Oddities & Entities by Roland Allnach

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     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.  (synopsis from the author)

    This collection of short stories are sure to set you on edge.  They are mysterious and creepy all wrapped up into one.  While each story is takes place independently from the rest, they each have similar aspects that allow them to co-exist in the same collection of stories.  I found that each of the stories has a twist to them that managed to keep me interested to the end.

    I did find that some of the stories left unanswered questions.  While it left me thinking about the story I’m not a fan of excess information in a story that leaves me wondering.

    The stories are all well written and the characters were realistic.  The setting of each was also believable and went well with the theme.  One of my favorite short stories was ‘My Other Me’ because I liked the idea of an alter ego living inside a human mind and being completely different from the body it’s in.  The other story I enjoyed most was ‘Boneview’ because there were several stories related to Allison’s view of humans.  She was able to see when someone was about to die and it is somehow tied in to a spirit she sees on the nights of the full moon.  It was both creepy and kept me on the edge of my seat.

    This is a collection for anyone who enjoys paranormal and horror stories.  The stories can be read out of order and can be picked up and read in a short period of time.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

For more information about the author visit his website:  www.rolandallnach.com

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