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Aftermath of an Industrial Accident: Stories Kindle Edition
2020 Shirley Jackson Award finalist, Best Story Collection
2020 Locus Recommended Reading List, Best Story Collection
“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, author of Monsterland
“Allen overflows the tank with nightmare fuel . . . 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
“An incredible read. This collection of horror and dark fantasy poetry and short fiction needs to be on the shelf of any horror reader.”
“Allen weds the brute visceral punch of early Clive Barker with the demented whimsy of darker Neil Gaiman.”
—Craig Laurance Gidney, author of A Spectral Hue
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.”
"Mike Allen may be the premier poet of this era of weird horror and surrealist fantasy. His work is completely fearless. He takes no genre boundaries as sacred."
"Finely finished tours de force of the storyteller’s art—and representative examples of the state of the modern weird/dark/speculative art . . . This has got to be a shortlist candidate for many Best Collection awards for 2020."
—Ginger Nuts of Horror
"Each tale in Aftermath of an Industrial Accident packs a punch that will keep you willingly pinned to the wall."
—Christina Sng, author of A Collection of Nightmares
"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."
—R. S. Belcher, author of The Brotherhood of the Wheel
"Allen deftly imbues each world visited with its own own special kind of dread."
—A .C. Wise, author of Catfish Lullaby
"Each offering is like a tender slice of a bad dream."
"Mike Allen habitually upends Lovecraftian tropes with his own brand of cosmic horror."
- ASIN : B0873ZS724
- Publisher : Mythic Delirium Books (7 July 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1699 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 240 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #918,977 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from other countries
Great atmosphere, high end use of language, and dimensional at its every turn, this book was written by a writer who is a master of the craft. I’m ashamed to say I had never read Allen before this, but he has certainly become a favorite very quickly. Impressive to say the least.
-Colt Leasure, writer
It’s not always easy to figure out exactly what each story is going to be and sometimes when it’s over not always exactly easy to figure out exactly what it was. But it is most memorable.
It is incredibly rare for me to not finish a book, but this one made the cut...
It wasn't clear to me if this was an anthology or not. The editing was poor and the writing unimpressive. I adore horror fiction and kaiju stories, so I am not "high-browing" this book at all.
With so many options out there, I'd stay away from this one...