What is there to say? I'm Bret Allen and I'm a writer!
I have a site at www.bretallen.info where I keep some creative writing, blogging, podcasting and musings. I'm a journalism graduate, have worked as a self-employed copywriter and also as a writer in the gaming industry. Right now, I'm writing for a Microsoft game studio.
My favourite genres are fantasy, sci-fi and supernatural. There's something fascinating about the comparisons drawn between real life and the fantastic; in a contrary fashion, they can be more profound than those drawn by real-life stories.
Most of all, I try to put a new spin on those genres, which in many cases have become stiff, old shambling corpses. Stitch on a smart new head, put a little truth in the heart, run a 500 megawatt current of strangeness through them and suddenly... they live again!
I've lived in a few places around the Midlands of the UK. I have a few great friends, a myriad of mates, a large and wonderful family and a loyal (ish) cat.
I draw most of my inspiration from Neil Gaiman, Tolkien, Tad Williams, Kim Newman, Terry Pratchett, daydreams, nightmares and the magic of the everyday.