The Void by Brett J. TalleyJournalStone Publishing President, Christopher C. Payne has announced the release for sale today of JS award winning author Brett J. Talley’s highly anticipated second novel, The Void.

In the deepest reaches of space, on a ship that no longer exists, six travelers find themselves staring into the abyss … and the abyss stares back.

In its very positive advance review of The Void, Library Journal states:

“Talley’s second novel opens in a futuristic world where faster-than-light space travel is possible, but at a great cost. Passengers are placed in a deep sleep during travel, and consequently experience horrifying dreams that culminate in madness and murder. Protagonist Aidan Connor wakes up on the spaceship Alabama, after being rescued from his escape pod somewhere between Pluto and Neptune. Suffering from amnesia due to the traumatic destruction of his own ship, the Vespa, Connor begins the chilling journey of uncovering the truth behind the dreams that drive humans mad. While the genre is unmistakably Lovecraftian horror, with its examination of the horrific and cosmic unknown, the book’s content is not. The narration drags a bit when the author pauses to explain to the reader the basics of space and physics, but the horror elements are very well written and fascinating. Talley’s debut novel, That Which Should Not Be, was nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement for a First Novel. VERDICT: This unique and unnerving read is a sure bet for horror and sf fans.
– Rebecca M. Marrall, Western Washington Univ. Libs., ­ Bellingham.”

Similarly, in its also highly complimentary advance review of The Void, Publishers Weekly states:

“Talley follows Stoker finalist That Which Should Not Be with another solid tale of cosmic horror … This tale of aliens preying on humanity stands out from the crowd thanks to the strength of Talley’s prose and creative imagination.”

A native of the South, author Brett Talley (Twitter, Facebook) 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, Talley tells them he writes for fortune and glory. But the truth is the stories in his head simply refuse to stay put. Talley is the author of the HWA Bram Stoker Awards™ Finalist and JS award-winning novel, That Which Should Not Be, as well as a number of published short stories.

JournalStone Publishing is a small press publishing company, focusing in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror genres in both the adult and young adult markets. They publish in multiple book formats and market our authors on a global level. In addition to showcasing new authors, JournalStone publishes a yearly anthology of collected short stories, and they host an annual contest for Horror Novels. JournalStone is also active with major writer’s groups, including the Horror Writers Association (HWA), and produce a monthly newsletter with exposure to thousands of people. Their online presence and marketing effort is constantly expanding and recently they began their own forum. The company’s main goal is to publish quality novels that will showcase an author’s work and promote that work utilizing their evolving presence. Assisted by a hard-working and distinguished staff of employees, President and Editor-In-Chief Christopher C. Payne has led JS on a rapid and successful journey to recognition and sales within the marketplace.

With two books nominated for awards in JournalStone’s first 12 months of operation, Payne and his team are still not willing to slow down. 2012 has already seen JournalStone on the front cover of Publishers Weekly magazine in an April issue; with three of its authors highlighted on the inside cover. Additionally, Joseph Nassise (international bestselling author), Jonathan Maberry (New York Times bestselling author), and Benjamin Kane Ethridge (2010 Bram Stoker Award winner), have been added as JournalStone signed authors, complimenting Brett J. Talley and Anne C. Petty on a shared world anthology titled Limbus, to be released in the fall of 2012.

You can pick up a copy directly from the publisher here: The Void

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