Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Juked! Juked! Juked!

Hey, adorable IMBO readers! I have a new story in Juked today. You can read it online. Free. Totally free. Juked is such a great journal. Thank you so much to Ryan Ridge, Ashley Farmer and everyone else at Juked for giving "The Air Between Us" an incredible home!

This story all started with the oak tree in my back yard. Almost all of my story ideas come to me while I'm mowing the lawn. My neighbor hated my tree. The wind always blew (tons of) leaves into his yard. It still does, but the neighbor has sadly left this earth--he was a nice man actually. The real tree survives and thrives unlike the one in the story. Of course the neighbor has nothing to do with the story, but I hope you enjoy--or maybe feel unnerved, unsettled, maybe even deeply troubled by--it anyway. When my mother read it, the only thing she said was "Wow, that was intense." I'll take it!

The Air Between Us


Christopher Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O'Type (a Satire), an episodic adult cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allen's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Juked, Eclectica Magazine's 20th-Anniversary Speculative anthology, Indiana Review, Night Train, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and over a hundred other great places. Read his book reviews in [PANK], Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, The Lit Pub, and others. His creative non-fiction has appeared in Connotation Press, Bootsnall Travel, and lots of other fine places. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net, the storySouth Million Writers Award, and the Pushcart Prize. He is the 2015 recipient of Ginosko Literary Journal's award for flash fiction and in 2016 took third place in the K. Margaret Grossman fiction award given by Literal Latté. Allen is the managing editor of SmokeLong Quarterly.