Author: Brett J. Talley
Book: He Who Walks in Shadow (That Which Should Not Be #2)
Published: May 2015
He Who Walks in Shadow begins with the Carter Weston going missing and presumed dead. The book he guards, Incedium Maleficarum, is nowhere to be found. Only Carter’s friend, Henry Armitage, and his daughter, Rachel Jones, believe he is still alive. In a race against time that goes from Tunguska in Siberia to Paris, France to the Scottish Isles, Rachel and Henry must find Carter, recover the Incedium Maleficarum, and defeat the Great Old One, Nyarlathotep before he can awaken the rest of his brethren.
Brett J. Talley continues the story he began in That Which Should Not Be. Carter Weston is no longer the master of the Incedium Maleficarum. It has chosen a German named Erich Zann. However, Carter refuses to surrender it. After disappearing, Henry Armitage and Carter’s daughter, Rachel, are the only ones who believe he is alive. Zann turns out to be the least of their worries. Nyarlathotep, the harbinger of the Great Old Ones, is on the move. Once Henry and Rachel rescue Carter from Zann, the rescue mission shifts to stopping the return of the Great Old Ones.
As before, Brett J. Talley mimics the old style of writing used by H. P. Lovecraft. However, he still makes use of the “slow burn” quality he used in That Which Should Not Be. Talley presents the story as a series of journal entries by Carter, Henry, Rachel, among others. This shifts the point-of-view, but it works for this story. I enjoyed the book. This is another must for fans of cosmic horror.
My one complaint is Talley refers to the “Yellow Sign” as being Nyaralathotep’s sign. Lovecraftian mythology associates the Yellow Sign with Cthulhu’s half-brother Hastur, the King in Yellow.