Local Indie Spotlight: Allen Whitlock

Science fiction isn’t really my genre of choice, but I read an awful lot of short story collections and I’m all for supporting West Michigan-area writers. So when I heard about Allen Whitlock’s collection of sci-fi stories titled If I Should Die Before It Wakes, it went directly on my “to-read” list.

This self-published collection of six extremely inventive stories had me repeatedly saying “The imagination on this guy!” Whitlock’s protagonists take the form of a robotic assisted-living caregiver, a marine biologist who discovers how cooperatively one ocean species lives, a vampire with a grudge, and others. The endings of all six stories included twists I did not anticipate, and Whitlock is very good at dialogue.

Whitlock will appear at the KDL Book Bash from 9:30–12:00 PM on Saturday, April 27 at the Comstock Park Service Center along with nearly a dozen other local authors. Stop by and say hello, buy a book, have it signed and be able to say “I knew him when.”

Whitlock’s book is part of the Local Indie @ KDL collection, housed at the Cascade Township and Kentwood branches. It was created to give independent authors, filmmakers and musicians the opportunity to be added to our shelves and to be featured by staff in order to increase viewers, readers and listeners.

Click here to browse our Local Indie @ KDL collection.


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Morgan J.

Morgan J. is a KDL communications assistant. She spends summers as a “hood ornament” of sorts while her husband captains their old, cedar-sided pontoon down the Flat River. In the wintertime she counts the days until she’ll have her toes in the water again.

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