Oddities and Entities is a surreal, provocative anthology of six tales within the supernatural/paranormal/horror genres, exploring a definition of life beyond the fragile vessel of the human body. The stories are: ‘Boneview’, in which a young woman struggles to balance her ability to see through people with the presence of a supernatural creature in her life; ‘Shift/Change’, in which a hospital worker struggles to regain his memory as he is confronted by a series of desperate people; ‘My Other Me’, in which a lonely college student finds himself displaced from his body by his alter ego; ‘Gray’, in which a frustrated man is stunned to discover a little creature has been living in his head; ‘Elmer Phelps’, in which a brother and sister find themselves linked in a strange reality by a bat bite in their youth; and lastly, ‘Appendage’, in which a cynical mercenary is hired by his son to protect a research lab on the verge of a stunning discovery.
About the author:
Roland Allnach has been writing since his teens, but did not actively seek publication until 2007. He has numerous published short stories to his credit, one of which was a 2010 Pushcart Prize nominee, as well as two multi-award winning books, Remnant (2010) andOddities & Entities (2012). His literary inspirations arise from classic literature, history, and mythology, and his aim is to invest his stories and characters with a complexity and depth that continue to reward upon repeated readings. Writing aside, his joy in life is the time he spends with his family.
I am a huge fan of scary, paranormal, creepy stories, so when I was given the opportunity to review this book, I knew that I would enjoy every single delicious word.
And that I did.
Aside from the fact that the stories kept me interested, I felt that the characters and the plots were well developed...and that for me is what makes a book good. I don't need bells and whistles in a good story book, I need an author that will pull me into his writing and keep me there, make me feel like I'm living every single moment of the story as it progresses.
I feel that Roland Allnach did that.
As with many other reviewers of this book, I will agree that Boneview was outstanding, but that in no way retracts from the others.
I really do think it's the perfect read for this month of October, especially with Halloween right around the corner.