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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  416 ratings  ·  100 reviews
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 k ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published July 13th 2012 by JournalStone (first published July 7th 2012)
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Graeme Reynolds
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I made no secret of the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed Brett Talley’s Bram Stoker Nominated novel That Which Should Not Be earlier this year, and so when I got my grubby hands on an advance review copy of his latest book, The Void I was both excited and a little nervous. Would the second novel match up to the success of his first book, especially given the huge differences in style and setting?

The Void takes place in the year 2169. Mankind has mastered interstellar travel and through the use of
Jon Recluse
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly chilling tale that can only be described as Space Gothic. Talley expertly weaves the atmospheric, psychological tension and sheer unspeakable dread into this story, resulting in a masterful work of science fiction/horror. Brett Talley is an author to watch.

Highest recommendation.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a giveaway from the author. Normally deep space isn't my thing and I'm not a fan of scifi, it works well cinematically for me, but not my typical reading fare. This book, however, worked really well combining the elements of both horror and scifi. Think a prose equivalent of Event Horizon or something like that. The premise was solid and the characters were strong and well developed. Particularly enjoyable was the writing, there were some really great spooky to terrifying rang ...more
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Book Info: Genre: Dark Science Fantasy Reading Level: Adult Ebook available at Journalstone or Amazon; Paperback or Hardcover copy is available as of today, 7/13/12 on Amazon

Disclosure: I received a free eBook ARC from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. To make things even better, I just received a free paperback uncorrected proof from Journalstone in a promotion! This will not, of course, affect my opinion of the book, but it is awesome!

Synopsis: In the deepest reaches of space, on
Frank Errington
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brett J. Tally is a name I was not familiar with prior to reading The Void, now he's a writer I won't soon forget.

The Void is a wonderful combination of Science Fiction and Horror that manages to do justice to both genres.

The year is 2159 and interstellar travel has become commonplace, but it's not without a toll on the traveler. First you need to make your way to the edge of the solar system before going to warp, which actually bends the fabric of space to get you to your destination rather qui
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I read this titles description I looked forward to reading it.

I am a fan of the Event Horizon type sci-fi, where the true horrors of space are found to be within oneself rather than some laser wielding Super Alien and The Void went far beyond merely satisfying that preference in literature....

The Void is expertly written, captivating the reader and drawing you into both the real world and dream world of the story without leaving you baffled or having a "What the?.." moment.

The story i
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

A mixture of science-fiction and horror, set out in space. I felt that this story took a unique turn, incorporating an almost "lovecraftian"-like feel to a futuristic setting. This story had some truly unsettling moments and images, and almost makes you wonder if such a concept is plausible.... The mark of a great author, in my books!

Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
I received this novel from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

Oh, how I wanted to like this book. The premise had everything going for it: humankind discovers that there is a price to be paid for scientific advances in a mix of science fiction and horror. Shades of Lovecraft! Mixed with "Event Horizon" and "Star Trek"! Sounds fantastic! Sign me up!


First, do we really need an introductory essay explaining how wonderful the book is? If the book were some influential classic of yesterye
David Watson
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Carl Alves
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had heard a lot of buzz about author Brett Talley, so I was looking forward to reading The Void, his second novel, and Talley not only met but exceeded my expectations . The book is part sci-fi, part horror, and all together creepy. Set in deep space in the near future when distant space travel is possible, there is one caveat to the ability to travel long distances in space. When the travelers go through a warp drive, they are put to sleep where they have dreams that border on nightmares. The ...more
11811 (Eleven)
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy from the author and finished about a week ago but wanted to let it set in before I wrote a review. Sometimes my opinion of a book changes a little after I've had some time to reflect on it. As others have noted, this is very similar to Event Horizon, equal parts sci-fi and horror, perhaps leaning a little more toward horror. I'm a big fan of this type of story and there is very little "space horror" out there so if you like this kind of stuff, I would recommend this b ...more
William Holloway
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just finished The Void by Brett Talley, and I gotta say--it was excellent. I really admire the ability to completely switch gears between books. There's something to be said for a writer being consistent, but there's more to be said for a writer to be able to create very different works, to work in different genres or in very different voicings.

This book is very different from That Which Should Not Be. While there are elements identifiable as Lovecraftian, if this book had been written by someon
ash c
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Good 'ole gothic, monster, space horror. This story follows a space ship and its encounter with a mysterious ship inexplicably in the middle of nowhere, after their warp jump has been cut short. An engineer's sudden descent into madness after experiencing the Dreams during the jump while they slept was the first event that opened the story's journey into madness.

The Void is very reminiscent of Event Horizon, so fans of that can knock yourself out. For me, I appreciate the dream aspect of the st
Mark All
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of horror and science fiction
Brett J. Talley’s The Void, along with his previous novel, has restored my faith in horror literature. The Void is a terrifying tale of cosmic horror, somewhat in the vein of Lovecraft, set in the deepest reaches of outer space. En route to the farthest explored star system, space farers find a derelict ship, the madness and horror within it beyond imagining. Kudos to his publisher, JournalStone, for being our “link to artistic talent.”
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
The VOID, Brett J. Talley's page-turner follow up to That Which Should Not Be, will please horror, sci-fi, and thriller fans alike. Taking a break from Lovecraftian fiction set in times gone by (though those on the lookout will find hints of Lovecraft here and there), Talley looks to the future and tells the story of six people on a ship bound for Riley, a planet on the outer reaches of deep space. But such travel comes at a cost -- the dreams -- not to mention the perils of what they encounter ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
As someone who qualifies himself as a huge fan of Brett J. Talley, it pains me to have to say The Void is only good. Not brilliant, like his recent novella within Biters : The Reborn; not incredibly impressive like his debut novelThat Which Should Not Be; simply, good.

Mixing sci-fi and horror is tricky business, especially when attempting to incorporate some fairly significant Lovecraftian elements, but Talley gives it a pretty good shot, introducing half a dozen characters and putting them on
Mar 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
This seemed like something I ought to like. "Similar to Event Horizon", horror in space, yada yada. Good stuff, right?

No. Not at all.

First off, there was no inspiration from or similarities to Event Horizon here, the whole foundation for the plot was basically a complete rip-off of the movie.


Ship disappears on maiden voyage? Check!
Ship reappears a number of years later? Check!
Crew that boards ship starts to hallucinate/see things? Check!
Guy taken over by gouges his e
Alex Sheldon
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Being a hardcore cinephile, this novel kept bringing forth images from Solaris and Event Horizon (more the latter), yet make no mistake, this is in a league of its own as far as story goes.

Now despite doing most of my reading during my daily commute, this is one of the few books that I forced myself to read at home, under very dim lighting (bad for the eyes but amplifies the atmosphere) all while having 'deep space drone' music playing in the background - so that I could find myself fully immers
Xavier Price
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
NB: I received an unedited, advance review copy of The Void.

In the future, mankind has mastered space travel. There’s just one, tiny problem. Going into warp while awake drives people crazy, so they must be asleep for the trip. But with the sleep comes the dreams, and the dreams just might drive you crazy.

I first became acquainted with Brett J. Talley when I read his book, That Which Should Not Be. That book, a gothic-horror novel set in the 19th Century, was a triumphant tribute to the works of
Claus Appel
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
"The Void" is an interesting and gripping story. There are some compelling mysteries and decent characters. I was always motivated to continue because I wanted to know what would happen. So most of the book is fairly good.

It is very obviously and very strongly inspired by the movie "Event Horizon" (1997). Some might even call it a rip-off of the movie, but that doesn't bother me, because I love "Event Horizon".

I still give it a fairly low rating because of a number of flaws:

* There are a numb
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. It’s entirely unexpected from the girl who tears up at Harry Potter and screams bloody murder at the sight of an insect.

Then, I read The Void. While I didn’t lose any sleep, I had to take breaks while reading because I was scared. I thin
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm having a hard time rating this book. I should probably give it 5 stars because of the writing style and the originality of the book, but I am going to account for personal preference.

This book is a sci-fi kind of book that made me think of old star trek episodes when they would say "full warp speed ahead" but that is where the similarities ended. Talley had an original view of what would happen if we, as humans, could accomplish space travel and what the consequences would be. There weren't
Richard Hayes
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In the future mankind has figured out how to travel to the far ends of the universe using a warp drive. There is a problem, to do so the people have to sleep and with the sleep comes the dreams. But what are the dreams? Are they just that or something more sinister or deadly? Each person has one and it is the same for them no matter how many times they make a warp jump. Aidan Connor was found in a life pod in a part of space no one should have been in and so the story begins.

This book explores w
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved (loved, loved) this book. The characters are fascinating and intricately detailed, each with his or her own secret history. Those histories haunt them, in the form of terrifying nightmares, as they jump across space. As the narrative progresses, it becomes less and less clear whether the nightmares are dreams or reality, and whether the pasts of the individual characters, in the hands of a monstrous force, will become their destruction. Anyone who is a fan of Stanislaw Lem's sci-fi class ...more
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As they make the jump across space the occupants of the Chronos experience the usual nightmares of warp sleep. However, when they emerge from warp speed early, they awake to find themselves frighteningly close to a black hole and a very real terror that waits for them on the Singularity - a ship that should no longer exist.
The Void combines horror and scifi to great effect, I loved it and will be recommending to anyone who enjoys both horror and scifi.
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After enjoying Talley's "That Which Should Not Be" I was excited to get to read "The Void." While taking a turn towards sci-fi and not just straight horror, I was not disappointed. The book was well written, with good characters and an enjoyable plot.
If you are fans of Talley's previous work, you won't be disappointed, and if you aren't familiar with Talley his writing is well worth your time!
Renee Walsh
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am not normally a science fiction reader. I received this book as a book giveaway winner. I was pleasently surprised. I couldn't put this book down from the very start. ...more
Isabel (kittiwake)
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lt-er
I received a free copy of this book in return for a review, via the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

The last one was the same as the first. It was the same as them all. A valley opens up before me. But it is unlike anything I have ever seen. There are no majestic cliffs, no free-flowing waters or forests clinging to its sides. No. Hell has come to this place. The ground is scorched and barren. There is no life there, nor will there ever be. I can see dimly; the pallid yellow of the cloudles
Hal Bodner
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was given an advance reader's copy of THE VOID at the 2011 World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City. As a great fan of some of Talley's earlier work, I was thrilled to get it. But then I read it.

THE VOID is more of a science fiction book than a horror novel although it contains strong elements of each. Undeniably, it is an extremely well written book; I would expect no less from Talley. The problem for me is that THE VOID works best when the horror elements come to the fore. As a science fict
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Brett J. Talley is the author of several best-selling novels and anthologies, including That Which Should Not Be, He Who Walks in Shadows, and The Fiddle is the Devil’s Instrument. He has been twice nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, the highest honor in horror fiction. He lives in Alabama with his wife, Annie, and their dog, Nyarlathotep, the barking chaos (Nyla

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