After more than twenty years of hospital night shifts, Roland Allnach has witnessed life from a slightly different angle. His creativity draws from literary classics, history, and mythology.
His short stories have appeared in many publications and are the recipients of several editorial 'best-of' awards as well as a Pushcart Prize nomination.
His first anthology, Remnant, blending science fiction and speculative fiction, saw publication in 2010. In 2012 he followed with Oddities & Entities, a collection spanning the supernatural, paranormal, horror and speculative genres. His third book, Prism, published in 2014, follows a winding road through diverse genres and narrative forms. In 2015 he saw publication of two more books, the dystopian science fiction novel, The Digital Now, and the his first foray into nonfiction with The Writer's Primer: A Practical Guide for Aspiring Authors Seeking Publication. His most recent book, in late 2016, is Oddities & Entities 2: Vessels, returning to the surreal with a new set of strange stories.
Roland's books have received unanimous critical praise and have been honored with more than a dozen national book awards, including honors from National Indie Excellence, Foreword Reviews, Readers' Favorite, Feathered Quill Reviews and Pacific Book Review. He's also appeared on national and local television (The Writer's Dream, archived on You Tube), terrestrial and internet radio, and has conducted publishing presentations at local libraries and art venues.
Roland is an active member of Long Island Authors Group. Having joined in 2013 he helped serve as Event Coordinator starting in 2015 and now manages the LIAG Traveling Bookstore. Starting in 2018, he now serves as President of LIAG.
When not immersed in his imagination, Roland can be found at his website, www.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.
Oddities & Entities 2: Vessels
Sometimes you need to be broken to be made whole. With Oddities & Entities 2: Vessels, multi-award winning author Roland Allnach returns to the strange and surreal path forged by his critically acclaimed Oddities & Entities. Consisting of nine new tales spiced with elements of horror and speculative fiction, Vessels explores the communion of spirit, substance, and the eccentricities of flesh between those conjoined realms. Published 2016.
The Writer's Primer: A Practical Guide for Aspiring Authors Seeking Publication
Rapid changes in the publishing world have opened the doors to many writers who wish to pursue the adventure of publishing. What will one experience as an author? How does one seek publication, and what paths should be followed for marketing? With The Writer's Primer, multi-award winning author Roland Allnach shares his knowledge and experience and offers a cohesive, pragmatic guide to those new to writing and publishing. For both new and experienced writers, The Writer's Primer illustrates the spectrum of possibilities in today's publishing world. Published 2015.
The Digital Now
Just another day… In the dystopian urban grime of The Digital Now, Patrolman Carly Westing is jarred from her rough life to discover her reality is built on lies and veiled secrets. When the authority she once protected turns on her, her life is catapulted into a violent cat and mouse game of shifting perceptions. Will she remain a tool of the forces at work around her, or become their master and change the future? Published 2015.
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 Reviews), "a master storyteller with a powerful pen" (Cynthia Brian, NY Times Bestselling author), with writing that is "smart, elegant, and addicting" (San Francisco Review). Published 2014.
Oddities & Entities
"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. Published 2012, All Things That Matter Press.
"When all that's left is broken, which piece do you pick up first?" So the question stands, and seeks fulfillment—a path reaching from the shores of a doomed paradise, through an illusory reality, and ending in a devastated future. Remnant is both the sum of these tales and the element that binds them together. Published 2010, All Things That Matter Press.