Rated 4.83/5 based on 6 reviews
What is more important? The art, or the medium used to create the art? Where does inspiration come from?

Canvas discusses a dark inspiration for the creation of works the artist considers "holy."
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  • Series: Fiends, Book 1
  • Category: Fiction » Horror » General
  • Words: 3,980
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781452327242
About Paul Cooley

Paul Elard Cooley is a software architect and writer in Houston, Texas. He is an avid open-source advocate and all his writing is done in Emacs at the console. You can find his original fiction at

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Review by: Kelli Caselman on June 17, 2010 :
Reading this story was like being a silent witness in a psychotic mind. I kept thinking, "Oh, my God!" Just keep telling yourself it isn't real.
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Review by: phantomreverie on May 10, 2010 :
Paul Cooley has a real gift for characters. What makes this story so chilling is being able to see through the eyes of his character and really get a good look inside his head. Canvas is not a hack-em, slash-em Hollywood gorefest. It is infinitely scarier and far better.
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Review by: Pons Matal on May 8, 2010 :
A must listen to story in the Fiends collection. If you liked "Tattoo" you will love this tale. And If you havent read "Tattoo" and liked this it next!
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Review by: Melania Verde on May 6, 2010 :
"Canvas" is a uniquely disturbing horror story. Rather than scare with vivid depiction or gore and monsters, it slowly builds in uneasiness up until the twisted, shocking end. Highly recommended story for all horror fans.
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Review by: Troy Tanzer on April 25, 2010 :
Great horror story without any gore. The short story progresses nicely, with a Martha Stewart beginning and slowly descends into disturbing territory. The ending is great. The development of the story is tight, and the pacing for a short story is rapid, and engaging. Well worth your time.
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Review by: Anthony on April 25, 2010 :
Being more of a fan of long novels, short stories are something I've started getting into recently. And boy, what a doozie of a twisted one to get into this style of storytelling with. It starts out as a personal look at an artist while he "talks with" his mother, or writes her a letter, about the art he's been creating. Yeah, was I ever wrong. To say that things get a bit twisted shortly after the opening would be a big understatement.

For those loving a short dose (don't know if I could take this strength much longer)of a sick and twisted storytelling, Canvas is perfect. Just make sure to play happy music and leave the lights on while reading. It doesn't really help, but it helps keeps the closet monster at bay for the duration.
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