Christopher Allen, Volcano Diver
Welcome to I Must Be Off! -- the expat, gluten-free, photo-literary travel(b)logue of writer Christopher Allen . . . so you'll know where my hands have been.

My fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in many places over the last few years. Links to these publications are at I Must Be Off! HERE. Go have a look. Many of these publications are in online journals, so they're free to read.

What I've been up to . . .

My debut collection of flash fiction, Other Household Toxins, is forthcoming from Matter Press. Keep an eye on I Must Be Off! for details, where you can purchase a copy, etc.

While I was away in December, my story "The Microbiology of Laiq" went live at Jellyfish Review and was also nominated for the Pushcart Prize anthology by the editor Christopher James (thank you!).

My story "What Strangers Do" is live at [PANK] with audio! This one is not appropriate for children.

I wish you all the best for the new year.

I must be off,


Christopher Allen's debut collection of flash fiction is forthcoming from Matter Press. Allen is also 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 [PANK], Indiana Review, Night Train, Quiddity, SmokeLong Quarterly: the Best of the First Ten Years anthology, and lots of other good places. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen is a multiple nominee for Best of the Net, the Pushcart Prize, storySouth's Million Writers award and others. In 2015 Allen was the recipient of the Ginosko Literary Journal's Flash Fiction Award. In 2017, Allen was both a finalist (as translator) and semifinalist for The Best Small Fictions. Originally from Tennessee, he now lives somewhere in Europe.     


  1. Hallo Christopher - gruesse von IKEA

    Peter und Sandra

    1. Hi, Peter and Sandra! So glad you found me. Hope to meet soon.

  2. Dear Christopher,
    Thought you'd like to know that I praise your piece from Apocrapha and Abstractions in my latest blog review.
    All my best,

    Michael A. Chaney
    Associate Professor
    Dartmouth College
    Vice Chair of the English Department
    Director, Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference

  3. Thank you, Michael! Very much appreciated.

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