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

Dinner & Double Cross with the Conman

**As an opinion editorial piece, Tales From The Emperor does not reflect the views or opinions of Vital VOICE ** I’ve written extensively about the most prolific conman in the history of St. Louis, and while we hadn’t met face-to-face we’d still developed what I refer to as a Hannibal Lecter – Clarice Starling style […]

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The Politics of Pot

I feel left out of the cannabis craze sweeping the nation. All I seem to get from marijuana is paranoia, and after eating a pot caramel recently I had an experience similar to what I’d expect from LSD. My friend Wayne took me to a restaurant atop an Oklahoma City skyscraper for my birthday, and […]

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Writer Donald Miller’s Characters Inspire Threats

Artists and writers want their work to move people, but some can be moved to blind rage. Especially if they’re imbalanced to begin with. Anna Gunn, who portrayed Skylar White on Breaking Bad, received death threats because of the intense hatred some had for her character, and St. Louis based author and playwright Donald Miller found himself […]

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Six Inches of SF Real Estate

From “Tales From The Emperor,” an opinion-editorial piece In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m sharing a story about an Irishmen’s bar fight from my upcoming book, Delusions of Grandeur. I adhere to a three strikes rule regarding social invitations. If someone declines an invite three consecutive times I think it’s best to abandon the effort, otherwise it just becomes awkward. […]

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The Bishop and The Conman

When a notorious conman threatened legal action in response to my posts about his scams, a Bay Area attorney I’d never met aside from Facebook graciously offered to defend me and to vet my upcoming book, Delusions of Grandeur. I would soon learn the attorney, Joseph Paul Smith, is also the Old Catholic Bishop of […]

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