Anton Strout, USA Today best-selling author of the Spellmason Chronicles, and host/curator of the Once and Future Podcast has died suddenly at the age of 50. His passing was announced on the Twitter account for the OandF podcast, as well as Facebook posts from family and friends.
Strout was born in 1970, grew up Dalton, Massachusetts, and worked at Penguin Random House. His debut novel arrived in 2008 from Ace Books, an urban fantasy novel titled Dead to Me, which went on to spawn three sequels in the Simon Canderous series. The Once and Future Podcast launched in 2014, a passion project where readers and writers could enjoy book-centered content and discussion. The podcast has run for over 200 episodes.
Strout’s passing was confirmed on the Once and Future Podcast’s Twitter account today:
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share that our beloved host and curator of content, @antonstrout, has passed away yesterday. He loved his listeners and your loyalty and support meant the world to him.
— Once&Future Podcast (@OandFPodcast) December 31, 2020
Anton Strout was keen to help other writers learn and hone their craft, and to that end also launched a comic in 2017 called The Write Stuff. Only a few months ago, he funded a Kickstarter for an urban fantasy anthology, Claw and Order. The project received over double the funding requested, a chance to read short stories set with New York City’s DEA, or, Department of Extraordinary Affairs—a paranormal protection agency that deals in the supernatural.
Strout leaves behind his wife Orly Trieber Strout, two children, and many friends, readers, and listeners. There is a GoFundMe set up to help his family through this trying time. As of this writing, there is no word on a funeral service or memorial.