The eclectic collection of short stories in Roland Allnach’s Prism delves deep inside the psychopath’s sulci. If you like a bit of gore . . . one juicy murder or more . . . this book will satisfy that appetite. Each story is a different genre—all linked with the theme of homicide. Whether it be justifiable, premeditated or extenuating circumstances, Allnach has managed to find a unique take on murder in the form of fantasy, science fiction, horror, etc.
Ever wanted to run mama through a wood chipper? Or disembowel a friend? Find out what really goes on in the mind of the murderer. Allnach’s writing styles vary with the genre. Some of the stories are traditionally written, others more of a literary mouthful taking time to chew and swallow. In one story, “Icon,” a struggling, depressed singer is stalked by a psychotic critic whose attentions and praise finally erupt into the fame most artists aspire. Allnach manages a surprise culmination that will leave his readers double-checking the deadbolts.
The characters are difficult to identify with. The well developed protagonists are usually killers—hard to cuddle up to in some cases. The ancillary characters are less developed and if you identify with them . . . they’ll probably be dead soon.
The book does take time—lots of it. Some of the prose is thick and goopy. Unless you enjoy wordy, verbose literature the likes of Milton some of the stories may not be for you. Some occasional misused words distract. But, if you enjoyed Allnach’s Oddities & Entities which received a Reader’s Favorite Book of the year Award, the style is already to your liking, the gore already has a warm place in your psyche.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
|Page Count||282 pages|
|Publisher||All Things That Matter Press|
|Amazon||Buy this Book|
|Category||Poetry & Short Stories|