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John Paul Allen

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in Dearborn, Michigan, The United States



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Born and raised in Michigan, the youngest of five boys, John Paul Allen is described as "Hard to nail down, hard to put down, John Paul Allen's words will envelop your senses and fill your mind with worlds and people too real not to believe." (William Cook - Blood Related). Coming to horror and writing later than most he has quickly become known for his knack of crossing lines in order to tell a story.

His published works include the novella Monkey Love, short story collection Dark Blessings, short stories Weeping Mary and House Guest.

Allen's novel Gifted Trust (originally published in 2002) was recently released as a major revised version and his short, Little Miss is part of the the Fresh Blood Old Bones anthology.

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House Guest

2.83 avg rating — 372 ratings — published 2007 — 4 editions
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Dark Blessings: A Collection

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Monkey Love

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Gifted Trust

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Weeping Mary

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Gifted Trust-The Prelude

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Description: Back around 2003 my first novel (first anything) was released. After that I learned to write and though many seem to like the original I became unhappy with it. I knew I could have done better and Biting Dog Press will be allowing me to do just that. So - I cut 20K words, added some new stuff (including what I'm sharing here) and when the pub is ready it will be released again. Warning: I cross some lines here, folks. That's my way of saying it might not be appropriate for you whether you're a minor or not. If you're in that group, I suggest not reading. The rest of you enjoy and thanks.
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message 36: by John

John Allen We do what we must to reel in readers, which includes all the promo messages you must put up with. BUY ME - READ ME - LOVE ME! Trust me that writers get tired of it too, but we have publishers to please. That said - I'll make this short ...

Biting Dog Publications has lowered the price of my short story collection, Dark Blessings, to 99 cents. This is suppose to be a limited time offer, but sales have jacked up and I'm going to try to convince them to keep it down. It won't be in my hands.

Anyway - if you have time ... click the link ... read the reviews ... and if the desire strikes buy it. Oh and let me know what you think.Dark Blessings: A Collection

message 35: by John

John Allen This morning I read The Street King by R.K. Lewis. It's a free short story available to Kindle readers. Check it out - fun story.

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John Allen Biting Dog Publications has released Gifted Trust: The Prelude - a free taste of my novel, Gifted Trust-Revised Edition . So if you have time, check it out.

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John Allen Check out my Amazon Writer Page

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John Allen Started the Fresh Blood Old Bones anthology yesterday with a guest blog at Andi's Book Reviews and a second post at The Cerebral Writer today. Check them out when you get a chance.

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John Allen Samra wrote: "Has it really been that long since Gifted Trust? i remember being on Myspace and being quite younger when i read it. maybe you sent it in 03 or 04? well im almost 28 and i still like it. great to b..."

I know it's hard to believe. GT was originally released in 2003. After Pam passed away I reread it and decided changes were needed. Biting Dog Pubs quickly said go for it, but it took a while to get it done.

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John Allen Seventeen wonderful works by seventeen great writers and I'm a bonus with damn good story (yeah I said that). Put together by Biting Dog Publications and horror child Kasey Lansdale who gathered us together to bring you something special.

The lineup: The Cemetery Caretaker by Juan Perez, NightBeat by Neal Barrett Jr, Smuggling Carrion into Kingdom Come by Tim Bryant, Sacrifice Lambs by Sherri White, Liminality by Del Howison, Cellar by Monica J. O'Rourke, Jimmy and Me and the Nigger Man by Scott Cupp, The Exorcist's Best Friend by Reid Kerr, Medusa by Chris N. Brown, Doug by Sara Brooke, Crocodile Rock by Rhonda Eudaly, Seven Devils by Nancy Collins, Last of the Soul Eaters by Folly Blaine, The Lizzard Men of Blood River by Stephen Mertz, If Mamma Ain't Happy by Sam W. Anderson, Something Inside by John Everson, The Folding Man by Joe R. Lansdale and Little Miss by John Paul Allen (that's me)!

Click the link, check it out, and download some pretty damn good reading.

Fresh Blood Old Bones

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Samra Has it really been that long since Gifted Trust? i remember being on Myspace and being quite younger when i read it. maybe you sent it in 03 or 04? well im almost 28 and i still like it. great to be buddies with you :D

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John Allen Nine years ago I wrote a book, lost my job because of it, was questioned by the local police, and received emails threatening my family and myself. Six years ago I decided there was a better story to tell - tighter writing - extra chapters - now an ebook - read the first five chapters. Click the link!

Gifted Trust-Revised Edition

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John Allen I'd like to invite everyone to visit my blog Semi-Complete Unknown

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John Allen My short story collection Dark Blessings just received its 14th five-star review.

Note: No reviewer is a relative nor did he/she receive compensation.

Check it out!

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John Allen I have 666 friends. What does that tell you?

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John Allen Just downloaded Sara Brooke's Still Lake - looks like good weekend reading.

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John Allen Ive started a blog: Semi-Complete Unknown If I get 100 followers I will tell the Italian Hooker story. Check it out and leave your footprints.

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John Allen Hey I'm at 480 friends on here (32 a year ago). Surely, you people have better places to hang out. :)

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John Allen FREE on Amazon for Kindles - House Guest:

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John Allen Check out my Facebook note, if you have time:

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John Allen From Biting Dog Press:

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John Allen Hope all of you are having a great (and long) weekend. We're staying home and I've been splitting time between yard work and a final read through of a greatly revised version of my novel, Gifted Trust. I was hoping to finish by tomorrow, but now ... I don't know.

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John Allen It appears that when the economy sucks - the first thing to go is Monkey Love

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John Allen The Indie Journey by Scott Nicholson - recommend it to all of us who have a story to tell.

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John Allen From Biting Dog Press:

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John Allen A damn good story, for less than 2 bucks:

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John Allen Monkey Love on Amazon:

House Guest on Amazon:

Monkey Love on Barnes and Noble (NOOK):

Monkey Love in: Online Reading (HTML or JavaScript), Epub (Stanza reader and others), PDF (good for highly formatted books, or for home printing), RTF (readable on most word processors), LRF (Sony Reader), Palm Doc PDB (for Palm reading devices) Plain Text (download - flexible, but lacks much formatting) Plain Text (view - viewable as web page):

House Guest in: Online Reading (HTML or JavaScript), Epub (Stanza reader and others), PDF (good for highly formatted books, or for home printing), RTF (readable on most word processors), LRF (Sony Reader), Palm Doc PDB (for Palm reading devices) Plain Text (download - flexible, but lacks much formatting) Plain Text (view - viewable as web page):

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John Allen My short story House Guest is finally available as a Kindle on Amazon. Check it out and if you read it already I'd love some reviews:

Leonardo Ramirez Hey John,

Thanks so much for the kind invite. Chat soon!


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John Allen Check out what people are saying about Monkey Love at:

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John Allen Woo Hoo! I need 2 more people to download House Guest (it's free) to hit 400 readers! Go to:

Thanks to all.


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John Allen 18 more give aways to 400 ... of course then we aim for 500. Get it ... tell your friends to get it ... either way, check the closets. Did I mention it's free?

House Guest a FREE ebook at:

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John Allen You might eventually notice that I don't give bad reviews. Does this mean I like everything I read? No, it means if I mention it here I liked something (or a lot of somethings) about it. The way I see it, let someone else slam a writer. I know how hard it is to create a story and I'm only here to lift up what I like - the stuff I finish. :)

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John Allen Monkey Love is available at B&

I could also use some reviews, if anyone has the time :)

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John Allen If you have a library card and happen to live near the following location, you can check out a copy of my novel, Gifted Trust. For the rest of you, it'll be released in a new and improved version later this year:

US Libraries ...

Alabama -

Birmingham-Jefferson Public Library in Birmingham
Lauderdale County Regional Libarary in Florence

Alaska -

Anchorage Public Library in Anchorage

Arizona -

Chandler Public Library in Chandler
Peoria Pulic Library in Peoria
Show Low Public Library in Show Low

California -

Berkeley Public Library in Berkeley
Blanchard Community Library in Santa Paula
Contra Costa County Library in Pleasant Hill
Escondido Public Library in Escondido
Long Beach Public Library in Long Beach
Los Angeles Public Library in Los Angeles
Palos Verdes Public Library in Rolling Hills
Sacramento Public Library in Sacramento
San Diego Public Library in San Diego
Santa Clara City Library in Santa Clara
Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library in Stockton
Torrance Public Library in Torrance
Whittier Public Library in Whittier

Colorado -

Boulder Public Library in Boulder
Pueblo City County Library District in Pueblo

Florida -

Broward County Library in Fort Lauderdale
Indian River County Library in Vero Beach
Lake Wales Public Library in Lake Wales
Lee County Library System in Ft. Myers
Leroy Collins Leon County Public Library in Tallassee
Palm Beach County Library System in West Palm Beach
Sarasota County Library System in Sarasota
Seminole County Public Library System in Casselberry
Taylor County Public Library in Perry
Volusia County Public Library in Daytona Beach

Georgia -

Athens-Clarke County Library in Athens
Chattahoochee Valley Libraries in Columbus

Idaho -

Ada Community Library in Boise

Illinois -

Aurora Public Library in Aurora
Berwyn Public Library in Berwyn
Carol Stream Public Library in Carol Stream
Des Plaines Public Library in Des Plaines
Downers Grove Public Library in Downers Grove
Glenside Public Library District in Glendale Heights
Glenview Public Library in Glenview
Orland Park Public Library in Orland Park
Woodstock Public Library in Woodstock

Indiana -

Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne
Bartholomew County Public Library - Columbus
Lake County Public Library in Merrillville
New Castle-Henry County Public Library in New Castle

Iowa -

Hiawatha Public Library in Hiawatha

Kansas -

Ottawa Library in Ottawa
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library in Topeka

Kentucky -

Daviess County Public Library in Owensboro
Lexington Public Library in Lexington
Marshall County Public Library in Benton

Massachusetts -

Minuteman Library Network in Natick

Michigan -

Lakeland Library Cooperative in Grand Rapids
Suburban Library Cooperative in Sterling Heights

Minnesota -

Carver County Library System in Chaska
Hennepin County Library in Minnetonka

Mississippi -

Lamar County Library System in Purvis
Northside Branch Library in Jackson

Missouri -

Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence
Saint Louis County Library in St. Louis

Nebraska -

Lincoln City Library in Lincoln

New York -

Buffalo & Erie Public Library in Buffalo
Pioneer Library System in Canandaigua
Rochester Public Library in Rochester
Suffolk Cooperative Library System in Bellport

North Carolina -

Appalachian Regional Library in Boone
Forsyth County Public Library in Winston-Salem

Ohio -

Cleveland Public Library in Cleveland
Columbus Metropolitan Library in Columbus
Stark County District Library in Canton
Worthington Public Library in Worthington

Oklahoma -

Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library in Oklahoma City

Oregon -

Eugene Public Library in Eugene
Libraries in Clackamas County in Oak Grove
Multnomah County Library System in Portland
Salem Public Library in Salem

Pennsylvania -

Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster

South Carolina -

Richland County Public Library in Columbia

Texas -

Amarillo Public Library in Amarillo
Harris County Public Library in Houston
Houston Public Library in Houston
Pasadena Public Library in Pasadena

Utah -

Salt Lake City County Library in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City Public Library in Salt Lake City

Virginia -

Alexandria Library in Alexandria
Arlington County Department of Library in Arlington
Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg
Eastern Shore Public Library in Accomac
Henrico County Public Library in Richmond

Washington -

Fort Vancouver Regional Library District in Vancouver
Kitsap Regional Library in Bremerton
Spokane County Library District in Spokane
Timberland Regional Library in Tumwater

Wisconsin -

La Crosse Public Library in La Crosse
NOrtheast Wisconsin Public Libraries (InfoSoup) in Appleton
West Bend Community Memorial Library in West Bend
Waupun Public Library in Waupun
Winnefox Library System in Oshkosh

Canada ...

Alberta -

Edmonton Public Library in Edmonton

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John Allen 301 free copies of House Guest downloaded - aiming at 400. I be pimpin'! Check it out at:

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Aloha Hi, John. Thank you for the friending. I'm looking forward to reading House Guest once I complete my current read. I hope you enjoy the horror community here. I do.

Ana Luisa Hi John, thanks for the friendship here in Goodreads. I ordered your book Gifted Trust, can't wait to read it.

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