Miskatonic University has a long-whispered reputation of being strongly connected to all things occult and supernatural. From the faculty to the students, the fascination with other-worldly legends and objects runs rampant. So, when Carter Weston’s professor Dr. Thayerson asks him to search a nearby village for a book that is believed to control the inhuman forces that rule the Earth, Incendium Maleficarum, The Inferno of the Witch, the student doesn’t hesitate to begin the quest.
Weston’s journey takes an unexpected turn, however, when he ventures into a tavern in the small town of Anchorhead. Rather than passing the evening as a solitary patron, Weston joins four men who regale him with stories of their personal experiences with forces both preternatural and damned. Two stories hit close to home as they tie the tellers directly to Weston’s current mission.
His unanticipated role as passive listener proves fortuitous, and Weston fulfills his goal. Bringing the book back to Miskatonic, though, proves to be a grave mistake. Quickly, Weston realizes he has played a role in potentially opening the gate between the netherworld and the world of Man. Reversing the course of events means forgetting all he thought he knew about Miskatonic and his professor and embracing an unknown beyond his wildest imagination.
"Four and a half suspenseful, frightening tales in one. Talley is wonderful at crafting suspense, and each sub-story pays homage to a high theme of occult horror. Plenty of suspense and chills to satisfy occult-horror fans." – Kirkus Reviews
"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
"Talley’s odyssey into the unknown makes this tale a heart stammering page turner from beginning to end. Talley’s use of present, to past and foreshadowing rivals that of any successful commercial author in contemporary horror fiction. His characters are well crafted and personable." Dave Gammon – HorrorNews.net
"That Which Should Not Be is a welcome addition to the ranks of the Cthulhu Mythos. It takes the originals seriously but at the same time feels free to take liberties with them as well. It is a pastiche but at the same time strives for–and attains–its own level of creativity…Highly recommended" — Dr. Michael Collings, literary critic
"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
"Recently Lovecraftian authors have been sending me their books to review. Some are good, some are….not. But the recently published That Which Should Not Be, by Brett J. Talley, is great. In fact, it’s one of the best Lovecraftian novels I have ever read, and I don’t say that lightly. And scary? Author Brett J. Talley gets that right, too. There are quite a few genuinely frightening scenes in That Which Should Not Be, both in the "tavern stories" and in the main plot. I feel that a lot of writers get Lovecraftian horror wrong, but Brett J. Talley has expertly captured the dread and the moon that should embody a Lovecraftian story. It’s a great read. Pick it up — you won’t be disappointed." - Mike Davis, Lovecraft eZine.
"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
"That Which Should Not Be”, a novel written in the style of a Lovecrafting Cthulu epic, pays tribute to the dark scribe with a tale that could easily have been a continuation of At the Mountains of Madness, and indeed, reads like something Lovecraft wrote himself. I went into the novel expecting a few references here and there, and an imitation of style and form, but ultimately, what I got was a multi-layered, engaging story told in an interesting way. I would encourage fans of Lovecraft’s fiction to check out That Which Should Not Be, which ends up not as a pastiche or knock-off but rather as a loving and dedicated tribute that presents a new story in another author’s world." - Darkeva, Hellnotes.com
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Author: Brett J. Talley
Publication Date: October 7, 2011
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