Welcome!

I'm John Allen, a horror, fantasy, science fiction and non-fiction author and writer. My articles and stories have appeared in many publications including: 

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You can find out more about me and my work throughout the site.  I also write for blogs, magazines and websites and have appeared as a speaker and facilitator at events and conferences including Nine Worlds, Bristol Con, and Capricon 41. Some of my favourite authors include Diana Wynne Jones, Naomi Alderman, Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Becky Chambers, Heide Goody, John Connolly, Nnedi Okorafor, Mike Carey, Paul Cornell, Iain Banks, Sue Townsend, and so many more. You can follow me on Twitter @TheOnlyJohnnyA and on my blog where I share writing tips, news, book releases and giveaways.  You can even sample my work using the friendly red buttons below.  In the meantime, enjoy the site and I look forward to geeking out with you in the future.

NEWS

'Systems Strike'

Short Sci-Fi Comedy published in Sci-Fi Lampoon

May 2021 - I was thrilled to see "Systems Strike" appear in the Winter 2021 edition of Sci-Fi Lampoon. You can purchase a copy of the book here.

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'Moving On'

Flash fiction published by 

101 Words.Org

August 2021 - It was great to see my flash story 'Moving On' published by 101 Words. Flash fiction is an often underrated and overlooked style. Flash fiction is hard to write; at least, I find it hard to write. You can read 'Moving On' here.

'By the Boiler's Hand'

Award nominated 

Sci-Fi Horror published by 

Dark Tales UK

Oct 2020 - After a long submissions journey, 'By the Boiler's Hand' found its first published home at Dark Tales UK. If you hurry, you can still read the story for free on their website before it is published in an anthology collection.

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'Dear Jess'

Love letter short story makes the

Val Wood Prize 2019 Final 10 Shortlist

Nov 2019 - I don't just read and write #SFF. I was cheerfully surprised to make the final 10 shortlist for my tragic romance love letter, 'Dear Jess'. Whoever says sci-fi and fantasy writers can't write outside of their genre has obviously never read any science fiction or fantasy.   

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'Thanks for Applying'

Short Sci-Fi Story wins an

 L. Ron Hubbard

Writers of the Future Honorable Mention Award.

April 2017 - I was delighted that my short story 'Thanks for Applying' was shortlisted and received an Honourable Mention in the L Ron Hubbard, 'Writers of the Future' quarterly competition. You can find out more about this competition and its alumni below. 

Reading the opening for 'Thanks For Applying' at the ABC Tales May 2017 event

Non-Fiction

'A must read for anyone looking for a gentle nudge out the door."

"This insightful guide on how to make the career change you've been considering for ages is witty and goes straight to the point without making you feel anything has been missed. I particularly like how the author uses relatable examples from his life to make you actually consider the idea of taking such a bold step."                   - 5 Star Amazon Review


I understand a fair bit about changing career having tried several different paths in my time. If you're stuck in a rut at work and don't know what to do about it, you might find something useful in this book.


What the readers say...

Highly Imaginative! Easy to work with and understood requirements from VERY basic input and great results!

Nick K - Website & Story Editor

Great book of short stories, I read them all in one sitting. All different but all gripping.

Amazon UK Reviewer

John, thank you for all your work this year - you certainly live up to everything you promise!

Sally Hall
CEO, Universal Fancy Dress

John wrote a brilliant and engaging story, and was happy to edit it until it was perfect!! John is really imaginative and adds great substance to the plot of a story!

Abdul Khalid
Story Editor & Blogger

I found this book at a time when I was considering a career change, but the thought of moving to a job where I would be making less money (though it would put me on a path to a dream career) seemed daunting. The author provided some easy exercises the reader can complete to get a clear idea of what they want to do in their career and manageable steps to take in pursuing it. I enjoyed the personal examples he provided and found the book to be very encouraging and well worth the read.

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