Author Archives: Anton Cancre

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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Book Review: The Speed of Dark – Author Elizabeth Moon

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“Out there is the dark: the dark we don’t know about yet. It is always there waiting; it is, in that sense, always ahead of the light… I will never come to that end, chasing the light. Now I get to ask the questions.” Most of us, if presented with the option of fundamentally changing who we are, what makes us ourselves, would automatically decline. The importance of individualism, the idea that what makes us … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #2: The Slither Sisters – Author Charles Gilman

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Robert Arthur is finally starting to settle in at Lovecraft Middle School. He’s managed to secure a solid friendship with the boy who once demanded a regular “dweeb tax”, found a new two headed rat for a pet and enjoys the company of the lovely, if slightly dead, school ghost. All while defeating the plans of an evil outer being posing as a science teacher (aren’t they all?). But now Sarah and Sylvia Price have … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School 1: Professor Gargoyle – Author Charles Gilman

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Tales from Lovecraft Middle School: Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman Quirk Books “Hang on a second,” Glenn said, “I’m going to tell you a story.” He flipped to a passage in the middle of the book. “Deph-pha. Ctzelzog. Enorhula-tu.” He was stumbling over the words; they were impossible to pronounce. “Is this French or something? Who talks this way?” Arguably, Lovecraft’s menagerie of goopy-grimy betentacled and befouled beasties are on the path to becoming the … Continue reading

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Book Review: New Moon on the Water – Author Mort Castle

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“I’m Scared,” she says. “You don’t think so, maybe, but I am. I’m scared a lot now, even when there’s no reason.” I tell her she’ll get over it with time. I say, “It’s all right.” Scared. I do not tell her, I understand. I do not say, I think maybe we all are. All the time. I bought the original edition of Moon on the Water on a whim, back in the days when … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Short Stay in Hell – Author Steven L. Peck

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“Where do all the things you believed go, when all the supporting structure is found to be a myth?  How do you know how or on what to take a moral stand, how d you behave when it turns out there are no cosmic rules, no categorical imperatives? Creating a viable, entertaining narrative that exists solely to expound on some philosophical idea or ideal is a tricky business. Especially if you are trying to entertain … Continue reading

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Music Review: Aesthetic Perfection – All Beauty Destroyed

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Given that A Violent Emotion quickly became a staple and almost immediate classic of the aggrotech scene, AP has a high bar to step up to. Overall, I think All Beauty Destroyed is an okay followup, but is too focused on playing it safe vocally while buying into worn out tropes of the genre. The music is about what you’d expect: distorted beats and blaring synths. Graves keeps a nice balance between dancability and aggression, but … Continue reading

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Book Review: Orgy of Souls – Wrath James White, Maurice Broaddus

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ORGY OF SOULS Written by Wrath James White and Maurice Broaddus Published by Apex Publications Publication Date: 2008 Format: Black & White – 138 pages Price: $13.95 ’Why won’t you answer me?’ ‘Not enough,’ a voice finally murmured and extinguished the candles. Samson collapsed into an exhausted heap of spent flesh. ‘I’ve failed.’ ‘Twenty for one. Their blood must be spilled for the covenant to be made.’ Samson shivered as the meaning of the words sank … Continue reading

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Book Review: Switchblade Goddess – Author Lucy Snyder

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“Once you been noticed by the gods- and believe me, Jessie, you’ve been noticed all right- you have to choose your alliances carefully. There are wars going on right now with stakes and consequences you can’t even imagine. Every human is born to die, but people are good at making new people; humanity will continue no matter how many souls I take. So my murdering of another little town isn’t what you should be afraid … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Amazing, Incredible, Shrinking, Colossal, Bikini-Crazed Creature from Public Domain – Author E. Mitchell

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THE AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, SHRINKING, COLOSSAL, BIKINI-CRAZED CREATURE FROM THE PUBLIC DOMAIN Author E. Mitchell Published by Outskirts Press Publication Date: 2009 Format: B&W – 124 pages Price: $10.95 ”I am a man of science. To bore you with the tales of hedonism I have witnessed firsthand, the besotted days amidst the worlds most pulsating pleasure pastorals would be a precious waste of CO2, or, in layman’s terms: breath. The detailed minutiae of my scientific research … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Flesh of Fallen Angels – Authors Roy C. Booth | R. Thomas Riley

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I remember, back in the idealized olden days of yore long forgotten (hence the idealization) by aging brain cells, when you new exactly what you were getting when you picked up a western. Men being men while hunting down the other men who done took their wife or town hostage. Outlaws. Gun slinging sheriffs. Whore houses in trouble. It was a simpler time. Then came these new fangled weird westerns, with their space ships and … Continue reading

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Book Review: D.O.A.: Extreme Horror Collection – Editors: David B. Hayes and Jack Burton

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Full disclosure: I submitted to this anthology and was rejected. On the other hand, my wife, who allows me access to all her soft and naughty bits, has a story on display within its pages. My hope is that the two cancel each other out and leave a relative sense of objectivity to my review. Just wanted to warn you. Any time you call something “extreme” or “shocking” or any of those clichéd catch-phrases, you … Continue reading

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Book Review: Horror Mavericks – Author Danny Draven

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“A big film that has the luxury of a $150 million ad budget will certainly educate the public as to what the title means or what kind of film it is. But when you have no money and you’re at the video store or scrolling down the menu on iTunes or Apple TV, the title has to be understandable so people get it. If you can tell a story without even a log line, you’ve … Continue reading

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Book Review: Aleric – Monster Hunter – Author Fred Wiehe

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“A disquiet hush clung to the medical clinic, as if in actuality it were a mortuary rather than a place of healing. Dr. Ratterman prowled the deserted hallway like an undertaker afraid of waking the dead entrusted to his care. The last patient had left. Both nurse and receptionist had gone home. Only the doctor and the demons that possessed him remained.” What would your response be if I told you about a story including … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blood Society – Author Jeffery Thomas

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Blood Society Author: Jeffery Thomas Publisher: Necro Publications Price: $17.99 It’s tempting to start off with a trite rant about how defanged and bloodless vampire stories have become, but Blood Society isn’t really about vampires. I don’t just mean in the sense that we never truly know what protagonist Dragna and his ilk are; the monsters simply are not the focus. This is more of a traditional gangster story with the presence of vampires being … Continue reading

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Book Review: Abarat – Absolute Midnight – Author Clive Barker

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Abarat – Absolute Midnight – Author Clive Barker Here was the mystery of creation, played out on a field of dirt and desperation. Candy could see it, this mystery. It was happening all around her. Out of the common earth of living beings, fragile and afraid, came the extrodinary forms of the glyph beyond conceiving of any single mind. She heard the voices of her fellow prisoners, daring to hope aloud; one voice whispering a … 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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