David M. Allan

David got hooked on reading at a young age by borrowing to the max – 3 books, twice a week – from the public library. He was caught up and transported to fabulous other worlds by the likes of Wells, Verne and Burroughs (and later by Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Heinlein, Le Guin, Wyndham…). Alas, the journeys were temporary and he had to return to Earth.

His love affair with science fiction and fantasy had him thinking vaguely about writing but he didn’t follow through until after retirement and his relocation, with wife and cat, to a houseboat on the Thames. It was reading one book which he didn’t think was very good that led him to say “I could do better than that” and then setting out to prove it. David has since had a number of short stories published in online magazines, but The Empty Throne will be his first published novel.


Artwork: Tony Allcock

David’s enthralling fantasy book, The Empty Throne, was published by Elsewhen Press on 3 August 2018.


Cover artwork: Alison Buck

David’s gripping fantasy book, Quaestor, was published by Elsewhen Press on 30 August 2019.




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    David can be contacted via Elsewhen Press using david.m.allan (at) elsewhen.co.uk