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Roland Allnach

Roland Allnach has been writing since his early teens, first as a hobby, but as the years passed, more as a serious creative pursuit. He's an avid reader, with his main interests residing in history, mythology, and literary classics, along with some fantasy and science fiction in his earlier years.

By nature he has a do-it-yourself type of personality, and his creative inclinations started with art and evolved to the written word.

In the few years that he's pursued a career as an author he's secured publication for a  ...See more >


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"A touching, intimate tale of warts-and-all personal discovery."

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Hometown Long Island, New York

Favorite author Tolstoy

Favorite book Homer's Iliad

Day job Medical Technologist

Passion in life Writing


BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:

FICTION & LITERATURE
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Page count: 325pp

Friendship and literature awaken a trophy wife to the harsh banalities of her home life.

Chloe Wohlscott is precisely the mother and wife her husband Avery wants her to be—pretty, agreeable and attentive to their intelligent son, Teddy. She’s the perfect matron for the picturesque family he’s building. But when Avery moves them to a posh housing development, Chloe becomes drawn to their unconventional neighbor, Sophie, whose strong intellectual spirit begins to change the way Chloe sees herself and the world around her. Together, they bond over Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Chopin’s The Awakening, works that touched Chloe in the past and now too-closely echo her situation. Slowly, her obedience changes to defiance, which moves her to reclaim the artistic spirit she long ago put away for her husband’s dreams. Allnach’s (Remnant, 2010) first full-length novel may seem familiar on the surface, just another look into the ennui of upper-class suburban life, but the author's subtle tweaks and deft, clever maneuvering through recognizable subject matter make the book stand out. No character is instantly likeable—not even the alluring Sophie, who Chloe first views as an interloper—and the book’s ability to build off these flaws to intrigue readers, instead of alienating them, makes many old tropes feel new. The novel’s use of literary allegories could have easily backfired, as any story that calls so heavily on other books is almost always going to seem derivative, yet when pulling away from those works, the novel still manages to stand firmly. Yes, less would have been more as it concerns Sophie and Chloe’s clunky literary analysis, but nothing is sacrificed for it, and its presence does place Allnach’s work in the tradition of those other tales. There’s enough foreshadowing that the ending, while predictable, feels deserved, a tragedy more satisfying than the doldrums it springs from.

Skirts melodrama, but remains a touching, intimate tale of warts-and-all personal discovery.

 

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

ODDITIES & ENTITIES (Unpublished)
Horror, supernatural, paranormal, anthology, speculative

'Oddities & Entities' is a surreal, provocative anthology of six tales within the supernatural/ paranormal/horror genres, exploring a definition of life beyond the fragile vessel of the human body. The stories are: ‘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; ‘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. *Bronze Medal, Horror, 2012 Readers Favorite Book of the Year Awards *Finalist, Paranormal, 2012 Readers Favorite Book of the Year Awards *Award Winner-Finalist, Fiction/Horror, 2012 USA Book News Best Book Awards *Award Winner-Finalist, Fiction/Anthology, 2012 USA Book News Best Book Awards *Bronze Medal, Horror, 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards *Finalist, Short Stories, 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards
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REMNANT
Science fiction, speculative, anthology, award winner

REMNANT is a stirring, thought provoking anthology of three novellas within the speculative/science fiction genres. The stories are linked in theme by characters seeking self- truth, redemption, and their moral center. The novellas, in order of appearance, are: “All the Fallen Angels”, in which a convicted war criminal attempts to make peace with his past; “Enemy, I Know You Not”, in which a military officer that was captured and tortured tries to find his loyalty in an abyss of suspected betrayals; and “Remnant”, in which the survivor of a global pandemic is confronted with the prospect of making peace with his memories when other survivors attempt to bring him back from self-imposed isolation. *Finalist, Sci-fi, 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards *Bronze Medal, Sci-fi, 2012 Readers Favorite Book of the Year Awards *Award Winner-Finalist, Sci-fi, 2012 USA Book News Best Book Awards

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ISBN: 098462970X
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