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UNSEAMING written up in NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION

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Unseaming_MD_webThe New York Review of Science Fiction just published a review of my collection Unseaming; I'm pretty sure that's the first time I've ever been mentioned in that journal. Reviewer Peter Rawlik has both praise and criticism to offer my book, but ultimately the raves outweigh the rants:
 
Unseaming is not a perfect collection, but overall, Mike Allen’s debut marks him as a writer to watch and should please fans of Laird Barron, Simon Strantzas, Richard Gavin, Caitlín Kiernan, and Gemma Files. Indeed, while Unseaming may not gain Allen a place on the faculty of what might be considered the school of the New Weird, it certainly places him on the Dean’s list for outstanding achievement.

 
I'll take it. I'm sure honored to be listed in that company.
 
The review highlights most of the stories in the collection: "The Blessed Days," "Humpty, "The Hiker's Tale," "Stone Flowers, "Condolences." He singles out "The Button Bin," "Let There Be Darkness," "Her Acres of Pastoral Playground" and "Monster" for in-depth praise. On the flip side, he contends that "An Invitation via E-mail" and "The Quiltmaker" don't work, but with the latter story he concedes, "it is a valiant attempt at experimental storytelling ... I can see the attraction that some have for the story."
 
Fair enough!
 
#SFWApro
 

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On January 16th, 2015 09:52 pm (UTC), sovay commented:
"Indeed, while Unseaming may not gain Allen a place on the faculty of what might be considered the school of the New Weird, it certainly places him on the Dean’s list for outstanding achievement."

Congratulations!
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On January 16th, 2015 11:10 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
Thank you! (Heh. It's been years since I've been on a Dean's list.)
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On January 17th, 2015 05:34 am (UTC), handful_ofdust commented:
That's a very nice review indeed. It's odd to see myself invoked along with all those other names, as well as with yours, but...;) Very glad for you, man.
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On January 17th, 2015 09:36 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
Hee! Thanks, Gemma. And 1) I know what you mean, but also 2) having my writing compared to yours is for sure a big compliment.
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On January 17th, 2015 10:25 pm (UTC), asakiyume commented:
"Let There Be Darkness" was one of the most unsettling and memorable, for me.
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On January 17th, 2015 10:46 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
I'm flattered, as you can imagine.

It also fascinates me to see that story so well received now — it's been out a long time, and certainly didn't cause a stir when it first appeared...

Edited at 2015-01-17 10:47 pm (UTC)
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On January 19th, 2015 12:59 am (UTC), asakiyume replied:
Some times really are better for story reception than others, for whole hosts of reasons...
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On January 19th, 2015 03:00 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
Arcane, eldritch reasons.
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On January 18th, 2015 07:47 am (UTC), wyld_dandelyon commented:
That's great!
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On January 19th, 2015 03:01 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
Thank you!
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