Publication Date: March 5, 2012
Bronze Medalist, Horror, 2012 Readers Favorite Book of the Year Awards
Finalist, Paranormal, 2012 Readers Favorite Book of the Year Awards
Award Winner-Finalist, Horror, 2012 USA Best Book Awards
Award Winner-Finalist, Anthologies, 2012 USA Best Book Awards
Bronze Medal, Horror, 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards
Finalist, Short Stories, 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards
Winner, Horror, Pacific Book Reviews Book Awards
"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.
"Oddities and Entities" is a collection of six tales bordering on the paranormal/supernatural genres. The stories are thematically linked and explore the definition of life beyond the fragile vessel of the human body. "Oddities and Entities" consists of: '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 (this story was previously published in the July 2010 issue of 'Aphelion'); '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.
Roland 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 several publications. His first anthology, 'Remnant', saw publication in 2010. It has since gone on to critical acclaim and placed as a Finalist/Science Fiction in the 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards. 'Oddities & Entities' marks his second stand alone publication. When not immersed in his imagination, he can be found at his website, rolandallnach.com, along with his published stories. Writing aside, his joy in life is the time he spends with his family.
Each of the stories take you on a trip into the unknown. A world of paranormal, folklore, supernatural, the things that haunt dreams, and keep you at night are all touch upon in this book as the author takes you on one bone chilling journey after another. Of the six stories, two stood out as my favorites - "Boneview" and "Elmer Phelps" were so well written that they had me reading late into the night and questioning everything that I knew to be true.
"Boneview" - Allison can see the finality of a person's life. Her boneview makes her a recluse and gives her a connection to the Curmudgeon. She will do whatever it takes to protect her child from him.
"Elmer Phelps" - Once a small, timid child harassed and teased by his peers Elmer moves to a small town after high school where he is accepted. Here he finds a reprieve from the great black that threatens to engulf him. But no one knows the secrets he keeps, his predilections, and the devastation that they will bring to them all.