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The Spider Tapestries: Seven Strange Stories by [Allen, Mike]
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“Mike Allen will infect your subconscious with hallucinatory and alarming delight. This book is a must-read for fans of weird fiction and dark fantasy.”
—Helen Marshall, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Gifts for the One who Comes After

“Surrender yourself to The Spider Tapestries and let these tales rewire your mind.” —Scott Nicolay, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Do You Like to Look at Monsters?

The Spider Tapestries, Mike Allen’s sophomore short story collection, takes a wrecking ball to genre boundaries, showcasing seven stories that mix transhuman noir, Lovecraftian horror, and surrealistic sorcery in an exploration of the further reaches of the Weird. Readers who savored the disorienting strangeness in Allen’s debut collection Unseaming, a Shirley Jackson Award finalist and horror fiction bestseller, will find The Spider Tapestries begins where Unseaming left off.

As Nicole Kornher-Stace, author of Archivist Wasp, explains in her introduction, “Allen outdoes himself even further, borrowing and synthesizing across genres with gleeful abandon....This results in stories like ‘Twa Sisters,’ with an atmosphere and setting as if Heironymous Bosch had been brought in as a consultant on Blade Runner. Or ‘Sleepless, Burning Life,’ which, with simultaneous nods to steampunk and metaphysics, explores and upends the familiar trope of Mortal Chosen by the Gods.”

More praise for The Spider Tapestries
“Readers, be warned: Mike Allen will infect your subconscious with hallucinatory and alarming delight. This book is a must-read for fans of weird fiction and dark fantasy.”
­—Helen Marshall, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Gifts for the One Who Comes After

“The aptly named Spider Tapestries forms a stunning picture that is equal parts darkness and light . . . a whirlwind tour through worlds of decadent fantasy, noir-touched future-weird, and elegant horror. Mike Allen offers up intricate mythologies that feel real and lived in, rich-detailed stories for readers to immerse themselves in, and from which they will emerge changed. The stories feel epic in scope, from an assassin climbing through the clockwork gears of the world to rescue a goddess in a cage, to an AI moving through bodies and networks to gather up and reassemble the pieces of his lost love. Allen takes readers on a journey through years and worlds, all in the space of a few pages.”
—A.C. Wise, author of The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again

“There was a time before the marketplace sliced our wild fantastic literature into bite sized chunks, a time when visions could be astounding, amazing, and weird all at once, a time when Clark Ashton Smith could mainline a Thousand and One Nights into million-colored suns. Now comes Mike Allen, shredding raw that scar-woven shroud between then, now, and infinity, releasing hallucinatory torrents of jewel-encrusted erotic transhumanism with the intensity of a quasar and stripping bare the secret wheels and cogs of the universe beside those lovers who would destroy them.”
—Scott Nicolay, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Do You Like to Look at Monsters?

“Mike Allen, among the most dynamic of contemporary fantasists, habitually upends Lovecraftian tropes with his own brand of cosmic horror.”
—Laird Barron, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of X’s for Eyes

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  • File Size: 2868 KB
  • Print Length: 137 pages
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  • Publisher: Mythic Delirium Books (1 March 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018O4TT78
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fearless, gripping writing 17 June 2016
By Jessi Bee - Published on
This is the second collection of short stories I've read of Mike's (the first being the fabulous Unseaming. I honestly wasn't sure that he could top my love of the stories in his first collection.

Not only did he exceed my expectations, he blew them out of the water. "The Spider Tapestries" is a collection of take no prisoners stories that will take you right to the edge of the cliff and then guide you gently over. I love when writers take chances with their work and their art, and Mike takes a lot of chances here. And they pay off spectacularly.

I have two favorite stories in this collection, as they have stayed with me long after I read them. I promise, only mild spoilers ahead.

The first tale, "Sleepless, Burning Light" explores what happens when the mortal world and the divine not only connect but fall in love. It's the intersection between omniscience and the so limited viewpoint - and it's as sexy as it is terrifying.

The second tale that has stayed with me is "Twa Sisters." Allen dives in head-first to the type of body and technical modifications we may see in our lifetime, and explores the boundaries of consciousness. What does it mean to be human, to be alive, to be oneself? This story also explores gender neutral pronouns in a world where binary genders are no longer necessary. It's a heist - and a love story.

Pick this book up ASAP. It's a wonderful read.
5.0 out of 5 stars MIND BLOWING 23 November 2016
By Joe Vasiloff - Published on
These stories truly frightened me. They are artistic and thought-provoking. They are written with an artistic finesse. I appreciate so much what the author has accomplished. I will recommend this to all of my friends.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctor ordered! 15 March 2016
By Taig - Published on
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This is the second collection of short fiction from Mike Allen and--as with his first collection, Unseaming--The Spider Tapestries just plain rocks!

I've been searching for and reading scary stuff since I was a wee fourth grader and first had access to the school library and I've wallowed in just about everything out there for about 50 years now. I also have widely eclectic tastes and so I enjoy all stripes of horror and creepy stuff. And, while I do like some types better than others, I really do enjoy any well-written tale.

I first came upon Mike Allen's exceptional writing when I stumbled upon the aforementioned Unseaming some months ago. I was absolutely delighted and blown away by that collection and really felt like I'd discovered true horror nirvana. Naturally, I sought out Mike's other work (he's edited an enormous amount of great weird fiction) but I was after the real McCoy--Mike Allen's signature creepiness--and so I've waited eagerly for The Spider Tapestries since I discovered it was forthcoming.

And now it's here. And how is it? Heh heh, in a word: it's freaking awesome! (Okay two words.) I'm not sure I can say it any better than I did after finishing Unseaming in my review here at Amazon: "Allen's fertile and finely-honed imagination is simply beyond anything I've ever come across and it defies categorization. Call it horror, weird, disturbing, frightening--whatever; the stories in this superb collection are all of these, but so much more too. They've gotten under the layers of my subconscious and nestled there so that long after the initial impact of them dissipates, they make themselves known over and over again in subtle, yet profound, ways for a long time after...What a marvel, what a nasty treasure of creepiness! Wow. After I finished it I just sat there and pondered and ruminated, went back and reread it, shared particularly creepy bits with my boys, and then sat there and chewed my mental cud some more."

The Spider Tapestries is every bit as marvelous as its predecessor and just as delectable. And at the risk of sounding like a fanboy (which I guess I am), I'm delighted and relieved that Mike shows no sign of slowing down and that the particular form of madness which allows him to see the world the way he does and then to put it down into words so sweet and creepy shows no signs of abating.

So the long and short of it is that if you find yourself bored with life or feeling trapped in the mundane then I have just the prescription for you! Read any one of Mike Allen's wicked short stories and see if you don't feel that everything feels suddenly just a little stranger, a little less grounded and a lot more terrifying. You'll be as right as rain and ready to take on the world again!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly magnificent collection--The Spider Tapestries goes from mythopoeia to ... 4 March 2016
By Chris Hickey - Published on
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A truly magnificent collection--The Spider Tapestries goes from mythopoeia to transhumanism and back, sometimes in the same story. Well worth your time.