Thursday, October 23, 2014

[Book Tour Review] Prism by Roland Allnach

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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).
Prism collects seventeen stories into one volume, following a trail of diverse genres and narrative forms. From literary fiction to speculative fiction, from humor to horror, from tragedy to mythical poetry, Prism represents a wide ranging journey united by contemplations on the human condition. Including Allnach’s award winning published fiction (“Conquest’s End” and “The City of Never”), a Pushcart Prize nominated story (“Creep”), Prism also consists of the previously unpublished pieces “Titalis” (a tragedy along the lines of Shakespeare and Greek theatre), “Of Typhon and Aerina” (a tribute to epic verse), “Tumbleweed” (a humorous ditty), and “Dissociated”, a surreal short to cap off the collection.



It is very rare for an author to be skilled in different genres. It requires a special talent, a skill to look at different situations of life from a specific stand point and put it all together in one beautiful (or scary) story. Roland Allnach achieved that in Prism. Collection of Allnach's best short stories, it is the exact thing you will need to determine what genre is missing from your life. From horror to humor, it keeps you entertained through the whole book. 

One of the my most favorite ones had to be story called "11". It was about a man who lived his whole life in fear of a man who he thought was following him from the very childhood. The whole story is just so messed up, it's definitely going to make you say "WTF" couple of times. There were few stories that weren't completely my style but I enjoyed them all together. 


Roland AllnachRoland Allnach, after working twenty years on the night shift in a hospital, has witnessed life from a slightly different angle. He has been working to develop his writing career, drawing creatively from literary classics, history, and mythology. His short stories, one of which was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, have appeared in many publications. His first anthology, Remnant, blending science fiction and speculative fiction, saw publication in 2010. Remnant was followed in 2012 by Oddities & Entities, a collection spanning horror, supernatural, paranormal, and speculative genres. Both books have received unanimous critical praise and have been honored with a combined total of twelve national book awards, including honors from National Indie Excellence, Foreword Reviews, and Readers’ Favorite.Prism marks Roland’s third stand alone publication.
When not immersed in his imagination, Roland can be found at his website, rolandallnach.com, along with a wealth of information about his stories and experiences as an author. Writing aside, his joy in life is the time he spends with his family.
You can also find Roland on Facebook.

3 comments:

  1. I don't typically like short stories so it's nice that you enjoyed this one. I might actually check it out. :)

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  2. I can't say I've read a collection of short stories from one particular author, and I will agree with you that it more or less shows the author's creative muscle. :)

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    1. Thank you. While I have a few genres in which I feel most comfortable (sci-fi, speculative, surreal), I like to challenge myself - and hopefully grow as an author - by reaching outside that zone.
      Roland Allnach
      fiction@rolandallnach.com

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