Allison M. Dickson
Allison M. Dickson is a writer of dark contemporary fiction covering the realms of horror, suspense, science-fiction, and fantasy. Her long backlist of short stories is now available in two collections, AT THE END OF THINGS and WICKED BREW, and you can find her most recent short work in the ghost anthology WRAPPED IN WHITE from Sekhmet Press as well as in an upcoming issue of Apex Magazine. Her debut novel, STRINGS, released from Hobbes End Publishing in late 2013 to rave reviews and has topped Amazon's crime and horror bestseller lists multiple times. Readers can look forward to her next novel in the summer of 2014, a dystopian sci-fi epic called THE LAST SUPPER. When she's not writing, she's co-hosting a weekly podcast, Creative Commoners. After spending a decade in Olympia, Washington, she returned with her husband and kids to her native Midwest and currently resides in Dayton, Ohio.
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- A Fly in Amber
on Feb. 25, 2011
Knippling is an incredibly versatile author who seems able to tackle pretty much any genre. I have always been fascinated by the mystique surrounding Scotch, but you don't have to be a drinker to enjoy it. Definitely worth the download.
- Graceful Blur
on Feb. 25, 2011
No one can capture action quite like Ian Healy, and he's at the top of his game with this short story about a young hero with super speed running a streak across the Bonneville Salt Flats to break the sound barrier. In fact, he does such a good job of putting the reader in Mustang Sally's shoes that you might want to wear goggles to protect your eyes from the flying grit.
- In His Majesty's Postal Service
on Feb. 25, 2011
A magical tale, In His Majesty's Postal Service gives us little tastes of Rowling and Gaiman in this wonderful short story that ponders, with just the right touch of humor and whimsy, what it might be like to deliver mail to wizards and witches. This is one of Healy's best.
- Troubleshooters: The Longest Joke Ever Told
on March 21, 2011
Imagine your favorite action movie, chock full of exhilarating action and tongue-in-cheek humor. Then add in a little Neal Stephenson and Philip K. Dick, and you'll have Troubleshooters: The Longest Joke Ever Told.
Angel, Haiwee, and Camaro each have a unique skill and his or her own set of troubles, and a powerful billionaire wants to attain a priceless and mysterious bottle. Of course, it couldn't be a simple grab and go. That wouldn't be fun. Only Healy manages to take the reader all around the world on a adrenaline-filled adventure that makes the story impossible to put down once you start it.
The tech is fun and inventive (monowheels, anyone?), the international settings jump off the page in their authenticity, and the action is staged so impeccably you'll wonder if your behind is parked in a movie theater seat. Of course, Healy does teach a workshop on the subject of writing action using cinematic techniques, and anyone who wants a crash course on how it's done should either go to one of his workshops or pick up this book. You won't regret it.
- Pariah's Moon
on Aug. 09, 2011
Pariah's Moon gives you all the best things about epic fantasy (elves, magic, wizards bows and arrows) and deftly weaves them with classic western themes (an exiled lone hero seeks redemption among an indigenous people in a faraway land). Fill it all in with Healy's excellent pacing and his gift for action-based writing, and you'll a tight, thrilling tale with a lot of heart.
- The Milkman: SuperSekrit Extra Cheesy Edition
on Aug. 25, 2011
I could review The Milkman based strictly on its story, which is funny, irreverent, fast-paced, and original as hell (a milkman with a katana battles sentient alien farts with the help of an intrepid young reporter and a group of genius bikers who moonlight as rocket scientists... yeah, really, it's that off the wall), but I'm here to talk about how this is the sort of ebook that I think everybody should buy now, because it gives you a taste of what I think we all can come to expect ebooks to do for us in years to come.
With the clever use of hyperlinks, Healy provides the reader with an enormous wealth of "bonus material," similar to what you'd see on a DVD. We have a commentary track. We have a soundtrack. There's even a "gag reel." Hilarious and original, it's the kind of book for people who love to know all the elements that go into writing a novel, the real-life locations or events that inspire settings or characters. The sorts of things that can turn a book into not only a light and fun read, but a total experience. You walk away with a great appreciation for the material. But even if you aren't into those kinds of things, the links aren't intrusive enough to interrupt the flow of the story. Click at will or don't, it's still a great story.
I should also say that given the limits of current ebook technology, it had to be a seriously time-consuming feat for Healy to put together. Since this really is the future of electronic reading as we know it, I look forward to the day when doing something like this becomes standard practice, because I would love to write and read all of my books this way.
What a fun experience this was. If you love going meta as much as I do, please check this out!
- Closing Shift
on Aug. 30, 2011
Holy moly. Let me first say, romance is not a genre I typically read, because I find it often laden with shallow schmaltz and the sort of on-the-nose predictability that makes the genre cliched and boring after awhile.
This is not the case with Closing Shift. Garriepy uses a very deft hand to weave a tight, believable, dark and sexy tale of loneliness. The way Garriepy captured the awkwardness of Elli, comparing her to a marionette in the arms of the stranger, was so well done, I still have the image running through my head. And by the end, I gave an audible groan, because I didn't want it to be the end. This is the sign of great writing, and I hope to see more from this author.
- Mon Petit Ami
on Oct. 05, 2011
Mon Petit Ami tells a dark, twisted, funny tale about a desperate housewife spiraling into madness. Or... is she? It's the sort of story that will make you laugh and squirm in all the right ways, and you might never look at your kids' toys the same way again.
- Sam, the Strawb Part
on Oct. 12, 2011
Super cute and imaginative story that put a smile on my face. Kids and grownups alike would certainly appreciate it. And all proceeds go to a good charity.
Would love to see this with accompanying illustrations someday.
- The Color of Ash
on May 24, 2012
This story reads like one of my worst nightmares. A girl whose very touch brings about true destruction. Like Rogue from the X-Men, but about a hundred times worse. Buildings collapse, oceans dissolve, friends disintegrate into bloody masses and then finally evaporate into dust.
The story seems well primed to become a series or even a full-length novel. Murakami is a talented writer, and I look forward to seeing what else she has up her sleeve.
- Sonoran Dreams: Three short stories from exile
on June 04, 2012
What a beautiful collection this is. Haunting tales. A certain loneliness and desolation permeates through them, much like the desert landscape itself. But unlike the desert, these stories are not dry. They are an oasis of lush and fertile pages, rich with vibrant characters and beautiful language. The first tale, "Desert Rain," is the only one of the three that could be considered a genre piece, and Grindstaff does an excellent job of painting a chilling horror story of a woman revisited yearly by a demon who is intent on marrying her. Only Cordelia doesn't intend to go quietly.
In "Desert Walk," we meet a man who has lost all his money, his house, and his wife. He takes a long trek through the desert as a way to redeem himself, and nearly loses his life. But it isn't so much the plot but the clever way that Grindstaff unfolds it through the use of juxtapositions in time and place that makes the story such a great read. It's a story that asks to consider what we might gain when we've lost everything.
And finally, in "Desert Nights," we learn why teenagers, alcohol, and guns are probably not such a good idea as a group of friends gathers for a late night party under at their favorite desert haunt under the power lines to mourn of one of their mates who died in an accident. What I appreciated most about this story was how very distinct the characters were. It's very hard to develop such a wide cast of people in a short story, but Grindstaff does it almost effortlessly.
Sonoran Dreams is the work of someone who knows exactly what he's doing, who paints beautiful pictures with the skill and ease of a seasoned artist. Pick this up and lose yourself among the saguaro for awhile. You'll be glad you did.