That Which Should Not Be by Brett J. Talley

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*  2011 HWA Bram Stoker Finalist for superior achievement for a First Novel.
*  2011 GoodReads Choice Awards Semi-Finalist
*  Winner of the 2011 JournalStone horror writing contest.

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.

About Brett J. Talley

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A native of the South, Brett Talley received a philosophy and historydegree from the University of Alabama before moving to witch-hauntedMassachusetts to attend Harvard Law School. When people ask, Bretttells them he writes for fortune and glory. But the truth is thestories in his head simply refuse to stay put. Brett loves every kindof fiction—from horror to literary to historical to sci-fi—as long asthere are fantastic characters with a compelling purpose. There'sstill magic to be found in fiction, the mysterious and the unknownstill beckon there, and the light can always triumph over thedarkness, no matter how black the night may be.Brett writes when he can, though he spends most of his time working asa lawyer so that he can put food on the table. That is, until the airgrows cool and crisp and fall descends. For then it is football timein the South, and Brett lives and dies with the Alabama Crimson Tide.Roll Tide.
Published October 1, 2011 by JournalStone. 260 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Carter Weston is a student at Miskatonic University—imagine Harvard’s dark sister—when his advisor charges him with a quest to find a powerful dark tome.

Oct 14 2011 | Read Full Review of That Which Should Not Be

Starburst Magazine

Because the book is based on a “found journal” it meant that everything was written in Carter’s voice as he transcribes the four stories and then tells his own.

Mar 11 2012 | Read Full Review of That Which Should Not Be

Horror News Net

Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury and a dash of Rod Serling: Brett J Talley’s efforts here to provoke sheer terror begin with That Which Should Not Be.

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