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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
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It’s finally here.

I know it seemed like it might never happen, but the sequel to the Bram Stoker Award nominated That Which Should Not Be has arrived. Can’t wait to hear what you think.

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or directly from the publisher.

He Who Walks in Shadowhearkens to the classic pulp era of the 1930s and does justice to the Mythos that H.P. Lovecraft and the best of his...

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He Who Walks in Shadow by Brett J. Talley

I haven't found another writer who makes me read until I get a migraine. I just can't stop. If you are looking for something really different and something you will get completely wrapped up in, this is it. "
" Great David. People bought all the paper copies, so I have been unable to get my hands on any. Publisher has the printer working to catch up. A good p ...more "
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"Initially I was struck by the repetitious nature of THE COLOR OF EVIL. During the first part of the book we are repeatedly told that Jenny's parents did not want her to date Jeremy and had forbidden her to do so. Then we are told over and over aga..." Read more of this review »
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" The sequel to That Which Should Not Be is available for purchase today! But hint, you can probably get a free one if you look down in the giveaways... ...more "
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Music has a strange power over us. It can alter our emotions, inspire us to buy things we don’t want, cement a love affair between two people. But can it make us kill? Is any song that powerful?

It’s a question poets and writers have been asking since
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" My first story was Dagon. Perfect length, really, for a taste. "
" Started out real slow. But I stuck with it, and it picked up. Enjoyed it in the end, but I don't think it is as good as some people. "
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He Who Walks in Shadow by Brett J. Talley
"Excellent book! It did take me a short bit to understand exactly what was happening, switching from each character's point of view, and the various journal entries, etc. But soon I became so engrossed I didn't even have to think about it, and it a..." Read more of this review »
He Who Walks in Shadow by Brett J. Talley
"Let's start with a statement few fans of horror literature - and especially those with a thing for Lovecraft - would deny: That Which Should Not Be stands as one of the finest Lovecraftian pastiches to have ever been written. So, it's also fair to..." Read more of this review »
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“I don't understand exactly what's going on, but Goodreads shouldn't be deleting reviews, period. People are smart enough to look at them on their own and make up their mind, and deleting reviews undermines the integrity of the site.”
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“Respect is a thing earned, not bought, and a man who lets it be known that he seeks respect will probably never see it bestowed.”
Brett J. Talley, That Which Should Not Be

“The truly dangerous are not men who have lost their ability to reason, but those who retain it while being thoroughly evil, those without remorse or compassion.  No, my friend, it is not reason that separates us from the rest of the animals, it is our moral nature.  It is these creatures — I dare not call them men — that are truly demonic.”
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Christine Hatfield Brett do you have a facebook?

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 Sangr1a

Sangr1a 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! (=

Tanecia 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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