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A terrifying collection of short horror stories from across the Worlds of Warhammer. An Imperial Priest extracts a monstrous confession; a widower embarks on a doomed pilgrimage; a witch hunter returns to the place of his nightmares… Invocations is Black Library’s second Warhammer Horror anthology, featuring more short stories set in the chilling hellscape of the 41st mille A terrifying collection of short horror stories from across the Worlds of Warhammer. An Imperial Priest extracts a monstrous confession; a widower embarks on a doomed pilgrimage; a witch hunter returns to the place of his nightmares… Invocations is Black Library’s second Warhammer Horror anthology, featuring more short stories set in the chilling hellscape of the 41st millennium and the arcane gloom of the Mortal Realms. From the whispering corridors of abandoned hospitals to the shrieking dungeons of ghostly castles, this collection of sinister stories further explores the unspeakable evil at large in the Warhammer worlds. Contains the following stories; Lora Gray - He Feasts Forever Ray Cluley - Flesh and Blood Richard Strachan - The Growing Seasons David Annandale - The Hunt Steven Sheil - The Healer Nick Kyme - Stitches Peter McLean - Blood Sacrifice Jake Ozga - Supplication David Annandale - The Summons of Shadows C. L. Werner - A Sending from the Grave David Annandale - From the Halls, the Silence Justin D. Hill - The Confession of Convict Kline  


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A terrifying collection of short horror stories from across the Worlds of Warhammer. An Imperial Priest extracts a monstrous confession; a widower embarks on a doomed pilgrimage; a witch hunter returns to the place of his nightmares… Invocations is Black Library’s second Warhammer Horror anthology, featuring more short stories set in the chilling hellscape of the 41st mille A terrifying collection of short horror stories from across the Worlds of Warhammer. An Imperial Priest extracts a monstrous confession; a widower embarks on a doomed pilgrimage; a witch hunter returns to the place of his nightmares… Invocations is Black Library’s second Warhammer Horror anthology, featuring more short stories set in the chilling hellscape of the 41st millennium and the arcane gloom of the Mortal Realms. From the whispering corridors of abandoned hospitals to the shrieking dungeons of ghostly castles, this collection of sinister stories further explores the unspeakable evil at large in the Warhammer worlds. Contains the following stories; Lora Gray - He Feasts Forever Ray Cluley - Flesh and Blood Richard Strachan - The Growing Seasons David Annandale - The Hunt Steven Sheil - The Healer Nick Kyme - Stitches Peter McLean - Blood Sacrifice Jake Ozga - Supplication David Annandale - The Summons of Shadows C. L. Werner - A Sending from the Grave David Annandale - From the Halls, the Silence Justin D. Hill - The Confession of Convict Kline  

30 review for Invocations

  1. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    I received a copy of Invocations through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Invocations is a collection of short stories from the Warhammer universe. But there's a slight twist. These are all specifically from the Horror side of the Warhammer world, and they all certainly fit the bill. A bunch of different authors got together to make this collection what it is. And the end result is something truly chilling. Lora Gray, Ray Cluley, Richard Strachan, David Annandale (he actuall I received a copy of Invocations through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Invocations is a collection of short stories from the Warhammer universe. But there's a slight twist. These are all specifically from the Horror side of the Warhammer world, and they all certainly fit the bill. A bunch of different authors got together to make this collection what it is. And the end result is something truly chilling. Lora Gray, Ray Cluley, Richard Strachan, David Annandale (he actually wrote three), Steven Sheil, Nick Kyme, Peter McLean, Jake Ozga, C. L. Werner, Justin D. Hill all wrote short stories for this collection...and they are memorable ones, to put it mildly. Individual reviews of each short story can be found below. I adored this collection of shorts. They were terrifying and bone-chilling. They were graphic when needed, or unafraid to rely on imaginations at times. In short, they were as varied as they were dark – which is saying something. The Hunt by David Annandale The Hunt is the first short story in this collection, and it's the first of three written by David Annandale. This piece truly sets the tone for the entire collection. It's chilling, and more than a little bit disturbing. This is the tale of a man haunted by his past. So haunted that he isn't at all surprised by what comes for him. In fact, he makes some naturally obvious conclusions about the reason why he's being hunted. As a start of this collection, this short story was seriously bone-chilling. In some ways, it felt like Warhammer's version of the Cask of Amontillado. And I absolutely adore that. More of this, please! The Confession of Convict Kline by Justin D. Hill While the Hunt set the tone for the collection, The Confession of Convict Kline truly freaked me out. It's a chilling tale, taking it's time to set the scene before diving into the horrors within. Okay, that's not entirely true – the scene itself is fairly horrifying. It just manages to surpass itself by the end. Justin D. Hill wrote an elaborate tale here, which is impressive given how short it is, relatively speaking. His words seem to pop off the page, which is slightly terrifying, given what is happening. The tale that unfolds is of Confessor Thanaton and his terrifying abnormal day. Though even his normal day would be terrifying to most of us. He Feasts Forever by Lora Gray He Feasts Forever is the third story in this collection. It is simultaneously the most brutal and ephemeral story in this collection. Lora Gray wrote a terrifying story here, one that leaves readers with so many questions. But that's okay, because I don't think we'd like the answers. Where the first two stories were chilling, falling somewhere closer to thrillers, He Feasts Forever is as graphic as it is brutal. There's no hiding from the gore within these pages. It is unashamed of what it is, and what is it? Will leave you with some nightmares. Stitches by Nick Kyme Stitches is the perfect followup to He Feasts Forever by Nick Kyme. It is also high on the end of graphic nature, but it takes a completely different turn from the last tale. Butcher is one of the many field doctors out there, and in case his name didn't give it away – he's not the sort of doctor you want to end up with. Not if you want to have a chance of surviving. But something strange happens within his tent. This strange event changes things on a permanent level for Butcher. It's just too bad he wasn't able to put the pieces of the puzzle together as quickly as his cadavers. The Healer by Steven Sheil The Healer is perhaps my favorite short story in this collection, introducing us to a tale that at first feels very different from the rest. In this scenario, there's a traveling healer. She's beloved by all the towns she passes through, as she will either heal or make comfortable all of their injured and sick. And that's so much more than they could ever hope for normally. But, this is a collection of horrors. And thus nothing is quite as it appears. What unfolds is terrifying and dark...yet it also made complete sense in the end. I loved how chilling and disturbing this one was. I loved what Steven Sheil did with this piece, and would really love to see more like it. Blood Sacrifice by Peter McLean Blood Sacrifice is a short story that lives up to its name. It's deliciously dark, while also not feeling rushed to tell its story. Instead, Peter McLean weaves us a slowly unfolding tale. One that will set you on edge as you wait for the other shoe to drop. Or at least, that was how it felt to me while I was reading. The Astra Militarum sees no end to the war. No end to the bloodshed or the dying. And thus it's the perfect setting for what is about to follow. It's dark and while not unexpected, it it still as disturbing as they come. The Growing Seasons by Richard Strachan The Growing Seasons was perhaps the most surprising short story in this collection. Perhaps that just means I need to read more Warhammer novels though, so who can say. I will say that I was delighted with the setting for this piece, and more than a little bit curious to see how it would all unfold. Richard Strachan's tale is one carefully balanced. It's the tale of a small town and a small town's superstitions. But it's also a piece of horror, showing how quickly a small town can fall to the evils of the world. Supplication by Jake Ozga Supplication was one of those tales that completely surprised me by the direction it took, and I absolutely loved that about it. It started in one manner – a dark and foreshadowing moment. And by the end managed to come up with even more surprises. And yes, they were as dark as you might expect. This is a tale of a man who lost everything to the encroaching darkness and infection of the world. He held out for as long as he could, alongside his wife. But like all dark horrors, when things go downhill, it does so quickly. From the Halls, The Silence by David Annandale From the Halls, The Silence is the second short story in this collection that was written by David Annandale, and it's dramatically different from the first piece. Personally, I really enjoyed the way this story was told. It was a tale within a tale, with the main character confessing his moment of weakness. And of his desperate hope for somebody to believe him and do what he could not, all those years ago. It was a chilling tale, for all the lack of evidence that remained about it. Or perhaps it's because of that lacking. A Sending From the Grave by C. L. Werner A Sending From the Grave is another favorite of mine from this collection. Written by C. L. Werner, it's a slow-building tale. One that takes it's time to set the scene – and telling us the whole story of the monster that hunts during the night. Having the outside perspective on this piece, it was easier to see how it all fit together. But knowing that actually made it more chilling, rather than less. It was beautifully written, designed to be as heartbreaking as it was alarming. Flesh and Blood by Ray Cluley Oh boy, Flesh and Blood was perhaps the most graphic tale in the series. But not in the literal sense. What was truly graphic was the amount that was left unsaid. Ray Cluley had a clear understanding of how strong out imaginations can be, and thus knew how to take advantage of it. This was a disturbing tale, showing how far people can go in order to try and gain their own safety. It was also a reminder that those measures will usually not work out in the long run. As evidenced by the events that unfolded here. The Summons of Shadow by David Annandale The Summons of Shadow is the final short story in this collection, and the third piece written by David Annandale. There was something so eerie and beautiful about this tale. Maltenus is a man who was willing to give everything to his empire – including his family. He rested well, thinking they were off fulfilling the duties asked of them. But then the visions begin. Slowly, with each passing hallucination (or so he hopes), Maltenus' life begins to unravel. It's a tale with a poignant reminder about knowing what to value in your life, but that just added to the impact of the tale.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael Dodd

    Black Library’s second Warhammer Horror-branded short story anthology, this features twelve stories from ten different authors, four of which have previously been released as individual digital-only shorts while the other eight are presented here for the first time. All twelve explore the darker corners of the 41st Millennium and the Mortal Realms, with established names like David Annandale, Justin D. Hill, Nick Kyme and CL Werner joined by newer (to Warhammer) but still familiar authors Lora G Black Library’s second Warhammer Horror-branded short story anthology, this features twelve stories from ten different authors, four of which have previously been released as individual digital-only shorts while the other eight are presented here for the first time. All twelve explore the darker corners of the 41st Millennium and the Mortal Realms, with established names like David Annandale, Justin D. Hill, Nick Kyme and CL Werner joined by newer (to Warhammer) but still familiar authors Lora Gray, Peter McLean and Richard Strachan. Meanwhile Ray Cluley, Jake Ozga and Steven Sheil all make their Black Library debuts. Depending on your outlook and tolerance levels, these stories aren’t necessarily overtly scary, but rather the sort that leave you feeling uncomfortable, saddened, on-edge or disturbed (sometimes all at the same time), and that stick with you for at least a while afterwards. Taken as a whole it’s not exactly an uplifting anthology, favouring a bleak and dour tone over the excitement, adventure or glory that Warhammer fiction often provides, but then that’s the point really, isn’t it? If you’re interested in exploring the sinister fringes of 40k or Age of Sigmar, chances are this excellent anthology will provide exactly what you’re looking for. Read the full review at https://www.trackofwords.com/2019/11/...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joel Harris

    Loved the stories. I dont know if this is a spoiler or not but I noticed a pattern in the stories as the anthology went along. The one about the cook was my favorite. It had an ending, that surprised me. Cant wait to read other anthologies in the warhammer horror genre.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Goran Ozanic

    A collection of Warhammer (Warhammer 40k and Age of Sigmar) horror stories. Zhis is the second one, first one being Maledictions. Overall it is a mix of one story set in Warhammer 40k and one set in Age of Sigmar setting which helps it move along and not become too boring. However I felt that the stories set in 40k setting were much better than AoS ones, I enjoyed them much more and they actually had more of a horror feeling to them. My favourite story of the collection was Blood Sacrifice by Pet A collection of Warhammer (Warhammer 40k and Age of Sigmar) horror stories. Zhis is the second one, first one being Maledictions. Overall it is a mix of one story set in Warhammer 40k and one set in Age of Sigmar setting which helps it move along and not become too boring. However I felt that the stories set in 40k setting were much better than AoS ones, I enjoyed them much more and they actually had more of a horror feeling to them. My favourite story of the collection was Blood Sacrifice by Peter McLean. This one is actually a sequel to his story from the first collection as it kept the same characters (and that one was also well done). I really like those type of stories where hardened soldiers end up in horror situations. The Growing Seasons by Richard Stratchan was also a good one, what I liked about this one that it could happen in both AoS and 40k setting and it isn't really dependent on the setting. Here I liked that hint at the end of this story about pappa Nurgle. If you are looking for a quick read of horror stories then this is a good collection. Also, I think this one was an improvement over the first one in terms of story quality. Hopefully Black Library and Games Workshop will continue with these horror collections and next one will be even better.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho

    I don't think this was the best short story compilation Black Library published. But some were really good. David Annandale the Summon of Shadows is the most depressing of the bunch. Really grimdark pointless realization of a common life in 40K world. Then he wrote more two stories both attached to The house of Night and Chain. Interesting to read but not really outstanding. Blood sacrifice by grimdark writer Peter McLean was the best overall. Unfortunately it connects to other stories and this I don't think this was the best short story compilation Black Library published. But some were really good. David Annandale the Summon of Shadows is the most depressing of the bunch. Really grimdark pointless realization of a common life in 40K world. Then he wrote more two stories both attached to The house of Night and Chain. Interesting to read but not really outstanding. Blood sacrifice by grimdark writer Peter McLean was the best overall. Unfortunately it connects to other stories and this was the "last" I think. I will have to read them all. I hope he writes a full length story in 40K (horror or not). Peter Sheil - The Healer is another good piece of Sigmar world. to a person who doesn't know that much about that world some stories can be really disconnected but this one was very good. I cannot say the same for Richard Strachan story. Wish I knew more... Supplication is a very good story as well. Flesh and Blood & A Sending from the Grave were not to my liking as Stitches by Nick Kyme. The weakest in mind opinion was Lora's He Feasts Forever. Overall, is solid intake. Not that spooky or horroful (is this a word?) but good. Maledictions rating I think.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Topcliffe

    This one took a minute as I found it very easy to put down. Even though the book had a couple of stories that I did enjoy the overall collection didn’t work (in my opinion). The reason why I enjoyed Maledictions was the variety, every story was about a different creature or xenos. Unfortunately Invocations did not follow in the same style. A little too much Age of Sigmar, Chaos and Ghouls for my liking. Nothing wrong with any of those subjects, it just felt like the collection favoured them. I’l This one took a minute as I found it very easy to put down. Even though the book had a couple of stories that I did enjoy the overall collection didn’t work (in my opinion). The reason why I enjoyed Maledictions was the variety, every story was about a different creature or xenos. Unfortunately Invocations did not follow in the same style. A little too much Age of Sigmar, Chaos and Ghouls for my liking. Nothing wrong with any of those subjects, it just felt like the collection favoured them. I’ll still end up reading the next book with hope that they bring back the tension and suspense and not just blood and gore.

  7. 4 out of 5

    D.

    Some really good stories in the Black Library and worlds for Warhammer And, because I've been gaming for 27 years, it was like saying hi to places I was familiar and happy to go back to. New perspectives, but still familiar and rich and wonderful in their own way and the horror stories are just delicious. The first sets the tone, a few are slightly weaker than the other, my favorite had to be tied between 'The summoner of shadows' and the slightly better, but only just, 'Flesh and Blood'. I rece Some really good stories in the Black Library and worlds for Warhammer And, because I've been gaming for 27 years, it was like saying hi to places I was familiar and happy to go back to. New perspectives, but still familiar and rich and wonderful in their own way and the horror stories are just delicious. The first sets the tone, a few are slightly weaker than the other, my favorite had to be tied between 'The summoner of shadows' and the slightly better, but only just, 'Flesh and Blood'. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Gottschalk

    If you like stories with happy endings, his book is not for you. All of the stories are compelling in a 'train crash' kind of way. Can't look at it, can't look away. As with most short story collections, some tales are better than others. Almost all of them are dreary and depressing. A few are faintly thought provoking. Perhaps hard core horror fans will enjoy this offering but it did not hit the spot for me. If you like stories with happy endings, his book is not for you. All of the stories are compelling in a 'train crash' kind of way. Can't look at it, can't look away. As with most short story collections, some tales are better than others. Almost all of them are dreary and depressing. A few are faintly thought provoking. Perhaps hard core horror fans will enjoy this offering but it did not hit the spot for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dan Coxon

    Some strong stories here - tales by Richard Strachan, David Annandale and Ray Cluley were the standouts - but a few too many sub-par pieces that read like fan fiction spoiled the mix slightly. The stronger stories were well crafted in their own right, and just happened to be set in the Warhammer universe; the weaker ones read as little more than a blow-by-blow account of the game. Still, some pleasant surprises made it worth reading, especially if you're a Warhammer fan. Some strong stories here - tales by Richard Strachan, David Annandale and Ray Cluley were the standouts - but a few too many sub-par pieces that read like fan fiction spoiled the mix slightly. The stronger stories were well crafted in their own right, and just happened to be set in the Warhammer universe; the weaker ones read as little more than a blow-by-blow account of the game. Still, some pleasant surprises made it worth reading, especially if you're a Warhammer fan.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mrs_Serendipitie

    C’est une bonne anthologie. Les histoires ont été bien choisies. Il y a un bon rythme. En conclusion, je dirais que si vous aimez le genre, que si vous êtes familier avec la licence Warhammer, ce livre est fait pour vous. Merci à l'éditeur et à Netgalley France pour ce service presse. Chronique sur le blog "L'antre d'une rêveuse": https://lantredunereveuse.wordpress.c... C’est une bonne anthologie. Les histoires ont été bien choisies. Il y a un bon rythme. En conclusion, je dirais que si vous aimez le genre, que si vous êtes familier avec la licence Warhammer, ce livre est fait pour vous. Merci à l'éditeur et à Netgalley France pour ce service presse. Chronique sur le blog "L'antre d'une rêveuse": https://lantredunereveuse.wordpress.c...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christian

    This was an excellent collection of frightening stories that sampled different kinds of horror from more psychological to bod horror. The stories’ shortness contributes to the joy of reading; I felt like it was eating specialty chocolates from a chocolate box. As a family man, the last story -OMG- is a hammer blow.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    A great ghoulish tome For those times when you need a good book to reveal the terrible atrocities of everyday life in the worlds games workshop has created look no further then the yearly horror series

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Alvis

    Largely a cracking collection of short stories though one did threaten at putting me to sleep. Definitely will be checking out more recent Warhammer Horror material.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Proofread

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stefan Fergus

    3.5* Really like Peter McLean's story, in particular. 3.5* Really like Peter McLean's story, in particular.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  17. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Mellado

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rich Smith

  19. 4 out of 5

    mvhmorkret

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maikel

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bostern

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Szelagowski

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mel Melkior

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jack Saunders

  27. 5 out of 5

    Frank

  28. 5 out of 5

    Coleton Winters

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michal

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katlyn Addams

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