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About Christopher Degni
Christopher Degni writes about the magic and the horror that lurk just under the surface of everyday life. He lives south of Boston with his wife (and his demons, though we don't talk about those). You can find his stories in 99 Tiny Terrors, Sherlock Holmes and the Occult Detectives, Deadman Humour: 13 Fears of a Clown, and As You Wish! He’s a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. You can contact him at the.writer.ced(at)gmail.com.
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