Roland Allnach

multi-award winning author of the strange and surreal
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Welcome!

  My name is Roland Allnach, and my passion rests with the written word. I've published short stories in various genres, but I'm better known for my critically acclaimed books. Whether your reading interest is short stories or books, feel free to follow the 'Books' and 'Short Stories' menus on the side navigation menu to read book excerpts, stories in full, and essays on the creative processes for each of my published words. I also believe in giving back to fellow authors. If you are an author, or considering to be an author, my 'For the Writer' page has a list of publication topics for both short stories and books.

  And what's my story? They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  As an author, it's a little ironic that perhaps the best way to relate my aspirations, inspirations, and aims is through the following televised interview:

 

 

  My taste for the written word is eclectic, as my short stories attest.  If there's a general feel to my fiction, it's a sense of the surreal, with some 'darkness', most often portraying strange people in perhaps even stranger circumstances.  My aspiration is to craft compelling characters in stories of sufficient depth to deliver additional insight upon repeated readings.  As an author, I try to think of how a story presents itself not only on the initial read, but on a second or third reading as well.  If you're a reader looking for well crafted literary narrative, rich characters, and have an interest in genre fiction - whether it be horror, the paranormal, the supernatural, science fiction, fantasy, some humor, or even mainstream - I welcome you to sample my writing. 

  I keep a casual, conversational tone on this site, but the tone of my fiction can be quite different.  I update on a regular basis, and highlight areas I've added, revised, or expanded in the news posts below.   

   For autographed copies of my books, visit the Bookstore right here on this site.

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Click a book cover for title relevant information, or use the side navigation menu:

Remnant: science fictionOddities & Entities: supernatural, paranormalPrism: diverse genresThe Writer's Primer: author's how-toThe Digital Now: dystopian sci-fi

Spanning science fiction, mainstream, fantasy, horror, supernatural, paranormal, and speculative genres - and recipients of numerous national book awards:



 

'Remnant', 'Oddities & Entities' and 'Prism' published courtesy of All Things That Matter Press.
'The Writer's Primer' and 'The Digital Now' published through Tabalt Press.

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News, news, news!
(for posts from previous years, check out my News Vault archive)

 

Summer, 2016

  Needless to say, it's been a few weeks since posting an update, and will probably be a few more before another. Although the months of summer are considered 'downtime' in much of the publishing industry, the reality is that summer is the time when the industry makes plans for September through to the next year. I'm no different.

  I have a number of projects and opportunities I'm working on which I will be sharing as they reach maturity. For now, I have a few appearances lined up for November as well potential appearances with Long Island Authors Group in September, October, and December.

  The two big developments I'm happy to share involve - you guessed it - writing itself. My next book, Oddities & Entities 2: Vessels, is in production and with my best hope will be available sometime in October. Perfect timing, given its content. Vessels picks up where the first volume of Oddities & Entities left off, with a collection of brand new stories that should both fascinate and provide a few sleepless nights of Gothic chill.
   

  The second nice writing development is an award: The Digital Now placed as Finalist/Science Fiction in the Pacific Book Review 2016 Book Awards. It's the first award now for The Digital Now, and a nice complement to the great review the book received from Pacific Book Review. Next up are the Readers' Favorite Book Awards, announcing in September. Fingers are crossed...

April, 2016

  Lots of things going on this month! I had another great interview with Cynthia Brian, host of Starstyle, and I'm kicking off another round of my publication presentations at Long Island Writers House. 'The Writer's Primer' is getting noticed, and it's a great feeling. I firmly believe in giving back to the greater community of authors, and I'm always happy to help out an aspiring author with his or her pursuits.

Click here to hear my interview on Starstyle. (my segment begins at approximately the 20 minute mark)

Long Island Writers House presentations:

Monday, 4/11: Marketing  (reserve your spot here)
Monday, 4/18: Short Story Publication (reserve your spot here)
Monday, 4/25: Book Publication, Part 1 (reserve your spot here)
Monday, 5/2: Book Publication, Part 2 (reserve your spot here)

For those in the Bay Shore area of Long Island, NY:

  My local authors group, Long Island Authors Group, will be participating in a fundraiser with Bay Shore High School and Bay Shore Barnes&Noble. Twenty authors will be on hand (including yours truly, from 1:30-4:30pm) to sign copies of their books. A portion of the proceeds goes to support the arts in Bay Shore High School. There will also be a raffle for a Nook!
  If interested, save the date: Saturday, April 16, Barnes & Noble, Bay Shore, NY 

  ** I've also instituted a newsletter, as you may have noticed from the 'Subscribe' button on the left margin. Please sign up - I won't bombard you, but I will keep you to update with my publication news, essays on my blog, and reviews of books, movies, etc. Thank you for your support! 

March, 2016

  After spending my time planning and scheduling and scheduling and planning, I'm developing a calendar of events to help promote The Digital Now and The Writer's Primer. As this month progress I will return to this news post to update with more information.

 

First and foremost, though, the initial reviews are in The Writer's Primer. Courtesy of Readers' Favorite, a set of three reviews - two 5 star reviews, one 4 star review! Read them in full at Readers' Favorite or right on this site at the dedicated Reviews page. 

 

 

Friday, March 11, 7pm: 'BookIt' Party for The Digital Now at Long Island Writers House. Event information here for reservations.

Monday, March 14: I will be returning to 'The Writers Dream', with host and fellow author Linda Maria Frank, to record an interview for The Writer's Primer. Air date to follow.

Wednesday, March 30, 7pm EST: I will be returning to 'Starstyle' with host Cynthia Brian for an interview on The Writer's Primer.

Coming in April: Back to Long Island Writers House each Monday evening into May, with a 'BookIt' party for The Writer's Primer followed the next four weeks with my publication presentation series based on The Writer's Primer. Event information for reservations to follow.

February, 2016

  It's been a few weeks since the publication of The Digital Now, and I'm very pleased to have received some very flattering market reviews from Pacific Book Review and Readers' Favorite.  Both sites have bestowed their Five Star recommendations.

   In addition to opening to some great reviews, I'm happy to report that over the first two weeks of February i will be on virtual book tour with The Digital Now, hopping around the blogosphere. Tour dates and stops can be found right below. (Tour coordination provided by Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours.)

  Last but not least, after many delays I've finally been able to start fixing up the old website. I've been rebuilding and loading pages one by one, so don't be alarmed if you click on a page and notice a difference. Following more modern web design aesthetics, I've gone with a more streamlined look. This is a large ongoing project, so please excuse me if some links are broken. 

Book tour stops:

Monday, 2/1: A Life Through Books:  "Carly is a strong main character...great sci-fi novel and writing from Roland Allnach. The world he has created is so vivd...a strong and fast paced plot will keep you invested the entire way through.

Wednesday, 2/3: Texas Book Nook: "A fast and furious read...sci-fi but also had many other qualities lovable to readers of suspense, humor, and fiction in general."

Wednesday, 2/3: My Reading Addiction: "The plot is full of exciting twists along the way...the world that Roland Allnach has created is vivid and fun to become absorbed in."

Friday, 2/5: The Steamy Side: "The pacing and plot of the novel were very well done. There was plenty of action and it really kept my attention throughout!"

Friday, 2/5: The Indie Express: "Roland Allnach has created a wonderful new world for us to dive into. Wonderfully paced and multi-dimensional characters really set this novel up for success."

Monday, 2/8: Us Girls and a Book: "4.5 Stars...If you like books of programming and controlling the population by a select few, this will be right up your alley."

Wednesday, 2/10:  On a Reading Bender: "A Sci-Fi novel that really vividly sets the scene for the world and its characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and flow."

 

January, 2016

 What better way to ring in the New Year than with two new publications? Yes, I'm very happy to announce that both The Digital Now and The Writer's Primer are available in print and Kindle from Amazon.

   For either book, visit my Amazon author page to place your order!  Happy reading for 2016! As is my practice, I have established a book page for The Digital Now and The Writer's Primer. Please go ahead and take a look deeper into both books. 

 

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  For older news posts, I've archived them on a separate page in an effort to keep the homepage here as tidy as possible.  So, if you're interested in how things have gone on a month to month basis, grab a flashlight and venture into The News Vault.

 

  Site launch: June 2010
 
Last update: February 2016

 

  *Header images: Northern lights and the Cat's Eye Nebula

 

 
     
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