Orrin Grey

Orrin Grey is the author of Guignol and Other Sardonic Tales and Painted Monsters and Other Strange Beasts, among others. His stories of monsters, ghosts, and sometimes the ghosts of monsters have appeared in dozens of anthologies, including Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year.

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