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From Brett J. Talley, the master of Lovecraftian terror, comes thirteen tales of the dark forces that lurk just beyond man’s understanding.

A scientist who opens a door between dimensions. A creature that devours the dead in World War I’s no man’s land. A fiddler who can bring forth the gods of old. These are but a few of the horrors retold in The Fiddle is the Devil’s
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Panagiotis
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Ύστερα από δύο εξαιρετικές νουβέλες που απέτιαν φόρο τιμής στον Λάβκραφτ, κλείνοντας το μάτι και σε άλλα θεμελιώδη ονόματα της λογοτεχνίας τρόμου, ο Τάλλευ εδώ παραδίδει μια συλλογή ιστοριών.

Η συνεπής και μελετημένη γραφή του που ενώ ποτέ δεν αποκλίνει από το όραμά της, δεν κάνει εκπτώσεις στην ποιότητα είναι εδώ. Είναι, όμως, και ένα βιβλίο θεωρώ για τον θιασώτη του είδους και ακόλουθο το Talley. Τρεις εκτενείς ιστορίες έχουν παρουσιαστεί ως ένθετες αφηγήσεις στο τελευταίο μυθιστόρημά του.
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Darrell Grizzle
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best collections of Lovecraftian short stories since the days of Lovecraft and the original Weird Tales. Those of us who loved Brett Talley’s novels That Which Should Not Be and its sequel, He Who Walks in Shadow, will be delighted to see Carter Weston again in this collection. There’s true cosmic horror here, not just in the stories set at Miskatonic University but in the stories set in other worlds, Worlds Which Should Not Be. Highly recommended to all who love creepy weird horrific ...more
Andrew “The Weirdling” Glos
Talley's Lovecraftian work is some of the best in the business these days. This is no exception. A few of the stories can be found as chapters in his other books. Some I've never seen before, but they are all worth it, every one. The author of the intro mentions his preference for modern Lovecraftian writers over the master of Providence himself. I think he's not alone in this. If you share that sentiment, then this is definitely are great book and well worth your time.
Michael Parrish
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More great Lovecraftian goodness crafted by the skilled Talley. It's always great to spend more time with Carter Weston even if it was but a single story in the bunch. Each tale was spun with care to pay out in the weird tradition, and were rich character studies. I can't wait for more from the author.
Linda Epach
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: won
The 13 short stories in Brett J. Talley’s “The Fiddle is the Devil’s Instrument and Other Forbidden Knowledge” instantly took me back years in time when I first read H.P. Lovecraft. Though the times have been updated, the feeling is still there in these tales. Dark horrific terror from which there is no escape. Highly recommended to readers of dark creepy fiction.

Stormcrow
May 03, 2017 rated it liked it
It's difficult to write in another author's well established universe, in this case Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos, and really stand out. To that end, this collection of stories both succeeds and occasionally fails.

First, it succeeds at the most essential level: its writing. The stories are all interesting and certainly draw you in. Talley's modern style could easily attract readers into the Cthulhu mythos who might find Lovecraft's original stories too archaic and his lengthy descriptions tedious
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Lele
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by this author I've read, but certainly not the last. I adored the subtle, creeping sense of horror that Brett J. Talley creates. As any horror fan can tell you, there's an (over) abundance of shock value gore to choose from, but finding an author who crafts tales to tingle the spine and imbue the reader with unease... now that is much, much harder. And yet, Mr. Talley manages to do precisely that. I was simultaneously discomforted and fascinated by his stories. In fact, I ...more
William Tea
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
***this review originally appeared on The Ginger Nuts of Horror website***

In genre fiction circles, the name H.P. Lovecraft has long been revered. These days, the most noteworthy of the many, many writers who invoke that name tend to take influence from the man’s more “literary” qualities. They craft subtle, atmospheric, often quite poetic tales of philosophical horror with cosmic implications and an emphasis on suggestion over explication. It’s worth remembering, though, that Lovecraft’s legacy
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Michael
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, audio
A short collection of Lovecraftian fiction by an excellent writer. Some of the stories will be familiar to those who have read other collections, but they are good enough for a second read.
Christopher Payne
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: journalstone
From Brett J. Talley, the master of Lovecraftian terror, comes thirteen tales of the dark forces that lurk just beyond man’s understanding.

A scientist who opens a door between dimensions. A creature that devours the dead in World War I’s no man’s land. A fiddler who can bring forth the gods of old. These are but a few of the horrors retold in The Fiddle is the Devil’s Instrument and Other Forbidden Knowledge.

Read them if you must but do not forget: there are some things mankind was never meant
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William Tea
***this review originally appeared on The Ginger Nuts of Horror website***

In genre fiction circles, the name H.P. Lovecraft has long been revered. These days, the most noteworthy of the many, many writers who invoke that name tend to take influence from the man’s more “literary” qualities. They craft subtle, atmospheric, often quite poetic tales of philosophical horror with cosmic implications and an emphasis on suggestion over explication. It’s worth remembering, though, that Lovecraft’s legacy
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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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