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The Void

The Void

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by Brett J. Talley

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In the deepest reaches of space, on a ship that no longer exists, six travelers stare into the abyss . . . and the abyss stares back.

Man has finally mastered the art of space travel and in a few hours passengers can travel light years across the galaxy. But, there's a catch-the traveler must be asleep for the journey, and with sleep come the dreams. Only the


In the deepest reaches of space, on a ship that no longer exists, six travelers stare into the abyss . . . and the abyss stares back.

Man has finally mastered the art of space travel and in a few hours passengers can travel light years across the galaxy. But, there's a catch-the traveler must be asleep for the journey, and with sleep come the dreams. Only the sleeper can know what his dream entails, for each is tailored to his own mind, built from his fears, his secrets, his past . . . and sometimes his future.

That the dreams occasionally drive men mad is but the price of technological advance. But when a transport on a routine mission comes upon an abandoned ship, missing for more than a decade, six travelers-each with something to hide-discover that perhaps the dreams are more than just figments of their imagination. Indeed, they may be a window to a reality beyond their own where shadow has substance and the darkness is a thing unto itself, truly worthy of fear.

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Library Journal
Talley's second novel opens in a futuristic world where faster-than-light space travel is possible, but at a great cost. Passengers are placed in a deep sleep during travel, and consequently experience horrifying dreams that culminate in madness and murder. Protagonist Aidan Connor wakes up on the spaceship Alabama, after being rescued from his escape pod somewhere between Pluto and Neptune. Suffering from amnesia due to the traumatic destruction of his own ship, the Vespa, Connor begins the chilling journey of uncovering the truth behind the dreams that drive humans mad. While the genre is unmistakably Lovecraftian horror, with its examination of the horrific and cosmic unknown, the book's content is not. The narration drags a bit when the author pauses to explain to the reader the basics of space and physics, but the horror elements are very well written and fascinating. Talley's debut novel, That Which Should Not Be, was nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement for a First Novel. VERDICT This unique and unnerving read is a sure bet for horror and sf fans[The publisher is a small independent press that specializes in horror, sf, and fantasy—Ed.]—Rebecca M. Marrall, Western Washington Univ. Libs., Bellingham

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Meet the Author

A native of the South, Brett Talley received a philosophy and history 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. Roll Tide.

Brett is the author of the award winning novel, THAT WHICH SHOULD NOT BE, as well as a number of published short stories.

You can follow him at www.brettjtalley.com, www.twitter.com/brettjtalley, and www.facebook.com/brettjtalley.

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The Void 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
dwatson More than 1 year ago
The Void is a horror novel for fans of science fiction and it will definitly make fans of both genres happy. The year is 2169 and Aiden Conner has just woken up on a space ship he is not familiar with and he doesn’t remember how he got there. Aiden was working on a transport ship that had a mysterious accident while traveling at warp speed. In the future, man has mastered space travel, but when their ship goes to warp all crew members have to go into a sleep chamber and sleep until the ship comes out of warp. The downside of this is while sleeping the crew dreams and for some people on a ship the dreams are enough to drive them insane. While sleeping through warp, the crew sees the same dream every time. Some dreams tell of the future, some of the past, some are terrifying and a few people actually enjoy their dreams. After the accident Aiden finds he can’t get a job on any other ship. That is until Captain Caroline Gravely comes along and hires him to work upon her ship, The Chronos. Caroline has waited a long time to command her own ship and she has assembled a six person crew with very diverse backgrounds. She also has her own problems with the dream state during warp drive. The rest of the crew also has their own issues and none of them are looking forward to what will happen when they enter warp. To make matters worse when they drop out of warp they are surrounded by black holes and find a long lost abandoned ship. I loved the concept for The Void. This is a good horror story with a science fiction background. Brett J. Talley does a great job giving a scientific explanation to how the space ships travel, how gravity is created for a ship and what is happening when a ship travels at warp speed. I also liked how all the crew member’s dreams were described and how there was a little mystery to what all of their dreams mean and how the dreams effect each person. It was a nice touch how all the dreams we’re very different and despite the fact that everyone fears the dream state not all of the dreams were bad. I found myself thinking The Void would make a great movie that could satisfy both horror and science fiction fans. Brett J. Talley has done an excellent job bridging two genres.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No question, he's good at atmosphere. No question, it's an interesting concept, although it's almost painful at times. He's trying so hard to convey just how creepy and atmospheric his story is. His storyline was just interesting enough to keep me reading. But he apparently wrote himself into a corner and couldn't find his way out. Disappointing ending. *Sort-of spoiler alert* He should have stuck with his Lovecraftian influence and either let everyone just barely escape or leave all of them mad. For all he can pull off creepy, he dropped the ball with the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one ever got close to Lovecraft for setting the mood of a story but Talley is a genius for scaring the crap out of me! I wouldnt mind but his stories get you later on. During them youre hooked but later? Oh wow hes a twisted master of despair. Existential dread at its finest
MaryAnn_Koopmann More than 1 year ago
When it comes to horror books, I have nerves of steel. I can read a horror book alone at night in a dark, empty house with a rain storm outside accompanied by howling wind, still fall asleep without a problem and have lovely dreams. It's my talent. It's my gift. Then, I read The Void. While I didn't lose any sleep, I had to take breaks while reading because I was scared. I think the most disturbing thing were the description of everyone's dreams. There was no better way to understand the characters than to delve into their psyche through their dreams. All of them had different ones with a common element...the darkness. The darkness was an entity all to itself. It represented the unknown and it was this element that made the book absolutely terrifying. The novel is extremely atmospheric and Talley is gifted at imposing a sense of dread and foreboding. There's incredibly vivid imagery and it played out in my imagination almost like a movie. The end answered all my questions in an extremely satisfying manner though I was confused as to whether to find it hopeful or bleak. Talley creates a creepy story that has the potential to leave you afraid of the dark. I immensely enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a real "chiller". Brett Talley is clever at making you feel the coldness and emptiness of space as well as the horror of unseen things!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed it. Good read.
FroggyBella More than 1 year ago
The Void is one of the best books I have read in a long time! I really enjoyed this book! I like sci-fi, but am not usually drawn to books having to do with spaceships, but in this case the overview of the book intrigued me. This story has elements of science fiction of course, but it also has mystery and horror elements. The story is well written and keeps the reader engaged the whole time. I had a difficult time putting the book down and ended up staying up very late at night to finish it.  I don't want to give away anything about the story, just read it for yourself. It is so well written and entertaining and intelligent, really just a fantastic book! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago