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By Yukimi Ogawa
Like Smoke, Like Light: Stories


By Theodora Goss
The Collected Enchantments
Snow White Learns Witchcraft
In the Forest of Forgetting
Songs for Ophelia


By Mike Allen, C. S. E. Cooney,
Amanda J. McGee
and Jessica P. Wick

A Sinister Quartet


Edited by Mike Allen
Clockwork Phoenix: Tales
of Beauty and Strangeness

Clockwork Phoenix 2: More
Tales of Beauty and Strangeness

Clockwork Phoenix 3: New
Tales of Beauty and Strangeness

Clockwork Phoenix 4
Clockwork Phoenix 5


By C. S. E. Cooney
The Twice-Drowned Saint
Dark Breakers
Bone Swans: Stories


By Barbara Krasnoff
The History of Soul 2065


By Nicole Kornher-Stace


By Mike Allen
Slow Burn
Aftermath of an
Industrial Accident

Hungry Constellations (poems)
The Spider Tapestries
The Sky-Riders
(with Paul Dellinger)

Edited by Mike and Anita Allen
Mythic Delirium
Mythic Delirium: Volume Two


2020 Shirley Jackson Award finalist

Aftermath of an Industrial Accident

Stories by Mike Allen

introduction by Jeffrey Thomas


Locus 2020 Recommended Reading List, Best Story Collection


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A reading from Aftermath of an Industrial Accident!

Mike Allen reads excerpts from Aftermath of an Industrial Accident during the virtual Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading held July 15, 2020, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matt Kressel.


“From heartbreaking character studies to exercises in Grand Guignol excess, from scalpel-sharp poetry to sledgehammers of blood-soaked prose, Mike Allen displays not only his own considerable range, but the range of the horror genre as well. Aftermath of an Industrial Accident will surprise and delight you at every turn.”
—Nathan Ballingrud, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of Wounds

“Allen overflows the tank with nightmare fuel in this collection of 23 stories and poems that showcase his ability to find the monstrous in almost any setting . . . Readers will be impressed by the variety, intensity, and skilled craftsmanship Allen brings to this collection. These horror shorts are sure to linger in the dark corners of readers’ minds.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

Cover art by Danielle Tunstall

Aftermath of an Industrial Accident puts the weird in Weird Fiction. The stories range from clever twists on the Lovecraft mythos, to the downright madcap (spider demons nesting in suburban souls!). Allen weds the brute visceral punch of early Clive Barker with the demented whimsy of darker Neil Gaiman.”
—Craig Laurance Gidney, Lambda Award-nominated author of A Spectral Hue

“Mike Allen habitually upends Lovecraftian tropes with his own brand of cosmic horror.”
—Laird Barron, Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson award-winning author of Swift to Chase

A Korean War veteran must rely on wits, improvised weapons, and words from the dread Necronomicon to escape the lair of a deranged cult. A ghost cannot communicate how she died, no matter how desperately she tries, while an unconventional ghost hunter incurs the venomous wrath of the Queen of Night. Murderous conspiracies reveal themselves in online video clips, a saint blasphemes as a serial killer prays for mercy, and corrupt families in ancient kingdoms trade blood and souls for leverage over foes. Enduring nightmares for a living can lead to a fate worse than burnout. A gruesome invasion from outside space and time tests courage—and corporate loyalty—past all rational limits.

In these twenty-three stories and poems, two-time World Fantasy Award nominee Mike Allen spins twisted narratives, some wound through the fabric of our world, some set in imagined pasts or futures, all plumbing the depths of human darkness. “The consistency, here, is simply excellence,” writes Bram Stoker Award finalist and Punktown creator Jeffrey Thomas in his introduction. “You are holding in your hands an overflowing cornucopia of monstrous goodness.”

More praise for Aftermath of an Industrial Accident

“There’s grand guignol body horror (“Puppet Show”). There’s folk occult noir (“Follow the Wounded One” and “The Cruelest Team Will Win”). There’s more or less Lovecraftian cosmic horror (“Binding,” “Drift from the Windrows”). And there’s tongue-in-cheek, weirdly sinister science fiction (“Blue Evolution” and the cover story.) . . . This has got to be a shortlist candidate for many Best Collection awards for 2020. It has a great cover that is every bit as jolting and unsettling as some of the contents. And it has one of the year’s killer titles. What are you waiting for?”
—Ginger Nuts of Horror

“As a huge fan of Mike Allen’s first novel, The Black Fire Concerto, I was excited beyond belief to have the opportunity to devour his new collection, Aftermath of an Industrial Accident.
      “In this collection, Allen demonstrates again and again his masterful ability to infuse cosmic, existential terror into the most intimate, and mundane aspects of our lives, while never failing to point out the self-made horror already there: from his introductory piece that credits Poe as a conjurer of inescapable, psychic horror and a muse-sinister for Allen, to the title story that force-marches the reader through rising terror, like a tea kettle screaming, for which there is no escape, no sanctuary, even within your own mind.
      “With every one of Allen’s works I get my hands on, I am more and more impressed with his dream-like prose, his knack for seeping cold, inescapable dread into the ‘normal’ foundations of his tales. Allen is a craftsman and this collection represents him at the height of his game. These stories will stick with you long after you have finished them. I highly recommend Aftermath of an Industrial Accident for fans of Allen’s work, and for those who will have the envious pleasure of discovering him for the first time.”
—R. S. Belcher, Locus Award-nominated author of The Brotherhood of the Wheel

“From World Fantasy Award-nominated author and editor Mike Allen comes a mesmerizingly beautiful, classic horror collection of short stories and poems. Each tale in Aftermath of an Industrial Accident packs a punch that will keep you willingly pinned to the wall. A master of the hook and a perfect ending, Allen’s fast-paced, fluid prose engages you from the very beginning and does not let you go until it is done with its story; and the stories will keep resonating in your mind like a wonderful, terrible memory that haunts and thrills you. ‘Six Waking Nightmares’ scared and intrigued me, ‘A Deaf Policeman Heard the Noise’ had me turning the pages for more, ‘The Cruelest Team Will Win’ is an arachnophilic thing of beauty, and the title story is an apt reminder of the horrific monsters our god complex creates. Allen writes with a mystical precognition of knowing the deepest terrors in your gut. If you don’t want to ever sleep again, read Aftermath of an Industrial Accident just before bedtime. It’ll be worth it.”
—Christina Sng, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Collection of Nightmares

“From a university library’s forbidden collection, to a manse occupied by cursed souls, to seemingly ordinary suburban homes haunted by memories and otherworldly beings, Aftermath takes readers on a journey, and Allen deftly imbues each world visited with its own own special kind of dread.”
—A .C. Wise, Nebula Award-nominated author of Catfish Lullaby


  • Introduction: Aftermath of an Explosive Imagination by Jeffrey Thomas
  • Six Waking Nightmares Poe Gave Me in Third Grade
  • The Sun Saw
  • The Paper Boy
  • A Deaf Policeman Heard the Noise
  • Tick Flick
  • The Cruelest Team Will Win
  • The Nightmare Avatar’s Nightmare (with Christina Sng)
  • Tardigrade
  • Burn the Kool Kidz at the Stake
  • Puppet Show
  • The Bone Bird
  • Longsleeves
  • “Toujours Il Coûte Trop Cher.” (with C. S. E. Cooney)
  • Binding
  • Nolens Volens
  • Sad Wisps of Empty Smoke
  • Blue Evolution
  • The Ivy-Smothered Palisade
  • With Shining Gifts that Took All Eyes
  • Follow the Wounded One
  • Drift from the Windrows
  • Aftermath of an Industrial Accident
  • The Night Watchman Dreams His Rounds at the REM Sleep Factory


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