Mike Allen lives in Roanoke, Va., with his wife and frequent editing assistant Anita, their dog Loki and felines Pandora and Persephone. By day he works as the arts columnist for The Roanoke Times, the city’s daily paper.
In his spare time he’s a writer, editor, publisher and poet. His poetry collection Strange Wisdoms of the Dead was a Philadelphia Inquirer Editor’s Choice selection in 2006. His horror tale “The Button Bin” was a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story in 2009. His poems and stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit, Interzone, The Best Horror of the Year One, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Cthulhu’s Reign, Solaris Rising 2: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction, and other places. Dagan Books is bringing out his first collection of short fiction, The Button Bin and Other Stories.
He’s the editor of the critically-acclaimed Clockwork Phoenix anthologies of weird fiction, and in 2012 successfully raised more than $10,000 through Kickstarter.com to produce a fourth volume. He also edits the long-running print poetry journal, Mythic Delirium, which is about to transform into a webzine that will showcase both fiction and poetry. You can follow his efforts as a writer at descentintolight.com, as an editor at mythicdelirium.com, and as both on Twitter at @mythicdelirium.
The Black Fire Concerto is his first novel.