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Dedicated to my wife and all the sleepless nights.

A parasite can be an animal, a disease, a place, or an idea. It's anything that takes without giving back. When it came time to name this collection the word parasite stood out to me. I had originally thought each story was about isolation, but after revisiting them prior to publishing this anthology I realized that they're about something worse. It's one thing to be alone, it's something else to be alone and drained. These stories are claustrophobic. Writing them has helped me confront some of my darkest fears. 

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