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CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5 stories on Tangent Online 2016 Recommended Reading List

January 4th, 2017 No Comments

Short fiction review site Tangent Online has released its 2016 Recommended Reading List, which includes eight of the twenty stories from Clockwork Phoenix 5. They are:   “The Wind at His Back” by Jason Kimble “The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me” by Rachael K. Jones “The Perfect Happy Family” by Patricia Russo “Squeeze” by Rob Cameron “The Sorcerer of Etah” by Gray Rinehart “The Trinitite Golem” by Sonya Taaffe “The Games We Play” by Cassandra Khaw “Innumerable Glimmering

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A STORY A DAY blog reviews all of CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5

April 21st, 2016 No Comments

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

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

March 23rd, 2016 No Comments

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

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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PUNKTOWN author Jeffrey Thomas on THE SPIDER TAPESTRIES

February 8th, 2016 No Comments

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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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY reviews THE SPIDER TAPESTRIES

February 1st, 2016 No Comments

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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C. S. E. Cooney reads from BONE SWANS at KGB Bar this Wednesday

December 14th, 2015 No Comments

Here’s a notice to those in driving or train-riding distance of New York City this coming Wednesday: C.S.E. Cooney will be reading from her short story collection Bone Swans as part of the monthly Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series that takes place inside Manhattan’s KGB Bar. She’s paired with YA punk fairy tale author Sarah McCarry (aka The Rejectionist). The reading starts at 7 p.m.; Cooney’s a terrific reader, you really don’t want to miss this.   Bone Swans

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New review for BONE SWANS + Mind Meld + BEST HORROR recommended reading

September 30th, 2015 No Comments

Another praise-filled review has appeared for C.S.E. Cooney’s debut fiction collection Bone Swans, this one from prolific book blogger Little Red Reviewer:   Claire Cooney’s writing style is lyrical, playful, poetic, and gleeful. It reflects the pure joy she gets from the act of storytelling. You know that look on a child’s face when they’re telling you a new joke they’ve learned? they get this “boy are you gonna love this!” look on their face? You almost don’t want to

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New MYTHIC DELIRIUM features, new BONE SWANS review

September 2nd, 2015 No Comments

September is here, and this means that we have gifts to share, a new story and two new poems, to help you prepare for fall.   • In “Sophia’s Legacy,” Barbara Krasnoff shares a sorcerous tale of a chess game played across time, with more at stake than any of the players realize. • “Four Chambers” by Shira Lipkin examines a torn yet resilient heart, and • “Dorothy Before Oz” by Jane Yolen both extends and subverts that classic tale.

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