Zanders the Magnificent at Fireside Magazine

My short story “Zanders the Magnificent” is out now in Fireside Magazine Issue 21, and it’s free for you to read online! This one’s a really fun horror story. Editor Brian White called it “shiver-creepy.” I hope you like it too!

Check out this stellar "Zanders the Magnificent" artwork by Galen Dara! Lucky, lucky me!

A portion of Galen Dara’s stellar illustration for “Zanders the Magnificent” is on the cover of this issue! Visit my story to see the full (and truly spectacular) image. Lucky, lucky me!

“My handsome, darling boys,” Mrs. Zander said, placing a hand on each of their shoulders. “Which one of you wants to be alive today?”

To get into the mood for this one, I’ve been blogging Zanders-themed posts on my tumblr for the past two weeks. You can see almost all of them right on the first page (which also includes some not safe for work images, so click with care) if you feel like taking a look. I think it’s fun before or after reading “Zanders the Magnificent”! Here’s the opening line for a teaser! –>

Issue 21 is free to read online, but Fireside Fiction is an awesome company and there are several ways you can support them! You can subscribe, buy back issues, or donate. They champion fair pay for their authors and artists, which is so important for writers like myself! And you’re getting a great value, because they publish the likes of Chuck Wendig, Lilith Saintcrow, and Stephen Blackmoore. As they say: Many genres. No limits. Just good stories.

I’m thrilled to be included in their lineup this issue. I hope you’ll take time to go read “Zanders the Magnificent” and checkout all Fireside has to offer.

Thank you all for your support. Have a wonderful (dare I say magnificent?) week!

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  • Regina Richards

    Wow! Love the illustration. Can’t wait to read the story. Congratulations, Annie!

    • Thanks, Regina! I’m absolutely smitten with that illustration. I never dreamed it would be SO perfect for my story. Galen Dara is very talented!

  • I would say that story is definitely “shiver-creepy,” and I loved it! I knew a twist was coming, but you totally surprised me with what it was. Great work! 🙂

  • A. B. Davis

    Wow, Annie. Just wow. Loved the atmosphere, and I especially LOVED the scene with Robby walking to the bus when everything came together for me. THAT made me shiver. And Galen Dara’s illustration is absolutely…magnificent. 😉

  • Peggy

    What a great short story!!! This is so much fun to read and so disturbingly chilling! And the illustration is magnificent!!!

    • Thank you so much! I love the illustration too. There’s so much attention to detail!

  • Cool! Heading over!

  • I’m back . . . holy moly creepy and so good. I was totally into that–rapt, I would say. Is that the right word? And I totally did not see that ending coming. Beautifully illustrated, too.

    • Awesome! I didn’t have you pegged for liking a horror story. 🙂 Thank you so much, Nina!

  • Cynthia Robertson

    Congratulations, Annie. Fun story!
    The illustration is gorgeous.

  • AndreaBlythe

    Congrats on the publication! I’m looking forward to reading it. 🙂

  • jclementwall

    LOVED that story! Creepy in the best possible way. And, yes the illustration is perfect too.