Author Archives: Chris Andoe

About Chris Andoe

Chris Andoe

In the preface of his critically acclaimed book Delusions of Grandeur: A Few Hundred Tales From the Emperor of St. Louis, Metrosource NYC editor Paul Hagen writes, "Chris's writing - in particular his chronicles of the goings on in around St. Louis - had the urgency of a journalist embedded in a war zone...He opened doors to a world of people with multiple aliases and secret identities, sinister perpetrators of long cons, and drag performers who embody every aspect of the world legendary." Andoe's long-running "Tales From the Emperor" column in Vital VOICE attracts an international following. When he's not writing or touring, his interests include politics, climbing through abandoned buildings and knocking wigs back.

Chris Andoe

The Emperor’s Exit

**As an opinion editorial piece, Tales From The Emperor does not reflect the views or opinions of Vital VOICE ** I’m a loyal guy. Back in 1993 a friend helped me move when I was in a bind, and to this day drinks are on me when I see him out. As a freelance writer I’ve written […]

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Death Becomes Her: Alton’s Mistress of the Macabre

In the 1940s, when other little girls were playing house, Janet Kolar was playing funeral home. “Whenever I’d find a dead bird or squirrel I’d plan an elaborate funeral where I’d wrap the animal in lace and have the neighborhood children march in the procession,” Kolar begins. “Our family lived in the West End, in […]

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Author T. Daniel Wright Explores ‘Gentle Bluntness’ in New Novel

After years working in the film industry, author T. Daniel Wright put his career on hold, moved from Los Angeles to Kansas City, and completed his debut novel, Lost Cain, which is getting rave reviews. Patrick Thomas from the prestigious press, Milkweed, said: “Wright’s conjuring of such a massive point of turning in American culture […]

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Ol’ Speedbump Sally

During dinner with my friend Rick, I noticed his unusual tee shirt, which featured car icons running over person icons. He explained there’s an exclusive club in St. Louis for guys who’ve ran over an infamous queen known as Speedbump Sally. According to members of the club, Sally’s a volatile, angry drunk, and when you […]

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After The Gayborhood

The Great Purge Think of the faces that define your city. Those iconic personalities: the entertainers, the organizers, the politicos, and now imagine your region has become so unlivable most of them begin a mass exodus alongside many of your friends and neighbors. That’s exactly what’s happening in our nation’s coastal capitals, chief among them […]

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