For whatever reason, reviews seem to come in waves. I think people read the first wave of reviews, decide to read the book, all finish about the same time, and then write reviews. Whatever the case may be, Horror World published an excellent–and incredibly in depth–review of That Which Should Not Be yesterday. I continue to feel incredibly blessed by TWSNB’s success. The second book is in the hands of the publishers. Let’s hope we avoid the sophomore slump . . .
“Finally, it is easy to see why this first novel of Brett J. Talley’s has received the notice and acclaim that have followed it, and That Which Should Not Be marks a welcome and stylishly enjoyable addition to the Lovecraftian Mythos as well as a promising and talented introduction of a new authorial talent to the horror genre in Brett J. Talley. I know that I, for one, will be looking forward with great anticipation to his next novel.”
Norm Rubenstein–Horror World
Woke up to a really nice review in Starburst magazine–the longest running magazine of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy–this morning. Certainly worth checking out. Click me!
“This is a fantastic debut novel and fits right into the Lovecraft mythology. Even if Lovecraft is not usually your thing, I would still say that this book is worth checking out; such is the quality of the writing and the gripping nature of the stories being told. It more than deserves the nomination it received for this year’s Bram Stoker awards. Suffice to say that when I finished this book, I had an uncontrollable urge to go back and read some of the original Lovecraft classics. I can’t give it a better recommendation than that.” –Graeme Reynolds, Starburst
A friend of mine has reviewed That Which Should Not Be on his book blog, and I thought I would share. Rest assured, a good review was in no way guaranteed. He is the sort of person who would proudly write a review crushing my book under his heel and enjoy every minute of it. (He reviewed Herodatus for goodness sake). In any event, throw him a bone and go visit his site. Consider it a favor to me. Some of his reviews are actually pretty interesting.
It’s a matter of great personal shame that I don’t speak any language other than English. I learned Spanish once, but it only took a year for that to disappear. I know some Latin, lot of good that does me. I tried to learn French once, but at that I failed miserably. And I regret that now more than ever, as I received my first foreign language review today, and it’s in French. The google translation is spotty at best, but here it is in all its glory. It ends with a 10/10, which I take to be a good sign.
Colleen Wanglund gives a great review to That Which Should Not Be. Enjoy!
“Winner of JournalStone’s horror novel writing contest, Brett J. Talley has written a wonderful homage to occult horror. Each of the stories told to our protagonist is unique and scary by itself while adding to the overall atmosphere and theme of the novel as a whole. Each character is nicely fleshed-out and their individual stories come together beautifully. With references to Lovecraft, Stoker and even the Bible, That Which Should Not Be reads like the best 19th and early 20th century horror stories about the occult and ancient god-like monsters. I look forward to reading more by Talley in the future. Highly recommended.”
My favorite reviews are when you can tell the reader really “got” what you were trying to say in the writing. This is definitely one of those reviews. Check it out here.
“I hope to see more Lovecraftian fiction from Talley. I recommend THAT WHICH SHOULD NOT BE to readers who are looking for some newer Lovecraftian tales, as this is one of the better novel-length efforts I’ve come across in years. Because it neatly ties in some other more traditional horror themes and tropes (e.g., the wendigo, the Flying Dutchman, evil cultists and psychopaths) with the Cthulhu Mythos, I think that fans of horror fiction who have not yet encountered the Mythos should enjoy this one as well.”
“There’s probably no better time of the year to sit down with That Which Should Not Be. It’s a spooky, atmospheric fantasy story that pays loving homage to its roots while potentially serving as a springboard to more fascinating horror/fantasy. Brett J. Talley is a man with talent, and this book certainly makes him an author to watch. Fast-paced, classy, and with some terrific prose, this is an excellent read for horror fans. Very highly recommended.”
One of my favorite reviews so far of That Which Should Not Be was written by Dr. Michael Collins. Enjoy it here.
“Taken as a whole, That Which Should Not Be is a welcome addition to the ranks of the Cthulhu Mythos. . . .Highly recommended.” –Collings Notes
Continuing the Critics’ Tour of That Which Should Not Be with this review from HellNotes.
“I would encourage fans of Lovecraft’s fiction to check out That Which Should Not Be, which ends up not as a pastiche or knock-off but rather as a loving and dedicated tribute that presents a new story in another author’s world.”
Now that people actually read this blog on occasion (not that I mind talking to myself), I’ve decided to start featuring some of the great reviews my novel, That Which Should Not Be, has garnered. Starting with this one from the terrific Lovecraft eZine. I’m particularly proud of this one, as the Lovecraft eZine has quickly become one of the most respected sites on the web for all things Cthulhu. Enjoy!
Caught this review of That Which Should Not Be over on the For the Love of Books blog. Early Christmas present.
The idea of creating a bad reviews section of this website is growing on me. I only have one 1 Star review so far, and he is a Vegan, so I didn’t take it very seriously. I mean, how can you trust someone’s opinion if they don’t eat bacon?
Here’s the article.
Hey guys. In the last few days, people have posted a number of five star reviews of That Which Should Not Be on Amazon (and one two star review from someone who seems to have missed the point of the book, but I digress). Want to say thank you to any of you who were responsible for those. Now let’s keep the momentum going! If you’ve read the book and loved it, please feel free to post four and five star reviews on Amazon (and Goodreads, if you are so inclined). Not asking anybody to lie, just want you to spread the good news as far and wide as possible. Now, if you didn’t like the book, you should probably keep THAT information to yourself . . . . 😉
I’ve been pretty lucky with That Which Should Not Be that it has not had that many bad reviews. I can count them on both hands at this point. (I’m sure they will increase, but at some point, that’s just a sign that you are successful. Haters, as they say, are gonna hate.) People ask me how I feel about them. It’s a good question. Back in the old unpublished days, I would have thought I would hate them. But in reality, I kinda think they are funny. One of my favorite negative reviews contained the line, “I’m sure that Talley thought he had a brilliant story on his hands, and truly he would have if he had only written it differently.” Ouch. So I’ve learned a few things from negative reviews, and I want to share them with you.
- If you are an author, just get ready. They will come, no matter how good your book is. That Which Should Not Be has 45 Five Star reviews and 19 Four Star reviews. It also has a Two Star and a One Star review. It is going to happen. The Great Gatsby has 28033 One Star reviews! And it’s one of the best books ever written! So build a tough skin.
- If you are writing a review, quit being such a jerk. Authors, particularly Indie authors, are going to read your reviews. If you don’t like a book, that’s fine. If it has problems, point them out. But remember that in most cases, the authors really did pour themselves into that book. If you wouldn’t say it to their face, don’t say it on the Internet.
- One last thing for reviewers—make your ratings reflect what you write. I know that you think your opinion is really important, but most people are not going to read it. But your ratings may be noticed and certainly will be factored into the overall rating. Don’t be one of those people who either give a book one star or five stars. It shouldn’t be all or nothing.
Wanted to share this review (by a Canadian no less!) with everyone. Another satisfied customer!