Marian Allen


Marian Allen writes science fiction, fantasy, mystery, humor, horror, mainstream, and anything else she can wrestle into fixed form.

Allen has had stories in anthologies, on-line and print publications, including several volumes of Marion Zimmer Bradley's SWORD & SORCERESS, on coffee cans and the wall of an Indian restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky. She posts on her own eclectic blog,

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. For those from elsewhere: The West End was the "tough" part of town. I wasn't tough, though; I was invisible. You see a lot when you're invisible, and you hear a lot. You think about things a lot. You think about what you would do if had the nerve or the muscle. Pretty useful, for a future writer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's a toss-up between writing something I'm proud of and writing something somebody else loves.
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Where to find Marian Allen online


Turtle Feathers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,830. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
The dog Joseph's stepmother gave him leads him away from his intended route. Disobedience puts a young mermaid's life into the relentless claws of a crab. A penguin thinks his fortune is made when he discovers a cache of Scotch. More off-beat animal stories from the author of LONNIE, ME AND THE HOUND OF HELL.
Lonnie, Me and the Hound of Hell
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,470. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Short stories of animals and oddities. A man's best friend believes he's called the devil's own dog. A little girl is terrorized, with only two little mice to help her. A vampire is sent to clean up a crooked horse race. A gay cat puts his paws on the line to save a friend from aliens. Ten stories included, some never before published.
The King of Cherokee Creek
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,100. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00 from 1 review)
Bud Blossom, Chinese-American owner of floating dockside restaurant The Golden Lotus, is a hard man to work for, a bad man to cross, and a difficult man to befriend. This is a collection of stories--some previously published, some new--about Bud and the people into whose lives he digs his claws. Also includes "The Dragon of North 24th Street", published in Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine.
MA's Monthly Hot Flashes: 2002-2009
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Hot Flashes are tiny little stories--fireflies for your mind. I've published one of these little guys every month since January 2002. This seven-year collection includes romance, mystery, tragedy, fantasy and more. Perfect for reading on a small-screen device.

Marian Allen's tag cloud

animals    bizarro    cats    chickens    chinese american    collection    dogs    donkeys    dragons    fantasy    flash fiction    funny    gay    ghosts    hellhound    hot flashes    houseboat    humor    literary    lonnie    marian allen    mermaids    mermayds    micro fiction    mystery    penguins    postcard fiction    restaurant    romance    science fiction    short stories    turtles    vampires    young adult    zombies   

Marian Allen's favorite authors on Smashwords

Smashwords book reviews by Marian Allen

  • A to Z Stories of Life and Death on Jan. 28, 2012

    This book is amazing! I read many of them as they were written -- ONE A DAY -- during the 2011 April A-to-Z challenge. I understand some of those were left out, others were added and all were edited. The result is a collection of little jewels. Some are happy, some are sad, some are disturbing, but all are moving and exceptional. Beautiful language! Beautiful book!
  • The New Death and Others on Jan. 28, 2012

    A wonderful book! Whether a poem based on a Howard story, an Arabian Nights tale, a fable or a surreal comedy, each piece is intriguing, engaging and entertaining.
  • Packaged on March 21, 2012

    This is an amazing book. It begins as an ordinary woman starts her ordinary day. Then oddities crop up. They become more and more odd until.... You know how sometimes you're dreaming, and you suddenly REALIZE you're dreaming? That's what happened as I read this book. The character isn't dreaming, but the reader is. Lee has done something I would never have thought possible, something that enchanted me and delighted me over and over: he has written a book that follows dream logic, a book that is both amorphous and coherent. Buy this book, folks. You're welcome.