Mike Allenis creating novels, stories, poems & other types of writing
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For now, I'm staying basic. Pay what you want and I'll share things I've concocted that can't be found anywhere else, such as ongoing drafts of stories and novels, works that can't be currently found in print or online, and even sneak peeks at brand spanking new projects.
I sold my first speculative poem in 1991 to a university lit journal, and my first short story in 1992 to a pay in copy zine that briefly achieved newsstand distribution before vanishing into the void. Since then I've been on a long, winding journey with some surprising highs. My poems "The Strip Search" and "The Journey to Kailash" won the Rhysling Award in back-to-back years, 2006 and 2007. My poem "The Thirteenth Hell" was picked for The Best Horror of the Year in 2009. That same year, my horror story "The Button Bin" was a finalist for the Nebula Award. My first book-length collection of horror stories, Unseaming, was a finalist for the This Is Horror Award and the Shirley Jackson Award in 2014. Three years later I was nominated for the World Fantasy Award, though that was for editing Clockwork Phoenix 5, the latest in my Clockwork Phoenix series of anthologies.
I've had one dark fantasy novel published, The Black Fire Concerto, as well as more than sixty short stories and more than 250 poems. I have a lot of work that's in progress and/or unpublished. The point of this Patreon, to be blunt, is to help me generate even more. It will give me a chance to share my monsters made of prose and verse with y'all before they're unleashed on the unsuspecting public.