockwork Phoenix 4. Here’s the teaser they offered up:

34. Magda #4 (1989)
Oil on poplar wood, 30 x 21″
Private collection

Sometimes called “Devotion” by critics, this nude the earliest extant work featuring Magda Ridley Meszaros (1963-2023), Latimer’s favorite model and later her wife. The lushness of the flesh and the rosiness of the skin are reminiscent of Renoir’s paintings of Aline Charigot (See, e.g., The Large Bathers (1887) (Fig. 8)). Latimer maintains microscopic hyperrealism even as she employs radiating brushstrokes which emanate from the model, as if Meszaros is the source of reality itself.

Discussion questions:

a. The materials and dimensions of this painting duplicate those of Da Vinci’s La Gioconda (c. 1503-1519) (Fig. 17). Is this merely a compositional joke or homage by Latimer? How does it change the way you see the painting?

b. Most biographers agree that Latimer and Meszaros were already lovers by the time this work was completed. Is this apparent from the composition or technique? From the pose of the model? As you proceed through the exhibit, note similarities and differences between this and other portrayals of Meszaros over the next 34 years.

Click here to have a listen. #SFWApro

The kickstarter for Mythic Delirium is almost done

/ July 24th, 2013 / No Comments »

As of this writing the Kickstarter for Mythic Delirium has 90 minutes to go. This is the last chance to get rewards like Anita’s jewelry pins and Paula’s special art prints, and the last remaining Cherie Priest signed and numbered chapbook. #SFWApro

Thanks so much to all of you who’ve made this campaign a huge success!

Mythic Delirium Kickstarter update: stretch goal unlocked

/ July 23rd, 2013 / No Comments »

There’s about a day left before the Mythic Delirium Kickstarter comes to a close.

Once again, I must thank the amazing support of our backers and of this incredibly generous community. As of this writing we’re almost $100 past our stretch goal to fund a print anthology gathering the contents of the entire first year of the new digital-age Mythic Delirium.

After some hard thinking, I’ve decided not to set any more stretch goals. Any goal I set would involve aspects of the project that can’t happen for two or three years yet, so it seems best to not bind the zine’s resources that way.

However, we still have a number of cool rewards left unclaimed. In particular there’s nine art prints from Paula Friedlander still to be had, and 16 more of Anita’s jewelry pins. Anita says that whatever pins don’t get claimed she will repurpose for other projects, so if you really do want one of these Mythic Delirium pins, you only have till Wednesday morning. Then they’ll be gone.


And of course, you’re more than welcome to just pledge for subscriptions to our ebook editions and learn firsthand what we’re up to, as this magazine is totally going to happen, and is guaranteed to keep going through at least mid-2016 — and hopefully subscriptions and donations that come in through the intervening years will keep it going even longer.

The CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 4 special signed edition continues its travels

/ July 22nd, 2013 / No Comments »

Here it is with Camille Alexa in Montreal, just prior to heading out for Tokyo.



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