As anybody who reads this blog knows, I often comment on the fact that the only negative reviews of That Which Should Not Be are from people who are hard core Lovecraftians. This always surprised me, as my worry had been that the casual horror fan might find the book inaccessible. In reality, that hasn’t been the case at all. Now, I knew that some people might take issue with my spin on the mythos, but I was not prepared for the backlash that came from some corners over the inclusion of Christian mythology and iconography in the book. Which was why I enjoyed this review so much. It’s not all lovey dovey by any stretch–he more accepts my tinkering than embraces it–but still, refreshing. Hope you enjoy, and I hope you buy the book!
That Which Should Not Be by Brett J. Talley is an interesting bit of Post-Lovecraftian fiction. I dislike the term pastiche even if that is the best word for the continuing stories of Cthulhu Mythos by other writers than the original “Lovecraft circle.” In many ways, TWSNB is a throwback to the classic tales of the Cthulhu mythos but it also makes several choices which I think will be controversial with Lovecraft purists.
Read the rest of the review here.