The Quiltmaker by Mike Allen

The Quiltmaker by Mike Allen

A handbound, limited and numbered edition of 18 from Papaveria Press: The Quiltmaker, a short story by Mike Allen.

A quiet neighborhood seething with hidden sins.

A troubled son returned, consumed by an evil beyond human ken.

That will seek what his neighbors keep concealed, not just behind their doors, but inside their skins.

A force that will peel them open, and stitch them all together again.

This book is case bound with a black leather spine, printed paper cover, and black endbands. The endleaves are black and gold embossed paper in a quilted pattern, which carries over to the front and back to frame the print of Paula Arwen Owen’s illustration for the story. The book measures approximately 11cm (4.5 inches) wide by 14cm (5.5 inches) high.

The Quiltmaker

“The Quiltmaker” was first published in Mike Allen’s short story collection, Unseaming (Antimatter Press, 2014), a Shirley Jackson Award finalist, and is the sequel to his Nebula-nominated short story, “The Button Bin”.

“Allen’s stories deliver solid shivering terror tinged with melancholy sorrow over the fragility of humankind.” –Publishers Weekly

“A very original voice working at the top of his game.”–Locus

“Allen leaves readers with nerves jangling.”–Library Journal

“One of the most original practitioners of the body horror subgenre since Clive Barker’s Books of Blood.” –Rue Morgue

About the author:

On weekdays, Mike Allen writes the arts column for the daily newspaper in Roanoke, Va. Most of the rest of his time he devotes to writing, editing, and publishing. His first novel, a dark fantasy called The Black Fire Concerto, appeared in 2013, and he’s written a sequel, The Ghoulmaker’s Aria, that’s in the revision stage.

He raised more than $10,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to revive his anthology series dedicated to boundary-blurring work, Clockwork Phoenix. That Kickstarter funded Clockwork Phoenix 4, released in 2013 to much critical acclaim. He also edits and publishes Mythic Delirium, which began in 1998 as a poetry journal; a second Kickstarter campaign in 2013 rebooted it as a digital publication for poetry and fiction. 2014 saw the release the release of his sixth poetry collection, Hungry Constellations; his eighth anthology, Mythic Delirium, assembled from the pages of his magazine; and his first collection of short fiction, Unseaming, from which “The Quiltmaker” is drawn.

He receives a ton of help with all these projects from his wife, artist and horticulturalist Anita Allen. Their pets, Loki (canine) and Persephone and Pandora (feline) provide distractions. You can follow Mike’s exploits as a writer at, as an editor at, and all at once on Twitter at @mythicdelirium.

About the cover artist:

Paula Arwen Owen (formerly Paula Friedlander) is a native of Brooklyn, NY, now living upstate. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, with years of experience in Freelance Illustration, Graphic and Textile Design.

Her unique illustration style is created with hand cut paper silhouettes, collage, ink, and digital art. She is fascinated with the opposition of darkness and light, and the contrast of simple silhouettes against rich colors and textures. She is inspired by her surroundings, from the urban world to the natural beauty of the countryside. The subjects of her work range from serene fantasy and nature to dark, gothic themes, often inspired by stories, dreams, myths and legends.

Visit her website, Arwen Designs, or her Etsy shop for more examples of her work.

Innocence of Place by Paula Arwen Owen
Innocence of Place by Paula Arwen Owen. Illustration for Strange Horizons Magazine.