The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society hosts Mike Allen
Mike Allen lives in Roanoke, Va., with his wife and editing assistant Anita, his dog Loki and felines Persephone and Pandora. He's editor and publisher of the critically-acclaimed Clockwork Phoenix anthologies of weird fiction, and thanks to all those who backed his $10,000 Kickstarter he'll be releasing a fourth volume in 2013.
He's also editor and publisher of the poetry journal Mythic Delirium -- soon to be reborn as an online fiction magazine. He was once foolish enough to run for president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association in a contested election and win. His poetry collection Strange Wisdoms of the Dead was picked by The Philadelphia Inquirer as an editor's choice selection in 2006.
Though he's had more than two hundred poems published, his focus is fiction now. His horror tale "The Button Bin" was a Nebula Award nominee in 2009, and his first short story collection, The Button Bin and Other Stories, is forthcoming from Dagan Books. His first novel, The Black Fire Concerto, is slated to come out from Haunted Star Press, a project helmed by John O'Neill of Black Gate. Mike's short fiction has appeared dozens of places, including Interzone, Weird Tales, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and the anthologies Cthulhu's Reign and Solaris Rising 2: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction.
He also records a mostly monthly column, "Tour of the Abattoir," for the Tales to Terrify podcast.
Admission is FREE.