The Best is Yet to Come, the New Short Story Collection by John F. Allen Cover Reveal!


Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the new cover art by Enggar Adirasa for the new short story collection The Best is Yet to Come by John F. Allen! A Kindle pre-order window is now open, so reserve a copy today! The Best Is Yet to Come will be available in print and eBook formats on October 17th!

Pre-order the Kindle Version at the link below!

Kindle Pre-order Link for The Best Is Yet to Come

Synopsis of The Best Is Yet to Come:

Featuring ten stories collected for the first time ever, The Best Is Yet to Come, presents nine years of creativity spun from the mind of John F. Allen. Action and adventure are ever present in these stories, but be prepared for some drama, horror, fantasy and science fiction as well.

This volume includes a holiday story, “An Ivory Christmas,” featuring Ivory Blaque, Allen’s bold heroine from his acclaimed urban fantasy series The God Killers, and the center of his literary universe, The Ivoryverse.

Also included are:

“Forest of Shadows” the debut of a fabled, ancient warrior named, Jaziri, Prince of Kimbogo Province.

You may want to think twice before venturing out into the dark woods of rural Indiana in “The Legend of Matchemonedo.”

A young, set assistant of a 50’s science fiction serial gets to embark on the journey of a lifetime in “The Adventures of Star Blazer.”

A young woman in late 1970’s Indianapolis, learns to be careful what you wish for in “HoodRatz.”

When a woman struggles to care for her ailing father, she discovers the truth behind her troubled past in “The Sweetest Autumn.”

Long ago, a noble samurai finds forbidden love with a beautiful, ebony skinned princess in “The African Princess.”

A mysterious, military operative is sent on a covert mission in Egypt, when he encounters an alien monster bent on revenge in “Lazarus.”

Forty years ago, a young boy discovers that family means everything in “The Chocolate Malt.”

The Best is Yet to Come also features the special bonus short story, “Witch Way is Up.”

Explore the words of John F. Allen today!


Greetings, Salutations and Warm Welcomes!

This year will mark my 7th consecutive year as a vendor at the InConJunction Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention!  This convention holds a special place in my heart because it’s where, as an author, I “cut my teeth,” as it were. I promoted my very first novel, appeared and moderated my first panel as an author here and was welcomed with open arms. I met quite a few authors I admired, and developed long lasting friendships along the way. The people who run this convention are amongst the most loyal and dedicated group I’ve encountered yet, on my writer’s journey. Please plan to attend and visit me there!


WHERE: Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 E 21st St, Indianapolis, IN 46219, just off Shadeland Avenue.

WHEN: Fri, July 5th – Sun July 7th

Visit the website for details at this link!

John F. Allen to attend Imaginarium 2018


Greetings All!

This coming weekend I will be attending Imaginarium 2018.

And though my books will be available at the Seventh Star Press table, I’ll be more mobile. Unlike Imaginariums of the past, I intend on focusing the majority of my time attending workshops/panels and participating in panels of my own. But, FEAR NOT TRUE BELIEVERS, I’ll still visit the Dealer Room, but this year I want to participate more.

Imaginarium has become a great convention for networking and learning more about craft. It’s also a venue for veteran author friends to come together in a safe and friendly environment to mentor new and up and coming writers.

So, if you’re olanning to attend Imaginarium 2018, check out the panels I’m scheduled to sit on and of course stop by the Seventh Star Press booth and pick up a copy of my work.


Fri, 5:30 pm in the Derby Room.
Defining Urban Fantasy Today –
 The definition of urban fantasy has evolved and broadened over the years, and this panel will discuss where that definition is today.  The panel will explore the elements of urban fantasy for those interested in writing in the genre. Fri 5:30pm in room Derby. Panelist inlcude: (Mod- Megan McIntosh) John F. Allen, S.C.Houff, Michael Williams, Nathan Day, Carma Haley Shoemaker

Fri, 8:00 pm in the Derby Room.
Superheroes and Villains in Writing –
Our panelists will discuss the elements needed for writing compelling superheroes and villains for today. Fri 8pm in room Derby. Panelist include: (Mod- Dan Jolley) Eric Moser, John F. Allen, Michele Lee, Tim Waggoner, Victoria Escobar

Sat, 5:45 pm in the Appalachian Room.
Marvel Vs. DC – A Face Off! – A fun “showdown” panel where our panelists (and audience) can debate and compare the worlds of Marvel and DC!
Panelist include: (Mod- Tony Acree) Leah Pugh, Sara Marian, John F. Allen, Brian Hatcher, R.J. Sullivan, Brandon Aten



It’s March.
We’re already into the 3rd month of 2018 and you may find it odd that I’m talking about resolutions.
I’m not referring to the hollow New Year’s traditions which most people make with earnest intentions, but usually fall short and say, “Well, there’s always next year!” No, I’m talking about PERSONAL RENEWAL. It’s about real, attainable and determined change.
It’s taken me years to come to this point in the road of my journey and I can’t afford to turn back, backslide or waste another moment or squander any opportunities I’ve been blessed with. At nearly a half century in age, time is of the essence.

So, starting yesterday, almost a week before you’re reading this, I came to recognize that there will be some extensive changes in what I do and how I do it.
This not only applies to my writing career, but also to every facet of my life. In fact, the changes started much earlier, but I am now starting to take stock of them regarding my writing.
To my loyal readers, expect more from me, expect better from me and expect more of me.
To those who may be joining me at this point in my journey…stay tuned, TBIYTC (The Best Is Yet To Come)!!!


Hey everyone BIG NEWS! Last year I authored the novella length, novelization of Submerge: Echo 51, a Science Fiction film by Demetrius Witherspoon. The novella debuted on October 6, 2017 at the Imaginarium Convention sponsored by Seventh Star Press, and is now available on Amazon or through me by direct mail.
To those who live in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas, on Saturday November 18, 2017, I will be featured at a book signing, movie screening and Director/Cast Q&A for the Submerge: Echo 51 film & novelization (see below for details).

Location: The Box – Media Production Space
1413 E Riverside Dr.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Who: Meet Submerge Echo 51 Director Demetrius LaSean Witherspoon, Novelization Author John F. Allen, Actress Grace Carlton, Paisley Blackburn, Amy Thompson, Actor Brad Clark, Makeup Artist/ Submerge 51 Model Rachel Madison, Submerge Concept/ Book Cover Artist Bart Willard
Time: 2pm-4pm

2pm – Book Signing and Photographs with Actors in full Costume

4pm – Showing of the film: Submerge: Echo 51 and Q&A

Check it out on:

#getsubmerged #submergeecho51 #scifibooksigning

Free your schedule, mark this day on your calendars!
Remember, TBIYTC!!!


I’m proud and honored to have been chosen by award winning filmmaker, Demetrius Witherspoon, to pen the novelization of his upcoming Sci-Fi film, Submerge: Echo 51! This is a humbling opportunity to work with a talented writer/director of Mr. Witherspoon’s caliber. I’m thrilled to have been selected for this project and I can’t wait to get started. I believe in Mr. Witherspoon’s vision and I’m assured that Science Fiction fans will enjoy his film and the novelization I produce. Witherspoon said, “I look forward to working with John and having his talent added to the Submerge: Echo 51 project.”


Demetrius Witherspoon is an Indianapolis based, Award Winning filmmaker, having received the February 2016, Best International Dramatic Music Video Award from Wendy’s Shorts Awards, was featured in NUVO Magazine where his film, Submerge: Ni’Re Reborn was named Best of Indy Indie,  January 27, 2016. Witherspoon has also directed other films, music videos and commercials.





InConJunction XXXVI

2016 will be my third consecutive year as a vendor at one of my favorite science fiction conventions, InConJunction! I’m extremely hyped about this event and you should be too!

I’ll be there with my fellow authors and Speculative Fiction Guild members, talking SF, Fantasy and all things speculative fiction. We’ll be having a FUNKY GOOD TIME!!!

John F. Allen

Sharing table space with me will be: R.J. Sullivan E. Chris Garrison, Matthew Barron, and convention newbie, Maurice McKeirnan.

My titles and price list:

The God Killers $15
Codename: Knight Ranger $5
Codename: Knight Ranger Book II: The God Particle Conspiracy $5


Plus, special pricing on multi-title purchases.

Of course I’ll be signing the books and giving out FREE handshakes and fistbumps, you know how I do!

So be sure to come on out to the Marriott on the east side of Indianapolis, 21st and Shadeland Avenue to be exact. Admission is FREE to the public for the vending room ONLY!  To attend programming, there is an admission fee. I hope to see you there.

Click here to go to the official InConJunction Website!


Coming Spring 2016 from Hydra Publications:

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An anthology  featuring my short story, “The Adventures of Star Blazer” and stories by AMAZING authors such as: Brad R. Torgersen, Marianne J. Dyson, Bud Sparhawk and others, edited by Science Fiction legend, Dave Creek!.

Order from Amazon/Kindle,  Barnes and Noble/Nook, from the publisher or order signed copies directly from me!



What’s up everyone! This weekend, I will be selling and signing my books in Madison, Indiana. The 6th Annual Author’s Fair hosted by That Book Place is the place to be. I’ve been attending since year 2 and have been selling as a published author since year 3. Despite the fact that the store is no more, the event continues on.

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Click here to join the Facebook event. I will be there Saturday only.

This event has experienced growth with each passing year, with this year hopefully setting attendance records! Food vending (cash only) will be available onsite for authors and guests. Credit card payments will be accepted for author’s books, and they will be offered at a discount from regular price. The event is free to the public and with an indoors venue, despite the weather, there’s every reason to check it out.

I will be there Saturday 10 am- 6 pm only. However, the event continues through Sunday.R.J. Sullivan and I will be on the scene as co-hosts of  The Two Towers Talk Show doing short interviews with authors whenever possible.

I’ll be either at my table or chillaxin’ with the crowds, while selling and signing copies of my books: The God Killers, Codename: Knight Ranger and The God Particle Conspiracy: A Knight Ranger Novella.

So be sure to show up and take part in the fun! You can see my pics from previous years by clicking here.