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Mythic Delirium invades Google Play

April 24th, 2016 No Comments
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Thanks to a surprise opportunity, e-book editions of the Mythic Delirium Books anthologies and collections (and a number of my own books, too) are now available on Google Play, the Android equivalent of iBooks. One feature of Google Play that particularly impresses me: readers who buy a book can toggle back and forth between an EPUB edition and a PDF edition, thus having the choice of a standard e-book with flowing text and a facsimile of the print book available

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A STORY A DAY blog reviews all of CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5

April 21st, 2016 No Comments
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Here’s a treat: what I consider to be the most fine-detailed and insightful review of the Clockwork Phoenix 5 anthology to date appeared in installments over the course of a couple months at the A Story A Day Keeps Boredom Away blog, also known as 365shortstories.   Here’s links to all of the individual reviews:   “The Wind at His Back” by Jason Kimble “The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me” by Rachael K. Jones “The Perfect Happy Family”

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CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5 arises and flies

April 18th, 2016 No Comments
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So, as I mentioned in a previous post, I’m still playing the “belated” game, which is why I’m only now getting to the official post declaring that our newest anthology, Clockwork Phoenix 5, is available everywhere — though, to be fair, numerous shouts resounded via more ephemeral social media outlets on the April 5 launch date, and the launch reading that day was a smash success. More about that anon.   First, links to all the places you can find

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The spring issue of MYTHIC DELIRIUM is here!

April 4th, 2016 No Comments
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The April-May-June 2016 issue of Mythic Delirium (click to view)celebrates spring with three stories of fey strangeness from three writers new to the pages of our magazine. Roshani Chokshi reveals the fate of those who seek the fox feast, Amy Aderman offers a bright take on an inescapable curse, and Alisa Alering (an alumna of Clockwork Phoenix 4) spins an ekphrastic tale of preternatural sisters.   Our poems this time come from Theodora Goss, Virginia M. Mohlere, Sandi Leibowitz, Carina

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CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5 Goodreads giveaway and countdown to launch party

March 23rd, 2016 No Comments
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As of this evening the official release of Clockwork Phoenix 5 is less than two weeks away.   In collaboration with Jim Freund, the man behind New York’s long-running Hour of the Wolf radio program, we’re going to be holding a launch party for the book in Brooklyn, N.Y., as part of the New York Review of Science Fiction Readings.   Clockwork Phoenix 5 contributors Rob Cameron, C.S.E. Cooney, Carlos Hernandez, Barbara Krasnoff, Sonya Taaffe, Shveta Thakrar and A.C. Wise

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THE SPIDER TAPESTRIES scatters into the world, abetted by kind blurbs and reviews

March 23rd, 2016 No Comments
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For reasons good and bad, I’m awfully behind in promoting my latest writing and publishing hijinx. So, belatedly but enthusiastically, more than three weeks after the fact, I’m thrilled to announce that my second short story collection, the ultra-ultraweird The Spider Tapestries: Seven Strange Stories, is loose in the world!   I had been planning on Book Day to share the full text of the wonderful blurb that World Fantasy Award winner Scott Nicolay wrote for The Spider Tapestries—except I

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CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5 gets starred review in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

March 9th, 2016 No Comments
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The first review of Clockwork Phoenix 5 has appeared, and we’re proud to report that it’s a coveted starred review from Publishers Weekly! We could not have hoped for better.   Allen’s strange and lovely fifth genre-melding fantasy anthology selects 20 new short stories of unusual variety, texture, compassion, and perception. . . . The common denominator seems to be love in many unusual incarnations: two fathers’ devotion to their lost children in Barbara Krasnoff’s ghost story “Sabbath Wine,” a

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The Bone Swans of Amandale by C.S.E. Cooney now a Nebula Award nominee!

February 20th, 2016 No Comments
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We at Mythic Delirium Books want to offer a huge, heartfelt congratulations to C.S.E. Cooney, whose story “The Bone Swans of Amandale” from her collection Bone Swans is now a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Novella!   You can read Claire’s Nebula nominated story free on our website — and of course, you can buy the collection, too!   This honor comes on top of 2015 Locus Recommended Reading List appearances for both “Bone Swans” the novella and

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Goodreads giveaway: win one of 10 paperback ARCs of THE SPIDER TAPESTRIES

February 15th, 2016 No Comments
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A.C. Wise was kind enough to conduct an interview with me today about my forthcoming collection of short stories, The Spider Tapestries, that coincides with a giveaway of 10 paperback ARCs that launched today on Goodreads. You can read the interview here.   Details of the giveaway can be found here and they are also boxed inside the widget:   Goodreads Book Giveaway The Spider Tapestries by Mike Allen Giveaway ends February 29, 2016. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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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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