B. Morris Allen

about Chambers of the Heart

What readers, reviewers, and critics are saying about my latest collection of stories, Chambers of the Heart.

“Throughout this collection, Allen adroitly employs a combination of whimsy and wide-ranging imagination, filling his tales with both bite and heart. … these stories squarely into the literary lineage of James Tiptree and Algis Budrys, the territory where mythmaking and SF intersect. … Often these narrative strengths combine in remarkably effective stories… A marvelously varied and heart-tugging collection of tales.”
Kirkus Reviews, RECOMMENDED

“… explores our natural world and the surreal in surprising ways. … all [stories] are unsettling, joyous, or fantastical. … Each story is a marvel that regards the simple and the grand in beautiful, haunting fashion. … Allen is highly imaginative, engaging his audience into the otherworldly, and one never knows where the stories lead to or quite what to expect.”
Dylan Ward, US Review of Books, RECOMMENDED

“… the writing really felt lyrical in its approach to the story, and each story’s featured characters were the chorus of the symphony of emotions that the author subtly delved into, creating a truly moving collection of speculative fiction. … Hauntingly beautiful, engaging, and thoughtful in its approach, author B. Morris Allen’s Chambers of the Heart: speculative stories is a must-read short story collection of 2022. Thought-provoking narratives which challenge the readers understanding of reality and the emotional character traits to keep the reader invested in each story make this a one-of-a-kind collection that comes along once in a great while.
Jack Chambers, Pacific Book Review, STARRED

An accomplished speculative fiction collection.
BookLife, EDITOR’S PICK

Poignant, heartfelt, and beautifully crafted, Chambers of the Heart is an amazing collection of magical and thought-provoking speculative short-stories worthy of savoring and re-reading. … What I loved most about this book was it’s multi-layered elements of meaning and how they intertwined with emotions … To successfully incorporate such meaningful depth to the reader in abstract storytelling such as this…. is nothing short of genius. … Every story in this book is equally memorable. … I think this book would spark many conversations among readers and would make a great selection for book group discussions.”
BookeryBliss

“Some stories are lyrical and beautiful and others gave me Edgar Allen Poe vibes. I adored the diversity throughout the stories and they’re all very quick to read.”
Danae, Goodreads

“One of the most unusual and inspiring books I have ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed Chambers of the Heart. Author B. Morris Allen has an especially unusual and descriptive writing style. The array of earthly and alien characters carries each story forward with beautifully written dialogue. … Chambers of the Heart is a book for everyone.
Natalie Soine, Readers’ Favorite

“[T]he author has hit every emotion and done so in such a unique way that I felt as if some stories were pure, factual, truth. … [A] visual, beautiful, heartfelt book that makes you think. … These stories are powerful and extremely memorable.”
Amy Lignor, Reader Views

beautifully nuanced … unique and imaginative … gorgeous prose.”
Asher Sayed, Readers’ Favorite

“simultaneously brilliant and devastating … I loved it with all my heart, and if you only pick up one short story collection this year, make sure it’s this one.
Writing Werewolf

I ended up really loving this collection. It was poignant, heartfelt, and wonderfully crafted.
K0pratic, The Fantasy Inn

From @Bibliopeeks

Chambers of The Heart contains unique, out of the box stories that are richly written with poignant thought provoking matters of the heart. … These short stories are like a finely aged scotch, which is best when savored slowly, in order to fully enjoy the one of a kind experience.

From @simplefairy_book_magic

This cover is one of my all time favorite book covers! Every story was a unique reading experience that made me want to read the next one immediately! I loved the author notes after each story – I felt like I was being let into a secret room of information.

@katerocklitchick

a magical and beautiful set of speculative stories and would make a great gift for a book lover.

@gryffindoorbookishnerd

👉🏻 excellent read! Each story will hit you in the feels and give you all the emotions. An amazing collection of short stories sure to please any reader no matter what your favorite genre is ❤️

from @subakka.bookstuff

Sometimes, a writer can pack a punch in just a matter of pages. ⁣… ⁣You’ll find that here. These stories evoke many emotions and raise questions you may want to discuss with someone. Hence, this book might be a great book club selection. ⁣… ⁣The writing is poetic and abstract but goes straight to your core and resonates. … ⁣
If you love short stories or want to try them out, I highly recommend 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵.⁣