Published: March 2012
"There's more to this world than flesh and bone."
Set in the mysterious space between the everyday world and an existence just beyond reach, "Oddities & Entities" traces a path through the supernatural, the paranormal, and the speculative.
With moments of horror, dark humor, and philosophical transcendence, these tales explore a definition of life beyond the fragile vessel of the human body. An anthology of six stories, "Oddities & Entities" is the recipient of four national book awards from the 2012 Readers Favorite Book of the Year Awards and 2012 USA Book News Best Book Awards.
Though all stories were interesting and even one based on Allnach's own experience, two stories stood out the most for me. Boneview was the perfect story to launch this collection. It's about an odd girl growing up with her own entity and special gift that I won't ruin for you. The telling of it was very well done and I could have read a full length novel based on the Boneview.
The second was Elmer Phelps, though it dragged just a little in the middle, it was an amazingly imaginative story with plenty of action, mayhem and fascinating characters that stuck with me long after I'd finished. Again, he didn't skimp on the details and once he knew he had the reader, he didn't let go.
This collection of short stories would make a great read for those looking for a chilling short story (or six) to tuck them in at night.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
By nature I have a do-it-yourself type of personality, and my creative inclinations started with art and evolved to the written word.
Since making the decision to pursue a career as an author, I've secured publication for a number of short stories, received a nomination for inclusion in the Pushcart Anthology, built my own website, and in November 2010 realized publication for an anthology of three novellas, titled Remnant, from All Things That Matter Press, followed in 2012 by my second anthology, Oddities & Entities, also from All Things That Matter Press. Both books have gone on to receive a number of national awards, including National Indie Excellence Awards, Readers Favorite Book of the Year Awards, USA Book News Best Book Awards, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards, Feathered Quill Book Awards, and Pacific Book Review Book Awards. As an author, I was named among the '50 Great Writers You Should be Reading' of 2013.
My third book, 'Prism', published in 2014, encompasses both my published short fiction and new stories. A winding journey through different genres and narrative forms, 'Prism' is meant to illuminate the mysterious aspects of the human experience.
My writing can best be described as depicting strange people involved in perhaps stranger situations. I prefer to let my stories follow their own path. My writing is sometimes speculative, other times supernatural, at times horror, with journeys into mainstream fiction, and even some humor- or perhaps the bizarre. Despite the category, I aim to depict characters as real on the page as they are in my head, with prose of literary quality. My literary inspirations are as eclectic as my written works- from Poe to Kate Chopin, from Homer to Tolkien, from Flaubert to William Gibson, from Shakespeare to Tolstoy, as long as a piece is true to itself, I'm willing to go along for the ride. I hope to bring the same to his own fiction.
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