Dark Faith: Invocations Devotional – Brian Hatcher

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Dark Faith: InvocationsBrian J. Hatcher is an author, poet, and editor from Charleston WV. His work has appeared in several publications, including the Legends of the Mountain State series, the poetry anthology Leonard Cohen: You’re Our Man, the Stoker-award  winning Writers Workshop of Horror, and both Shroud and Weird Tales magazines. He was a featured author in the third edition of The Midnight Diner. He has edited two anthologies: Mountain Magic: Spellbinding Tales of Appalachia and Stories from the Hearth. You can learn more at Brian’s website: http://www.brianjhatcher.com.

Brian is the author of “The Divinity Boutique.”

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Who are you?

I’m still working on that. Some words I have used to describe who I am and what I do: writer, poet, editor, actor, performer, magician, oral storyteller. I used to say indy pro wrestling manager, before age and common sense coalesced at a point in my life where retirement seemed advisable. Mostly, I call myself a professional raconteur, because the contiguous thread in all my life’s pursuits has been in service to story.

Tell us about your story.

The Divinity Boutique is a small shop in Los Angeles when clients can purchase gods tailored to their particular needs. The protagonist, Alan Penrose, comes to the boutique with very particular needs indeed.

How does your story tie into the concept of faith?

The idea of God at its core is a personal one. While a church, sect, or entire religion might believe they pray to the same God, the God of the farmer is different than the God of the philosopher. Or the God of the hospital room. A worshipper tends to honor those aspects of God which are expedient, and yet the concept of God is not diminished.

Every year, Maurice Broaddus throws a convention in honor of himself (Mo*Con). How do you feel about this fact?

I would say the premise of this question is flawed. If Mo*Con is held in honor of anyone, it is the attendees. Maurice is the one who sweats the details (and the money), facilitates discussion, makes sure everyone is fed, and in the evening allows his home to be filled with crazy people. He has actively pursued those with ideas much different than his own and allowed them to become part of, and often lead, the discussion. I’d never seen an “atheist sermon” until I attended my first Mo*Con. I have attended three Mo*Cons, and hope to attend again in 2013, assuming I can convince Maurice to rescind my Mo*Con banishment. (It’s a long story, and I did tell a rather pernicious pun.)

Excerpt from “The Divinity Boutique”:

“You do seem a little more at ease. Good. Now that we’re settled, let’s you and I talk.”

“About my application?”

Mr. Mandrake took the manila folder from the table and began thumbing through it. “I’ve learned all I can from your application. Now I would like to learn more from you.”

“I don’t know what else I can tell you that isn’t on my application.”

“When you’ve been in this business for as long as I have, you come to understand that the truth is often obfuscated by mere facts. Knowledge cannot bring us to the heart of the truth. We realize it in other ways.”

“I’ll have no problem paying for your services, if that’s what you’re wondering.”

“Your finances are none of my concern,” said Mr. Mandrake. “Being a film producer must afford you numerous luxuries. Many individuals of means call Los Angeles home. If cost were my only consideration, my client list would be much larger than it is. What matters to us is whether or not you’re the proper client for our services.”

“I don’t follow you.”

Mr. Mandrake took a sip of tea from an old but well-maintained china teacup. “Ours is a niche market, and quite unnecessary for the common worshipper. If one wishes a feeling of community with fellow devotees, a desire to elevate one’s importance in the Universe, or the need to maintain an illusion of free will, then an off-the-rack deity is quite sufficient. A personal, individual god is unnecessary in these cases, and could very well be detrimental. The Divinity Boutique provides a vital service to those worshippers whose needs are sublime. Worshippers with special requirements. And if you are not aware of what those requirements are, then frankly you are not the type of client with whom we do business.”



Buy Dark Faith: Invocations from one of our retailers.

Don’t miss our next devotional on Monday, February 18th when LaShawn M. Wanak tells us about her story “All This Pure Light Leaking In.”

Make sure you read our past devotionals to hear what other authors from Dark Faith: Invocations are saying about their stories.

Richard Dansky

Tim Pratt

Jennifer Pelland

Richard Wright

Alma Alexander

Matt Cardin

Lavie Tidhar

Nick Mamatas

Jay Lake

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer


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