Callum McAllister is a writer, bookseller and musician from Bristol, UK.
He is assistant editor of The Cardiff Review.



As assistant editor of The Cardiff Review I read and edit our fiction submissions, assist with our features and interviews, and am wholly responsible for curating our book reviews.

I offer freelance editorial and proof-reading services.


Behind the Desk no. 13 | Emma Glass in conversation with Callum McAllister

An Interview with Prabda Yoon | Entropy Magazine, October 2018

Behind the Desk no. 6 | Iain Reid in conversation with Callum McAllister

Behind the Desk no. 8 | Thomas Morris in conversation with Callum McAllister

Behind the Desk no. 10 | Kim Moore in conversation with Callum McAllister


"On Writing Comics": An Essay About the Craft

"Ursula Le Guin: A Beginner's Guide" | The Cinnamon Bun

"Whatever Happened to the Women's Science Fiction Press" | The Cinnamon Bun

"'Not to Read' is Essential for Readers and Writers Everywhere" | The Cinnamon Bun


My story, "The Smog Geist," was published in book five of The Ghastling

Book Reviews

“Allegory and abuse in Fiona Benson’s Vertigo & Ghost” for The Cardiff Review

CoDex 1962 by Sjón, reviewed for Full Stop Magazine | August 2018

Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong, reviewed in issue 7 of The Cardiff Review

Abandon by Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay

Ergasy by Christopher Cornwell, reviewed in issue 10 of The Cardiff Review

Winter by Ali Smith, reviewed in issue 9 of The Cardiff Review


My column, "Literary Links of Note," for The Cardiff Review's blog

"What We're Reading: Women in Translation" | The Cardiff Review

"What We're Reading: Halloween Reads" | The Cardiff Review

"On 2017" | The Cardiff Review

"Going to Iceland": A long-form personal essay I wrote for my blog

"Year of Books" | The Cardiff Review

"2018 Year in Culture" | The Cardiff Review


"Call in Sick" by Toodles & the Hectic Pity, pressed on 12" vinyl and released by Invisible Llama Music in 2017


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