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Dark Faith: Invocations

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Religion, science, magic, love, family — everyone believes in something, and that faith pulls us through the darkness and the light. The second coming of Dark Faith cries from the depths with 26 stories of sacrifice and redemption.

Sublet an apartment inside God’s head. Hunt giant Buddhas in a post-apocalyptic future. Visit a city where an artist’s fantastic creations alter
Paperback, 268 pages
Published September 2012 by Apex Publications
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Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm in this so I'm a bit biased. I also have the first anthology.

I found this one less disturbing, though there are a few stories that made me put the book down and back slowly away (Lucy Snyder, I'm looking directly at you). Most of the stories had me thinking about the nature of faith.

The ones that stuck with me the most:

Subletting God's head, Tom Piccirilli: a guy living in God's head and being privy to His innermost thoughts. A part of me felt rubbed wrong by his portrayal of Jesus.

I wasn't disappointed in the first DARK FAITH anthology edited by Messrs. Broaddus and Gordon, and so I didn't expect to be let down by DARK FAITH INVOCATIONS. And I wasn't. No anthology is perfect but, while there were a couple of stories that didn't quite work for me personally, this book comes close. It's obvious that Broaddus and Gordon chose stories that moved them, that spoke to some aspect of faith and belief. They work well as an editing pair, if the two volumes of DARK FAITH taken ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
There are some good stories in this book, but overall I didn't think it was as good as the longer previous volume. It's a more uneven group, with a couple of unpleasent stories, a couple that I didn't think were very well written, and a couple that were kind of slight or obscure. The best one is the curiously-titled "Magdala Amygdala" by Lucy Snyder, though I also particularly enjoyed entries from Richard Dansky, Richard Wright, and Tom Piccirilli.
David Marshall
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ignoring the fact many Christians may be upset by even the notion of this book, this anthology contains some impressive horror and fantasy stories that explore the different types of faith and how people react when they experience it.
A mixed bag of short stories, a few nice ones, a few less amazing, but nothing that would make me regret buying this collection.

The best ones were "Subletting God's head", "the sandfather" and "little lies, dear leader".
Kevin Lucia
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not a bad story in here, and some ones that really pop. Another excellent collection by Broaddus and Gordon. Full review soon...
David Ledeboer
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Subletting God's Head by Tom Piccirilli is the first short story in Apex Publication's anthology, Dark Faith: Invocations and if this fantastic short is a prime example of what to expect for the rest of the anthology, I'm in for one wild ride. I'm reviewing each short story as I come across each one. I truly loved this short from start to finish. It was brilliantly thought out and humorous. The way Tom Piccirilli has Eddie go about his everyday life so nonchalantly is comical when his life is ...more
A few weeks ago I received a copy of Apex Publications newest anthology, Dark Faith: Invocations. This book, edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon, is a follow-up to the highly acclaimed DARK FAITH, a book that was nominated for multiple awards within in the genre. Invocations sets out to “explore the concept of faith in a fantastical setting” through various religious and spiritual viewpoints.

As the title suggests, most of these viewpoints will stem from the darker side of faith. I
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faith is a strange thing. It's at once deeply personal, but in the form of religion, very much institutionalised. It can be a well spring of strength and hope, but is also one of the main reasons for conflict in the world. Every religion, every splinter sect within those religions, holds to its own truths, and every person of faith has their own version of what faith entails. As such, the idea of asking for stories exploring the notion of faith is intriguing and would have to result in 26 ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Attempting to provide a summary judgment for an anthology is always a difficult task. Placing such a value on a compilation that is as esoteric, nontraditional, and diverse as Dark Faith: Invocations is practically impossible. The best one-liner that I can think of is this (and admittedly very middle of the road): you will likely enjoy many of these stories and dislike many as well.

Each of these stories attempts to blend various religious themes with either the horror or science fiction genres.
Jessica Nelson
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not all of us are religious, but we’ve all got faith in something. Whether it be a god, another person, our own selves, or just faith in the knowledge that in the end, things will be alright, faith is what keeps us going when we have nothing else left. In this collection of twenty-six stories edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon, authors such as Jay Lake, Lavie Tidhar, Jennifer Pelland, and Mike Resnick walk us through the highs and lows of the human experience with tales of the successes ...more
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, scifi-fantasy
My review here.
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