"A spooky, atmospheric story that pays loving homage to its roots. Brett J. Talley is a man with talent, and this book certainly makes him an author to watch. Fast-paced, classy, and with some terrific prose, this is an excellent read for horror fans. Very highly recommended." - DreadCentral.com
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"Winner of JournalStone's horror novel writing contest, Brett J. Talley has written a wonderful homage to occult horror. Each of the stories told to our protagonist is unique and scary by itself while adding to the overall atmosphere and theme of the novel as a whole. Each character is nicely fleshed-out and their individual stories come together beautifully. With references to Lovecraft, Stoker and even the Bible, That Which Should Not Be reads like the best 19th and early 20th century horror stories about the occult and ancient god-like monsters. I look forward to reading more by Talley in the future. Highly recommended." - Colleen Wanglund, Monster Librarian
"Finally, it is easy to see why this first novel of Brett J. Talley's has received the notice and acclaim that have followed it, and That Which Should Not Be marks a welcome and stylishly enjoyable addition to the Lovecraftian Mythos as well as a promising and talented introduction of a new authorial talent to the horror genre in Brett J. Talley. I know that I, for one, will be looking forward with great anticipation to his next novel." - Norm Rubenstein, Horror World
"In Brett J. Talley's That Which Should Not Be I have to admit I think I've found one of the best homages to Lovecraft I have read. I'd go so far as to use the almost cheesy line that it's "a Love letter to the work of Lovecraft". Anybody with any interest in Lovecraft's work will recognise the style of writing and the on-going themes that Talley has pulled into the book." - Paul Metcalf, PisssedOffGeek.com
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degree from the University of Alabama before moving to witch-haunted
Massachusetts to attend Harvard Law School. When people ask, Brett
tells them he writes for fortune and glory. But the truth is the
stories in his head simply refuse to stay put. Brett loves every kind
of fiction--from horror to literary to historical to sci-fi--as long as
there are fantastic characters with a compelling purpose. There's
still magic to be found in fiction, the mysterious and the unknown
still beckon there, and the light can always triumph over the
darkness, no matter how black the night may be.
Brett writes when he can, though he spends most of his time working as
a lawyer so that he can put food on the table. That is, until the air
grows cool and crisp and fall descends. For then it is football time
in the South, and Brett lives and dies with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
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One infamous book named the Incendium Maleficarum, The Inferno of the Witch resurfaces and Weston's professor and mentor asks him to procur the book for him and get it back to him immediately so that it can be locked away forever, Weston jumps on the chance to get the book for his professor.
His journey to find the book won't take him long in miles but the men he will encounter will tell him stories that will take him back in time to places in their lives that changed everything for them forever.
Carter is a non believer in all of the legends but can't help but be intrigued by their stories and notice the similarities.
During Carter's journey, his faith and beliefs will be tested.
Can a hand full of men overcome an unimaginable evil that has been lurking around since before man???
I can not even begin to describe to you how very much this book captivated me!
The very first page in this book piqued my intrest and it was very hard to put down.
I would have read this story in one sitting if real life weren't always interrupting me!
Brett Talley is a wonderful storyteller!
His depictions of places and events had me so fascinated that I even had to google some of them to see if they did in fact exsist.
That Which Should Not Be covers various legends and religious beliefs about the inevitable end of days and the unholy beings that will try to take over the world.
What made this story so chilling to me was the fact that Talley used many real legends and scriptures.
Unlike a lot of horror stories, Talley doesn't use gore to scare you.Read more ›
Talley's side stories are also excellent riffs off of classic Gothic tales--the Unholy Monastery, the Thing in the Woods, the Cursed Treasure / Lost Knowledge, the Haunted Asylum--and at times one sees homages to Shelley, Walpole, Lewis, Stoker, Beckford, and even Melville. Sometimes these homages are a little annoying--after the introduction of Dr. Harker, I started looking for Captain Frankenstein and Dr. van Helsing--but most are excellent additions to the atmosphere. Overall, Talley's book is superb, marred only by a few printing errors (is he Vladimir or Valdimir?) and the utterly nonsensical moment when, surrounded by the noise of the insane, Dr. Hamilton remarks "I knew now why the old London Royal Asylum had spawned the term Bedlam."
This Lovecraftian story is the debut novel of author Brett J. Talley and is one of the better first novels I've read. Talley's atmospheric style certainly doesn't feel like a first time writer and I was even more impressed with how frightening it was to read. It's not often I look up from a horror novel to peer around the room or through open doorways because of a strange noise or fleeting shadow I caught from the corner of my eye. This book caused me to do that and I'm not ashamed to admit it. It has some genuinely scary moments that surprised me and caught me off guard.
At just over a lean 250 pages, "That Which Should Not Be" has the feel of an epic, taking the reader into the deep woods on a hunting expedition, to a monastery, an insane asylum, and out to sea on a cargo ship. The format reminded me of Creepshow, with numerous stories tied together by a wraparound main story. I found each story to be quite captivating and realistic. Talley did a great job of just giving the reader enough information to maintain the suspense throughout each tale. I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author and don't let the strong Lovecraft mythos scare you away. Lovecraft or not, it is very well written and dripping with atmosphere and should easily please fans and newcomers alike.
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That was unexpected and interesting. I picked this book up after I won the sequel "He Who Walks in Shadow" in a Goodreads giveaway and figured I should start at the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Lacey L. Lane
Christian HPL inspired short story collection. Needs to have more unhappy endings. This book should be in mashups.Published 13 days ago by Lily Rose
Very well written and evocative - much higher quality than majority of horror out there. Highly recommend.Published 28 days ago by Flapjack
Let's be honest upfront - I enjoyed the book, I'll probably read the next one ("He Who Walks in Shadow"). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
While the mythos is fantastical, the author takes it further then I like. It feels more like a Call of Cthulhu rpg game session. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Gouthro
I enjoyed it - though somewhat predictable and safe, there were some surprises and tense moments. Written in "modern" English, certainly an easier read then the originalsPublished 2 months ago by Gil Winters
This is a very enjoyable Lovecraftian inspired story. It has all the big elements you expect with an over the top finish. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. C Glover
I have been a fan of HP Lovecraft for a long time. His works have given me great joy. With that said, Mr Talley has done an incredible job of capturing this same feeling and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by burke3732
I absolutely loved this book! Each of the stories own their own were fantastic and disturbing. The authors imagery, word choice and overall storytelling was exquisite. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mike_Duke