Hi, readers! Today I'm a stop on the TLC book tour for Roland Allnach's latest collection, Prism.
It was another busy, busy weekend here, which meant short stories were again perfect reading to fill the few spare moments. Allnach's previous collection, Oddities & Entities, was a truly chilling collection and I'd been looking forward to more from him, so Prism really landed in my lap at the perfect moment.
This new collection is an odd blend to be sure. The pieces run the gamut in terms of genre and even in terms of type - there are two poems included, one in the style of a grand, epic poem and one that's a bit of a ballad. A few of the tales - "Titalis" and "After the Empire" - even took on a mythic tone with the former broken into multiple acts.
A couple of my favorites included "Dissociated," which offered a glimpse into the mind of a writer, and "Creep," a really excellent bedtime chiller (that one earned Allnach a Pushcart nomination).
I didn't really detect an overall theme to the collection (which does make the title particularly appropriate), but all in all Prism is a nice showcase of Allnach's abilities.
To see more stops on the tour be sure to check out the official TLC tour page here.
For more on Roland and his work, you can visit his website here. You can also friend him on Facebook.