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

What I've been up to . . .

My debut collection of flash fiction, Other Household Toxins (Matter Press) is available HERE! If you buy it on Amazon, please leave a review (doesn't have to be positive, just whatever you think). Read a review at Necessary Fiction by John Riley HERE.

I have new stories published or forthcoming in The Best Small Fictons 2019, Split Lip Magazine, Longleaf Review, New Flash Fiction Review, Lunch Ticket, and the UK's National Flash Fiction Anthology, Ripening.

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

I must be off,


Christopher Allen is the author of the flash fiction collection Other Household Toxins (Matter Press) and 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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