Hello and welcome! My name is Melanie Atherton Allen, and this is my blog/blaugh/website/thing.
I write fiction (mostly horror, mystery, and comedy).
On this site, you will find a few short stories. What you’ll mainly find, though, are my weird projects. For example, Artificial Artifacts are a big thing at Atherton’s Magic Vapour. We (and by “we,” what I mean is, “I”) think a lot of them here. They are fake ads, articles, wills, laundry bills (actually, we haven’t done that one yet), tables of contents, lists of illustrations, etc., all made by me to tell or suggest a story, or to amuse or frighten the reader.
You won’t find much about me here, because I kind of hate writing about myself. This should not be taken as a sign either of Becoming Modesty or Low Self-Esteem, as I assure you that neither of those are problems that I have. To be perfectly honest, I find that writing about myself is hard. Not, like, emotionally, or anything–more sort of grammatically, if you see what I mean. Still, there are a few things on here about me, and I will let you know when someone is going to publish one of my stories.
Why Is Your Blog Called Atherton’s Magic Vapour?
Good question, Jenkins! “Atherton’s Magic Vapour” is a chapter title in Richard Marsh’s The Beetle, a ridiculously extravagant work of Gothic Horror that I don’t exactly recommend. I mean, it really depends on how you feel about that sort of thing. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but – well, I would. The chapter title had a lot of appeal for me, because, as you may have deduced, I am slightly obsessed with my middle name. Anyway, it is now my blog.