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Brett J. Talley

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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 l...more

Average rating: 4.03 · 812 ratings · 292 reviews · 12 distinct works · Similar authors
That Which Should Not Be
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 446 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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The Void
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 187 ratings — published 2012 — 5 editions
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The Chamber
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The Substance of Shadow
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Limbus, Inc. (Limbus, Inc #1)
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Biters - The Reborn
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Limbus, Inc. - Book II
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Awards season is a ways away, but I guess the Kindle Book Awards start early! In any event, found out that Biters and The Reborn have made it to the semifinal round of the 2014 Kindle Book Awards competition in the Horror/Thriller category. I don’t know if there’s a trophy or anything at the end of this, but the top prize is $500 bucks, and I’d rather have that anyway, even if I do have to spli...

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message 24: by Cedric

Cedric Nye Brett,
Thank you for accepting my Friend request. You have some excellent books! I hope you are having a good day.
All my best,

message 23: by DJ =^^=

DJ =^^= Thanks for the book suggestion... Roll Tide.. how did you know I am a Bama fan haha :)

Laura YA indie princess Hi Brett thank-you for the add! =)

message 21: by Taznim

Taznim thanks for the add and good luck with your books!!!

Watermelon Daisy Thank you so much for friending me! ♥
Remy @ Just Remy []

VampireNovelFan Thanks for the friendvite!

message 18: by Becca

Becca Hi Brett :D

Jon Recluse Brett,

Thanks for the friendship invite!

Judith (Judith'sChoiceReads) I think that you are biased, but that is perfectly fine, and if I ever read horror I think yours would be the one to go to. It looks great, a little terrifying, but great :)

message 15: by Brett

Brett Talley Me too!

message 14: by Haylee

Haylee Hello, how are you? Thanks for the friend request! Look forward to discussing books with you

message 13: by Morgana

Morgana Thanks for the friendvite, Brett :)

message 12: by Brett

Brett Talley Kathryn wrote: "Thanks for the friendship...I am eager to read your book and it is also nice to meet a fellow Alabamian....
One more thing...ROLL TIDE!!!"

Roll Tide!

message 11: by Kathryn

Kathryn Thanks for the friendship...I am eager to read your book and it is also nice to meet a fellow Alabamian....
One more thing...ROLL TIDE!!!

message 10: by Sangria

Sangria Thanks for your friendship, Brett! :)

message 9: by Pam

Pam Heyo, Brett..thanks for the invite...I am always looking for new input on books to read

message 8: by Brett

Brett Talley Was interviewed by The Big Thrill. Check it out!

Melissa Thanks for the friend request!

message 6: by Brett

Brett Talley So what's a "status update" on Goodreads? Is that different from what I am doing now?

message 5: by Brett

Brett Talley Your smiley is freaking me out Sarah!

message 4: by Sarah

Sarah Hi Brett, thanks for the add! (=

Tt (Never Ending Stories Book Blog) Thanks for the add! your book sounds awesome I can't wait to read! Congratulations on winning 2011 JS horror writing contest! I hope to see you around :)

message 2: by Carly

Carly Thanks for adding me Brett. :)

Kelly/yllektra Thanks for adding me! :)

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