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End” and “The City of Never”), a Pushcart Prize nominated story (“Creep”), Prism also consists of the previously unpublished pieces “Titalis” (a tragedy along the lines of Shakespeare and Greek theatre), “Of Typhon and Aerina” (a tribute to epic verse), “Tumbleweed” (a humorous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.
Praise for Prism
5 Stars – “Roland Allnach delivers a wonderful collection of stories in ‘Prism’…I would recommend this book to all. It brings an air of mystery along with witty and wonderfully delivered tales.” Lisa Jones, Readers’ Favorite
I reviewed Roland Allnach’s first collection of short stories Oddities & Entities as “Horror”, but this new batch is an eclectic mix. There are 17 very different, very unique stories so I’m waiving this usual feature in my reviews. There’s everything from horror, sci-fi to poetry. That’s a big stretch between stories. So if you’re looking for a diverse collection, this would be it!
Like the previous book of short stories by Roland Allnach, no two stories are the same. There’s contemplative stories, horror stories and stories written in different formats such as an overly dramatic Greek Tragedy or a poetic verse.
This series of short stories didn’t quite reach my expectations. “Oddities & Entities” was mainly sci-fi/horror and this was more of a muddy 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. I noticed a particular draw to childhood fears for a few of them, or a child’s point of view. These were the ones that made the most impact on me as the emotions were raw, not forced. Though there was also the story of “Flowers for Colleen” that I found interesting. If you liked the TV show Dexter, this could be a good one for you.
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.
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 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.