Thursday, October 10, 2013

Oddities and Entities, by Roland Allnach

A young girl is visited by a mysterious creature, and develops the ability to physically see inside people.  A man expels a small gray being that had been living inside his brain.  A brother and sister suffer an affliction in their youth that changes the course of their existence.  These are just half of the strange tales that you will encounter in this truly haunting collection.

I am a sucker for a spooky story, particularly during the month of October, so when I was given the chance to read this collection, I jumped at it.  A long time fan of the horror genre, something needs to be pretty innovative to really knock my socks off.  And innovative does not begin to describe these stories.  They were deliciously disturbing, leaving the reader to wonder about the world around you.  What lurks in the shadows and the recesses of our minds?  Those papery whispers that we hear late at night, are they the wind, or something far more sinister?

Each story is thoroughly developed, the characters rich, the dialog intimate and realistic, the plotlines solid.  These stories changed the way I thought about the world around me, the truths I believed, and the explanations I accepted.  The stories are dark, and raw, and unlike anything I have ever read.  I think fans of traditional horror and dark gothic literature will like the book, but it is so different that I think it could help convert some new horror fans as well.

I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.  See the rest of the tour here.

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