Clockwork Phoenix 2 – Mike Allen

Clockwork Phoenix #2 An anthology of speculative fiction edited by Mike Allen. I didn’t care much for the first Clockwork Phoenix. While some of the stories were good, others felt forced. Overall, they all sounded similar. This second collection is more varied, though few of the stories really stand out. There’s less ‘grotesque for the sake of grotesquerie’, but more pretentious and more experimental work. At least two of the stories were thoroughly irritating in…

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Clockwork Phoenix – Mike Allen

Clockwork Phoenix #1 An anthology of speculative fiction edited by Mike Allen. I’ve been seeing these anthologies for a while now, and been intrigued. [Full disclosure: I submitted several stories to later editions, and was soundly rejected.] So, when I saw them all for sale, I took a chance and bought them all. Win some, lose some. I expected to like these stories. There are lots of big names here – some I’ve read, some…

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