Thomas Gaffney

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Thomas Gaffney (he/him) grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He started writing as a kid, making his own comic books and Choose Your Own Adventure® stories for the neighbors. But then he fell in love with all things horror while reading a beat-up copy of Stephen King’s IT that his mother brought home in a grab bag of used books. After surviving twelve years of Catholic school, Gaffney embarked on several careers—computer programmer, barista, account manager—that allowed him to explore the Philly suburbs and meet an eclectic array of people and personalities that have made their way into his stories. Much like Henry Bemis in the Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough at Last,” Gaffney considers himself “a bookish little man whose passion is th ...more

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Stranger Things Have Happened

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My first ever story bought and published by someone other than me. I can now remove the "self-published" part and just call myself an author. I wrote this for my Creative Writing classes at SNHU and shopped it around after feedback from my instructor and classmates. It's free! Go give it a read! You can find it on Theme of Absence, here: Read more of this blog post »
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“Because if you don't stand up for the stuff you don't like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you've already lost.”
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