Columbus, Ohio: Antimatter Press, 2014; $15.95 tpb; 224 pages
Mike Allen, the editor of Mythic Delirium and author of the novel Black Fire Concerto, presents Unseaming, his first collection of fourteen stories. Included as the opening piece is the Nebula Award–nominated story, “The Button Bin,” an exercise in the use of the second-person narrative. I am usually not fond of second-person narratives—they always seem so forced—but Allen effectively builds tension by placing the protagonist in an untenable situation and then leaving him with no choice. Horror is achieved through the reader’s identification with a man forced to do battle with a monster and who in the process becomes a monster himself.