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Groundhog Day NYRSF reading offers livestreaming preview of CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5

February 10th, 2016 No Comments
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On Feb. 2 (Groundhog Day!) as part of the New York Review of Science Fiction/Hour of the Wolf reading series in Brooklyn, Clockwork Phoenix 5 author Barbara Krasnoff read her contribution to the anthology, the moving ghost story “Sabbath Wine,” providing audience members with a preview of the book. Barbara was paired with fantasy and horror writer Richard Bowes.   The reading was livestreamed and remains available on video. Barbara starts reading “Sabbath Wine” at about 12 minutes in.  

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PUNKTOWN author Jeffrey Thomas on THE SPIDER TAPESTRIES

February 8th, 2016 No Comments
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This post first appeared at Descent into Light.   I’m hugely honored that Jeffrey Thomas, author of the cult classic genre mashup Punktown, took time away from his busy writing schedule to craft a blurb for my forthcoming collection The Spider Tapestries.   And I’m doubly honored by what he had to say:   “We think of science fiction, fantasy, and horror as genres of the imagination, but someone like Mike Allen shows us how lacking in daring and vision

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February story and poems now live: Layton, Lindsann, Bishop

February 8th, 2016 No Comments
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It’s a constant refrain here at Mythic Delirium Books right now: so much is happening that it’s a challenge to coherently chronicle it. Last week we enjoyed the unexpected but much deserved appearance of C.S.E. Cooney’s collection Bone Swans and novella “The Bone Swans of Amandale” on the 2015 Locus Recommended Reading List.   In the zine zone, we also released our featured story and featured poems for February, offering variations on hellish themes from the “pages” of the Jan.-March

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BONE SWANS book and novella by C.S.E. Cooney make LOCUS reading list, now on Kindle for 99 cents for 1st time

February 2nd, 2016 No Comments
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On Feb. 1 (by coincidence, my birthday) Locus magazine posted its 2015 Recommended Reading List, and we at Mythic Delirium got a wonderful present.   Not only did our first book of short stories by one author, Bone Swans by C.S.E. Cooney, make the best collection list — the book’s original novella, “The Bone Swans of Amandale,” made the best novella list.   We’re so proud of Claire! To celebrate the recognition her work is getting, and encourage more of

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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY reviews THE SPIDER TAPESTRIES

February 1st, 2016 No Comments
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This past week, Publishers Weekly reviewed my new short story collection, The Spider Tapestries, and I feel like one lucky author, because whoever wrote the review seems to have understood my super-strange little book on every level.   The gist of the review:   “Elegant language and surrealistic themes defy genre and moral expectations in the weird and transgressive stories found in this collection . . . Allen’s pairing of individualistic suffering and cosmic hugeness evokes a lyrical friction between

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CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5 available for pre-order + NYC launch reading April 5!

January 26th, 2016 No Comments
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Hey, everybody, mark your calendars for Clockwork Phoenix 5 launch reading, one the books to take place April 5 at 7 p.m. in The Brooklyn Commons Cafe at 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York as part of the New York Review of Science Fiction/Hour of the Wolf Reading series.   I’ll be there with bells on, and so will seven of the book’s 21 contributors: Rob Cameron, C. S. E. Cooney, Barbara Krasnoff, Carlos Hernandez, Sonya Taaffe, Shveta Thakrar, and

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Mythic Delirium story makes 2016 Best of Year anthology

January 25th, 2016 No Comments
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Anita and I want to extend our proud congratulations to Swapna Kishore, whose short story “The Absence of Words” from our January-March 2015 issue is going to be reprinted in Paula Guran’s The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2016, forthcoming from Prime Books.   We’re really happy for Swapna, and pleased that her haunting story will get a chance to reach a new audience.   We’re also delighted for reasons of enlightened self-interest. The Clockwork Phoenix books have had

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Mythic Delirium Books award eligibility post; C.S.E. Cooney BONE SWANS novella available now online

January 21st, 2016 No Comments
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I’m a bit behind everyone else in posting something like this, to which I apologize to the authors, who all deserve as much attention as possible for their terrific work. I have a reasonable excuse, though, as for the past three and a half months I’ve been preoccupied with finalizing all the e-book and paperback editions of books that I owed the backers of the Clockwork Phoenix 5 Kickstarter. There’s still plenty more to be done, but I’ve reached a

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The first MYTHIC DELIRIUM of 2016! Features from Finch, Leibowitz, Frederick

January 17th, 2016 No Comments
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Hello, everyone! I hope the new year has been good to you so far.   Here at Mythic Delirium Books, we have a lot going on in the first half of 2016, not least of which is the release of our first Mythic Delirium issue of the year.   In our January-March 2016 issue, Sheila Finch, Janna Layton, and Jeannette Ng provide fantasy tales that have embedded within them thoughtful takes on Christian themes, in the best traditions of Stephen

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CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5 Kickstarter rewards: an update

December 28th, 2015 1 Comment
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Posted first here at the Clockwork Phoenix 5 Kickstarter campaign site:   Hello, Clockwork Phoenix 5 backers. I hope the winter is being kind to you.   I wanted to use this lull between Christmas and New Year’s to give all of you a more thorough update as to where things stand with the project and your rewards. We’ve spent a lot of time making books and other rewards, and very little time talking about exactly what it is we’ve

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