Author Archives: Anton Cancre

The World’s End: Mid-Life Crisis of Faith? (spoilers included)

  Okay, folks, I’m going to try something here. I hope you’ve seen The World’s End by this point. You have, haven’t you? The last entry in Edgard Wright and Simon Pegg’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy? You really should see it. It’s a good time. Also, I’m about to spoil the ever loving shit out of it in a moment here, so I suggest watching the movie first. I don’t think this entry will go … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Walls of the Castle – Author Tom Piccirilli

“He’d been waiting for the chance to cut somebody, to chop somebody up, to move up from steak and veal and pork ribs. Killer for morality, murderer for God, vicious for middle class America. Everybody just wanted the self-righteous excuse to maul somebody else, to threaten, to scare somebody the way they’d been scared their entire lives.” I remember a couple years ago at Mo*Con, hearing Gary Braunbeck relate a bit of Piccirilli lore. Apparently, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Odd Men Out – Author Matt Betts

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“Look around you. You’re on a military vehicle. They said it themselves- they fight people. That seems to run counter to keeping you safe and my blood inside of my body.” I’m not a good cook. It took me far too long to learn that, no matter how awesome chorizo, oregano, cabbage and mangos are, they shouldn’t go in my French toast. The tastes will fight each other for attention, not allowing me to taste … Continue reading

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Check Your Health Insurance, D.O.A.II is Coming

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To paraphrase a high pitched nutcase from a rather rowdy clan, I tend to enjoy getting a bit f*cked up, then partaking in actions and events that are of an equal condition. Okay, maybe more than just a bit. Why am I telling you this? More importantly, why should you care? Because, if you’re like me, then you should be fairly excited about some f*cked up shit Blood Bound Books has coming your way via … Continue reading

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Interview: Nayad A Monroe – Editor (What Fates Impose)

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At this year’s Mo*Con, I had a chance to meet and chat with writer, editor and one time reader for Clarkesworld Magazine, Nayad A. Monroe. What struck me at the time was the passion and excitement that poured from her when discussion literary matters. Over the course of the discussion, it became clear to me that this is a lady that knows her shit and has a very clear vision of what she wants to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Throne of the Crescent Moon – Author Saladin Ahmed

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By and large, fantasy bores me. The biggest issue I have is that there so rarely appears to be any actual fantasizing involved anymore. For every shinning jewel of Abarat, there is some trite tales of elves, dwarves, dragons and wizards. Plus, I could not give the slightest fart in the wind about the maneuverings and machinations of the great. Kings, Lords, Lordlings and all can rot in my not remotely humble opinion. Luckily for … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Last Whisper in the Dark – Author Tom Piccirilli

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My Mother had never turned her back on anyone in the family for a minute. I swallowed down a surge of hatred for her parents. I wanted to meet these people. Along with that came a vague anger toward my father for falling in love with her and stealing her away.My Mother had never turned her back on anyone in the family for a minute. I swallowed down a surge of hatred for her parents. … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Last Kind Words – Author Tom Piccirilli

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“The last kind words ever spoken to Jesus were spoken by a thief.” Normally, I’d start off with some kind of hook, a generalized statement that ties into my feelings about the book being reviewed. Summary. A well reasoned list of pro’s and con’s. Professional and clean, if a bit self-conscious at times. That’s not what you’re getting today, because this isn’t that kind of book.

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Jason Vorhees: Superhero for the Socially Inept

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The existence of hero worship aimed at some of the monsters of horror films is something that is often looked at with dismay if not complete and total disgust by many people outside of the horror community. Hell, it’s looked at that way by many of the people WITHIN the horror community. Why would someone venerate a serial killer, a brutal slayer of innocents? Surely these people must be antisocial, psychotic or simply outright homicidal… … Continue reading

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Book Review: Plow the Bones – Author Douglas Warrick

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A common complaint in the genre is that Weird Fiction is no longer weird. That Speculative Fiction no longer speculates. Instead of the bright, dimensional boundary shattering work that started the genres, we’re getting stale, staid and bland rehashes that stick to the established formulas. Nearly every fantasy is a copy of either Tolkein or Howard. Far too much Sci-fi is trying to be Herbert, Asimov or Heinlein. And if I get one more f*cking … Continue reading

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The Simplicity of Evil in Tom Piccirilli’s The Dead Letters

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The Last Whisper in the Dark (his followup to The Last Kind Words), I thought it might be nice to take a look aback at one of my favorite books from the man. Then tear the flesh off its bones so I can watch its heart beat while all joy flutters away. I tend to do those this. Of course, since I’m analyzing the work, there will be massive spoilers. Please buy the book and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Life Rage – Author L.L. Soares

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“I hear all this bullshit about road rage, air rage, black rage, white rage, male rage, female rage, kid rage. Fuck, man, I got f*cking life rage. Just being alive makes me pissed off all the f*cking time.” Modern Society seems to leave many of us just plain pissed off most of the time. Maybe it has to do with the lack of much honest to goodness fighting or flighting, resulting in too much adrenaline … Continue reading

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Brilliant, Fleshy Gems: Finding Value in Gore and the Gross Out

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We’ve all read the Stephen King hierarchy: going first for terror, then the scare, then, if all else fails, the gross out. It’s a too-oft spoken rule, so much so that it is taken for granted. Even in the horror community, where we certainly do love our greasy, grimy gopher guts, i’ s agreed that gore and the gross out are cheap tools of shock only to be used by the talentless or when no … Continue reading

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Book Review: What Makes You Die – Author Tom Piccirilli

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“TO SEE MORE IS TO FIND OBLIVION. THIS IS WHAT MAKES YOU DIE.” Because it always feels so personal, it’s hard to separate Piccirilli’s work from the man himself. It certainly doesn’t help the situation when he names his first person narrator Tommy Pic. Of course, he knows that and I’m fairly certain that the bastard is intentionally messing with us (or, more pointedly, me)). Of course, nothing seems particularly clear for Tommy, either. Ever … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sidekicks! – Editor Sarah Hans

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“I’m no Hero,” she repeated. “Real Heroes die young. Their too honest, too good. I can’t help playing dirty. That’s why I’m just a sidekick.” She shrugged. “At least I get to live.” -“Worthy”, M.E. Garber When someone decides to write about a sidekick, they’re deciding to write a different kind of story. It isn’t going to be about glory but it might be about honor. It won’t be about power, or at least not … Continue reading

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Millennicon 27: Adventures of a Horror Dork in Sci-Fi-dom

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As I write this, Horrorhound Cincinnati is going on about 5 miles from me. While some greats are there, like Sergio Stivaletti, Tom Di Zarn and Charles band are there, I am not. Why, you ask, would a dork of horror such as yourself miss such an illustrious gathering? Simply put, I spent all my money at Millenicon and I couldn’t be happier. If you don’t already know, Millenicon is a Speculative Fiction convention run … Continue reading

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About Anton Cancre

Anton Cancre is one of those rotting, pus-filled thingies on the underside of humanity that your mother always warned you about. He has oozed symbolic word-farms onto the pages of DEAD SOULS, THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE and D.O.A. II as well as continuing to vomit his oh-so-astute literary opinions, random thoughts and nonsense at antoncancre.blogspot.com. No, he will most definitely not watch your pet shoggoth this weekend, but he is interested in taking that new brain case for a spin through the cosmos.
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