That Which Should Not Be

That Which Should Not Be

by Brett J. Talley
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Aloysius03 More than 1 year ago
Finally a contemporary author has written a novel worthy of the appellation "literary horror." Evocative of the work of H.P. Lovecraft, this many-layered story takes the reader from a stormy New England seaport to the mountain ranges of Eastern Europe; from snowy forest to the dreadfully still waters of a dead sea; from the peculiar halls of an ancient university to the infinitely more ancient dangers that lurk beneath the surface of the earth and inside the heart of man. The author's language--reminiscent of Lovecraft, Faulkner, and Melville--paints a series of deeply entrancing pictures. This is a book you will struggle to put down. But Carter Weston's journey is not just a battle of monsters and phantoms; it is a quest that illuminates humanity's deepest truths.
Crystal-Trent-Dotson More than 1 year ago
Carter Weston finds himself on a journey to find a book for his professor Dr. Thayerson , Weston goes to a village and in a tavern he is told stories by men that have seen unspeakable evil,stories of a school of dark magic taught by the devil himself, one of a cruel evil man named Vladmir, to an occult and mysterious Insane Asylum . Once he leaves the tavern he joins one of the men , Captain Gray at his home where he discovers Gray has the book he is searching for . Gray freely gives Weston the book , little by little Weston finds out what Evil the book holds. Once he returns , he gives the book to his professor , but little did he know of what evil the professor was about to unleash with it. This was a Great book , it's devilish stories kept me on the edge of my seat.
jbkirkpat More than 1 year ago
Author Brett J. Talley's masterful retelling of ancient legends, of creatures which existed before many of our own gods. That Which Should Not Be is a wonderfully rich combination of five separate stories, made common by excellent characters, and the evil they encountered within each tale. It is an evil which must not be released. Talley takes us on a journey, to find a mysterious book - the Incendium Maleficarum - a text written when the earth was shrouded in darkness. If ever combined with the equally dangerous Necronomicon, untold horrors will be released from their eternal prison. We meet elements of this wickedness in each of the first four tales, and we dread what will happen when the forbidden book is found. For Literary Horror fans, this book will be a joy to read. For those unfamiliar with those oldest demons who ever walked before daylight blessed our world.don't read this in the dead of night; Talley has set those demons free.
Dranea More than 1 year ago
The things that go bump in the night, the zombie apocalypse, the amount of money it takes to fill up your gas tank are horrors that may seem truly frightening - until you read what is in store for humanity inside the covers of this book. Carter, a student at a university known for its dabblings in the occult, the otherwordly, and the possibly demonic, is asked by his professor to undertake a particularly daunting task. A book known as Incendium Maleficarum has been rumored to be nearby, and Carter must go searching for the book. Fate and the book have things worked out just a tad bit differently. When Carter comes into a lonely little town, a blizzard to take on all other blizzards arrived before him, and he must struggle to find a place to get some hot food and shelter while the storm runs its course. The book starts its move. Carter runs into a motley crew in the pub he is using for a bite to eat and shelter from the bitter winds. These four people have stories to tell that will chill your bones. The final story comes when the 'leader' of the group invites Carter to stay the night with him in his ocean front mansion. Book - checkmate. The horrors in store for the world are just now being placed to take control of all. And we have never imagined the dreadful things the deepest, darkest places of the world have been hiding. This is a masterfully written piece of work. There are smaller stories that you get to be a part of while wandering down the adventure with Carter. At first, you may not see the point of these musings, but once you get to the end, everything that you have learned, all of the stories that have been shared, all tie together into one giant puzzle you never realized your were putting together until the last piece falls. Then you sit transfixed thinking, how in the world did I not see that coming, all the while rubbing the goosebumps from your skin from the horrors that you just lay witness to. This isn't a graphic story, there are a few instances in there where you may have some spilled entrails, but the most horrifying part is the book itself. What it can do, what it can bring forth, what could be lying in wait. If you have an imagination like mine, this book will leave you thinking long into the night, and several days later you will still be thinking of the tales, how each part wove it's way in relation to the others. Brett's debut book is nothing short of superb.
BlackSheepJS More than 1 year ago
There are many contemporary Authors writing in the "Lovecraftian" genre. Most are pretty darn good, but some true fans are disappointed with some of them inasmuch as the writing style does not match Lovecraft's. FANS REJOICE. Reading this book, I found myself back in my teenage years, when I found myself immersed in the terrifying world of Lovecraft's "Call of Cthulhu". The style is a perfect match. Even better, the plot development is fully modern, in the style of the best of today's techno-thrillers. And the characters draw you into a personal involvement with them. Drop one star simply because I found the FINAL conflict a bit hurried, a bit lame. But just a LITTLE bit. I LIKED this story, and look forward to future books from this author.
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DragonmanIF More than 1 year ago
Very engrossing keeps you on the edge through the whole book! Being a huge fan of H. P. Lovecraft and his universe I enjoyed revisiting it from a different writers perspective!
FroggyBella More than 1 year ago
Brett J. Talley is one of the most accomplished authors I have had the pleasure of reading in a very long time. The story is reminiscent of Lovecraft, but it is definitely all his own. The story flows seamlessly from part to part with elegant language that adds to the horror of the individual stories and the story as a whole. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys horror and anyone who enjoys good fiction because it is just a well written book. I read this book after I read his other book, The Void, which was extremely well written also and I really enjoyed and highly recommend.
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I was surprised how much I liked this book. the author really creates powerful visions in his story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An entertaining read. I don't know that I can give it credit for re-inventing or renewing Lovecraft, but it's definitely a better-than-average homage.
Headhuntersix More than 1 year ago
No matter what you like in horror, you'll probably find it in THAT WHICH SHOULD NOT BE. The hunt for a book of ancient and evil secrets takes the book's protagonist on a quest during which he encounters several fascinating characters, each of whom has a terrifying story to tell. From a backwoods tale of the Wendigo to an eerie nunnery in an eastern European castle, from a snowbound Massachusetts insane asylum to a ghost ship, THAT WHICH SHOULD NOT BE touches on so many different facets of the horror genre. It's extremely well written, with each tale possessing its own voice, and yet the central story of the quest for the ancient book is in no way lost. Lovecraftian overtones abound, but the author is obviously well informed on everything from medicine to ancient Egypt.  If you enjoy works of horror, this is the book for you. 
RHarrisonR More than 1 year ago
As a great admirer of the Lovecraftian lore and pantheon of the Old Ones I found this book to be a wonderful addition to the number of authors and anthology editors of this genre of Horror novels. The lovecraftian Genre are truly a set apart group within the horror genre and this particular novel is a magnificent addition and a lofty undertaking. \As a novel that will keep you in thepages, hour after hour and make you lose sleep; it is a master. Loved every page!
AlwaysReadingDC More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Multiple stories of horror intertwine as the 'author' of the testament, Carter Weston, relates an entrancing tale of the ongoing fight between good and evil.
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shayrp76 More than 1 year ago
When Carter Weston is sent on an errand to retrieve an ancient artifact by his mentor he knows he will face dangers but not of the kind that awaits. The story of Weston’s journey is intertwined with the stories of four men he meets during the errand. Their fates, along with those of the rest of the world, are linked to the ancient book that Weston is trying to find. They cannot allow the book to fall into the wrong hands and together they must face an evil that no one should ever know of. This one started out strong, slowed down in the middle for awhile, but ended with the same fast pace I encountered at the start. There were a couple of times in the middle that I worried it wouldn’t pick back up. The folklore feel throughout most of the book kept me interest enough to get me through that slow section. The characters are a strong part of this novel. Reading their individual stories was exciting but they seem to have their own personalities. Besides their own experiences they could have been the same person. Overall I liked this book and it was a fun read at times. I do recommend this one.
ADawgAD More than 1 year ago
It's not often that a new novel will please both horror aficionados and newcomers alike, but Brett Talley's first book does just that. Told in five parts, That Which Should Not Be is the story of Carter Weston, a student sent on a mission to secure an ancient tome. What he finds along the way are four old men, snowed into a seaside tavern during a nor'easter, each with their own frightening tale to offer. Through the course of the stories, readers will have their own favorite tale (mine was the one of students on a grand adventure who wander into trouble in Eastern Europe, but others might enjoy a psychologically frightening tale of a New England asylum -- or that of a fur trapper who faces evil in the woods). This is a great read -- a real page turner -- my only wish is that there was more. Keeping my fingers crossed for more from Talley -- and that Hollywood gets its hands on this one.
KatieHB More than 1 year ago
This was probably a little "heavier" than what I normally read, but WOW! Mr Talley does a fabulous job with this book. He takes several men's short stories and manages to make it applicable to his main character, THEN he continues on to an action packed ending! I didn't know a lot about the Wendigo mythology but he did a fabulous job explaining things with out over doing it. I don't think I can say enough about how engrossed I got into this book. I don't like to give away a lot details in my reviews, but if you like paranormal with action, this is the book for you. It's not action front to back, but in the most appropriate of places :) Try it, you'll love it!
kevbayer More than 1 year ago
That Which Should Not Be, by Brett J. Talley, is a love-letter to Lovecraft fans. It takes place around the turn of the 19th century, ending in the mid-1930s. Carter Weston is a college student at Miskatonic U and is sent on an errand to collect an ancient tome that has turned up in a nearby town. There, he hears tales of encounters with otherworldly creatures - each story leading to the conclusion that The Rising of the Old Ones could be taking place soon. I enjoyed TWSNB better than original H.P. Lovecraft stories. While the novel seems firmly entrenched within the Lovecraft lore and takes place a hundred years ago or more and the writing is meant to evoke those stories, the plotting and structure are more modern and easier to read. I'm generally not a fan of first-person novels, especially ones with multiple characters all telling their own story in first-person, but TWSNB clearly separates each narrative so it's not confusing who's telling what story. Also, I enjoy suspense sometimes, but not gore. There's only one particular scene of a graphic nature early in the book that bothered me - the rest of the story didn't stray into graphic gore too much. Fans of Lovecraftian fiction should love this, especially if you wish Lovecraft were a bit easier to read. The publisher, through LibraryThing, provided an e-copy of the book for my review. That Which Should Not Be: 3.5 stars out of 5. I liked it.
Katya_Sozaeva More than 1 year ago
Carter Weston attended Miskatonic University against the wishes of his father, who wanted him to go to Harvard. However, Weston's fascination with the occult led him to Miskatonic, which had the reputation - albeit only whispered about - of being closely connected with all things occult and supernatural. One day, Weston's mentor - Dr. Thayerson - sends Weston on a quest to find a very rare book; a quest that leads him to a small fishing village in the middle of a blizzard, where he meets four men with extraordinary tales - and one who has a very rare book. But bringing the book back to Miskatonic is a mistake, because now someone has the ability - with both this book and the "Necronomicon" - to open the gates to the outer spaces, raise R'yleh from the depths, and wake Cthulu. Written in Lovecraftian style, "That Which Should not Be" is lushly evocative, like black velvet. The uncanny nature of the story builds along with the pressure of the suspense; starting off somewhat normal, but by the end you're in a completely different world. This book is the book for horror lovers, and fans of Lovecraftian fiction and Cthulu. I am apparently not alone in that feeling, as it won 1st place in Journalstone's 2011 Horror Fiction category. Highly recommended!
megstaggs More than 1 year ago
This was an exciting read. I did not realize, however, that it was a horror novel. This was not apparent to me when I read the description. That being said, I did enjoy most of the book...just not the parts with blood and gore in them. If you like mystery, intrigue and solving puzzles in life, you will enjoy this book!
JSWilson More than 1 year ago
Author Brett J. Talley has breathed new life into legends and stories as old as the Cthulhu creature itself. More importantly, he has captured the voice of the legendary writers who go before him. Told in the classic literary horror style of Lovecraft, Shelley, and Stoker, this book is alive with imagery and rich characters which bring to life the terrifying story in a way that will keep you up at night long after you have turned the last page. Told through the eyes of five main characters, the book strings together four stories that each could stand alone as masterful shorts, with a fifth that ties them together and moves them towards a terrifying ending. Carter Weston is a student from the legendary Miskatonic University, with a smiling nod to Lovecraft for the reference, and is charged with the task of recovering an ancient book of incredible value and, it turns out, untold power to awaken an evil that could destroy the world. On his quest he meets four men, each of whom share with him their own personal tales of horror which bring to life classic creatures like the wendigo, witches, the Kraken, and the terror of an insane asylum. In the tales of terror from the dark woods of New England to the mountains of eastern Europe to the blue water oceans onboard great sailing ships from long ago, young Carter finds a thread that moves him on his quest towards its inevitable, spine chilling conclusion. In setting, characters, and tone Mr. Talley has done far more than mimic the classic masters of the genre- he has embodied them completely. This is an absolute must read for all lovers of the genre any lover of well told stories. If you like well told adventure stories mixed with mystery and ancient legends of horror- you have found your perfect read in That Which Should Not Be. Brett J. Talley has made a dramatic entrance onto the fiction writing stage with this, his first book. I have no doubt his name will be well known and I look forward to his next works.