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Funding the Outer Dark Symposium

March 9th, 2017 No Comments

I dig the Outer Dark podcast and the fact it focuses on “the Weird” in a way that doesn’t limit the term to a mere synonym for horror with literary ambition, so when organizers Anya Martin and Scott Nicolay announced the first Outer Dark Symposium in Decatur, Georgia, I couldn’t resist the pull of temptation. The event takes place March 25, and I plan to be there, joining in with a very cool roster of guest speakers. You can read

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Readercon, World Fantasy, GeekMob, Guillermo del Toro

August 8th, 2016 No Comments

Last time I wrote an update, Anita and I were about to drive up to Readercon in Boston. A whole lot has happened since, some of it fun, most of it not fun at all, but for purposes of this update I’m sticking to the fun stuff.   Readercon itself was terrific for us. We held in essence a second launch reading and launch party for the Clockwork Phoenix 5 anthology. Rob Cameron, A.C. Wise, C.S.E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez,

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My schedule at Readercon

July 5th, 2016 No Comments

I’m pleased to share my final schedule for Readercon in Boston this weekend. Anita and I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.   We’ll also have copies of all our books with us (our big push will be for Clockwork Phoenix 5, and a little bit extra for The Spider Tapestries, but all the rest will be along, too), in case you want to get one in person and have it signed.   Friday July 08

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Mythic Delirium invades Google Play

April 24th, 2016 No Comments

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

February 15th, 2016 No Comments

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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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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