Published: July 2014
'Prism' presents the best of Roland Allnach's newest stories together with his most acclaimed published short fiction. These selected stories fracture the reader's perceptions among a dazzling array of genres and styles to illuminate the mysterious aspects of the human experience.
Roland Allnach has been described as a "star on the rise" (ForeWord Clarion), "a master storyteller with a powerful pen" (Cynthia Brian, NY Times Bestselling author), with writing that is "smart, elegant, and addicting" (San Francisco Review).
This series of short stories didn’t quite reach my expectations. “Oddities & Entities” was mainly sci-fi/horror and this was more of a mix of everything. If you’re a fan of all genres and want to be surprised, I’d recommend this book as each story has a different take, a different prose and unique re-telling of stories you may be familiar with.
There’s stories of misunderstood characters. People we’d either avoid, pity or fear. There’s sci-fi situations and questions exploring the cosmos but the heart of most of them is the misunderstanding of human nature and how it relates to each other.
This isn’t a small read. There’s 17 short stories and a few are meatier than others. There are different worlds and new adventures to be explored. I think, for me, it was the fact that there was no theme for the whole collection. If it were a book of dramatic tragedies or horror stories or sci-fi/fantasy maybe I’d be more attracted to it. That being said, I think someone who wants to be surprised with the variety of stories will be very pleased.
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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