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My name is Roland Allnach, and my passion rests with the written word. I've published short stories in various genres, but I'm better known for my critically acclaimed anthologies. Together, they've been recognized with twelve national book awards. Take a look at their respective book pages on this site to learn more about Remnant , Oddities & Entities , and Prism.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. As an author, it's a little ironic that perhaps the best way to relate my aspirations, inspirations, and aims is through the following televised interview:
My taste for the written word is eclectic, as my short stories attest. If there's a general feel to my fiction, it's a sense of the surreal, with some 'darkness', most often portraying strange people in perhaps even stranger circumstances. My aspiration is to craft compelling characters in stories of sufficient depth to deliver additional insight upon repeated readings. As an author, I try to think of how a story presents itself not only on the initial read, but on a second or third reading as well. If you're a reader looking for well crafted literary narrative, rich characters, and have an interest in genre fiction - whether it be horror, the paranormal, the supernatural, science fiction, fantasy, some humor, or even mainstream - I welcome you to sample my writing.
I keep a casual, conversational tone on this site, but the tone of my fiction can be quite different. Delve these pages, and enjoy. I update on a regular basis, and highlight areas I've added, revised, or expanded in the monthly news posts below.
I've also included on this site essays regarding the creative processes behind my stories. There's advice for those interested in pursuing the twisty path of an author's life, as well as some background on yours truly. The rest of the site is dedicated to my books, with essays regarding their creation, reviews, interviews, videos, and excerpts. If you enjoy what you read, please consider giving my books a try.
For autographed copies of my books, visit the Autographed Bookstore right here on this site.
Remnant is an anthology of three novellas spanning the science fiction and speculative genres. Published in 2010, Remnant has gone on to place in the National Indie Excellence Awards, Readers Favorite Book of the Year Awards, and USA Book News Best Book Awards.
"A nearly perfect gem of sci-fi." (ForeWord Reviews)
Oddities & Entities is an anthology of six stories spanning the paranormal, supernatural and horror genres. Published in 2012, Oddities & Entities has gone on to place in the Readers Favorite Book of the Year Awards, USA Book News Best Book Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards, and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards.
"The stories are gritty, gruesome, bewitching, and beautiful." (Cynthia Brian, NY Times Bestselling author, host of World Talk Radio's 'Starstyle')
Prism marks my third book and, as with my transition from Remnant to Oddities & Entities, I once again made an effort to explore new literary territory - while holding on to familiar places. Prism is a combination of my published short stories (as of 2014) and several new pieces. Covering a wide range of genres and narrative styles, Prism is intended to showcase my narrative range.
"The compilation is a masterpiece." (Rattan Whig, Readers' Favorite)
For more on Prism, check out the Prism page for a look into my third book.
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Reviews page for more acclaim for Prism.
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Prism has now enjoyed almost two full months in the world, and I'm thrilled to say that all the reviews so far are overwhelmingly positive. That's both humbling and satisfying, as I went out on a bit of a limb with this book's content, so it's great to see that effort translating to readers as I had hoped. To read the reviews in full, check out the Reviews page. Once again, to read more about what the book is about, drop by the dedicated page on this site for Prism.
Moving into September, I have a few more plans for Prism which I'm putting together for October, so stay tuned.
And there it is, after much anticipation, book number three - PRISM has arrived!
I've looked forward to this publication for several reasons. One, it collects all my previously published short stories in one volume - something I've yearned to do as my credits grew, so that I could offer readers a one-stop reading experience of the stories that helped build my writing career. Second, I wanted to follow the trail of diverse genres represented by my stories and add in several unpublished pieces that explore new narrative forms for me. Third, while exploring those new realms, I wanted to express the inspiration and admiration I've discovered in classical literature.
The new pieces consist of 'Of Typhon and Aerina', a tribute to epic verse; 'Titalis', a tribute to Shakespeare and Greek tragedy; 'Tumbleweed', a raunchy bit of comedy to show I don't always have to be so serious; and, lastly, 'Dissociated', a surreal short story that I believe puts the cherry on the cake for the whole collection embodied in Prism.
As usual, I have a dedicated page for Prism. Check it out for more info. Enjoy!
Wow, here it is coming to the end of June, with July right around the corner. Where has the time gone?
The short answer is that the time went into the preparatory edits for my third book, Prism. I've done several different things with this third outing, and I've labored to make it as perfect as I can. It's been a labor of love (what book isn't?) and maybe a bit of craziness as well, but I'm hoping to see it to print before the Summer has left us behind. As such, my first time focus until publication will be devoted to Prism; hence the condensed monthly post updates.
The wonderful picture here is an author signing I took part in with fellow members of the Long Island Authors Group at the incredible Mill Neck Manor house. As evidenced by this picture, the manor house is one of those grand old time machines of architecture and craftsmanship. A wonderful spot, and a fun day.
Last month I posted a set picture from my interview on 'The Writer's Dream', and the interview is now live. A very pleasant and relaxing interview from my perspective, and one I'd be happy to do again if another opportunity drifts my way. My thanks again to Linda Frank for having me on the show.
On a separate topic, Prism is in the edit loop, which means publication will come in the not too distant future. I'm very much looking forward to the publication of my third book. As I've hinted elsewhere, Prism combines my previously published short fiction along with new, unpublished pieces. I look at this book as a chance to explore my narrative range, so the stories move through various genres, the writing takes various forms, and I hope it will provide a very satisfying reading experience. Stay tuned!
Also, now that humane weather has returned after such a bitter winter, author appearance opportunities are opening up. I'm looking forward to meeting another season of readers.
I've been busy writing this month, which feels great. The odd thing about being an author is that the most important thing to do is write but, while you are writing, you actually don't have much to talk about. I'm sure there's a heaping pile of irony somewhere in there.
Late February, 2014
Talking about awards...The Pacific Book Review Book of the Year Awards contest has announced its winners, and I'm happy to say Oddities & Entities came out as 'Winner' in the Horror category. This award marks the first time one of my books has brought home top honors in a contest award category, so this is a particularly satisfying addition.
Due to the phenomenon of rolling publication dates for contest entries, the window has just about closed for both Remnant and Oddities & Entities to bring home any more honors. Except, that is, for the prestigious IPPY Awards, which will be announcing this May, and will represent the final shot for Oddities & Entities to bring home another award.
I'd love to add an IPPY to my awards. Regardless, my two babies have brought home eleven national book awards, and that feels pretty good. Six years ago, I didn't have a single publication credit. It's nice to see that hard work has its rewards after all.
It may be cold and unfriendly outside, but some good news has warmed up my writing world. I've been complimented with my tenth national award, from the Feathered Quill Book of the Year Awards. Remnant received a Bronze Medal in the 'Short Story' category. Once the full press is released I will post links. Speaking of links, the monthly posts for 2013 have made their way to the News Vault.
In the meantime, I've been busy writing, and the search for agent representation continues.
So, here we are, making one more spin around the sun in this very arbitrary thing we denote as a calendar year. Whimsical notions aside, the last grains of 2013 have blown away and the new year looms ahead. I have a few plans for the coming months, including the anticipated release of my third book, Prism, along with the pending results of more book award contests. I'm very proud of my first two books and their success for earning awards, and I hope they can make one more dash this year.
That said, I will soon transfer all the 2013 News posts to the News Vault. Time to clean off the shelves for new things!
For older news posts, I've archived them on a separate page in an effort to keep the homepage here as tidy as possible. So, if you're interested in how things have gone on a month to month basis, grab a flashlight and venture into The News Vault.
Site launch: June 2010