Title: Oddities & Entities written by Roland Allnach
Genre: Horror – Short Story collection
Published by All Things That Matter Press
Page count: 256
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #45
“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.”
Welcome to my stop on the Oddities & Entities blog tour! I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review and I’d like to take a moment and thank both TLC Book tours and Roland Allnach for letting me be a part of the tour!
When I read the description above, I was instantly intrigued by Oddities & Entities. The title itself is intriguing as well and I’m happy that I got to read this book during the month of October which is when I like to read paranormal books even more due to Halloween. Surprisingly the only experience I have had reading short story collections has been in undergraduate English classes, other than that this is my first real experience with a book consisting of short stories so I’ve been super excited to read this book.
I found the experience of reading Oddities & Entities to be exciting. Not only was I deeply intrigued by the stories I encountered within the pages of this collection but I found myself biting my nails and trying to guess at where the stories were headed…something I couldn’t do! Although all the stories in this collection subscribe to the horror genre, they deal with vastly different paranormal entities and concepts that can only be described as “odd” or otherworldly. They range from a story about a woman who has grown up in the company of a freaky, paranormal entity called a Curmudgeon to a guy who pretty much snot rockets a gray being out of his brain (you MUST read the book for further detail!). I can honestly say that I have never experienced stories quite like what I encountered in Oddities & Entities which was a wonderfully good thing. I was impressed with the authors style of writing, I love the way he describes the people, places and events in his stories, I think he is a gifted storyteller and is able to craft a narrative that easily transports you into his stories. I was really impressed with the story of Elmer Phelps which is a story about a vampire which is pretty different from any vampire story I have ever read. The vampire is such a pervasive character in the horror genre that when I read a vampire novel sometimes it can feel like a repeat of something I have already read but this story was an entirely different treatment of a vampire that I enjoyed immensely. I almost wish it was a full novel!
I definitely recommend horror fans to check out this collection of horror stories, they are a different breed of their own and I found them immensely enjoyable!
Also don’t forget to add Oddities & Entities to your Goodreads To-Read List!