The Slightly Ignominious End To The Legend Of Black Annis
The Slightly Ignominious End To The Legend Of Black Annis
Author Derek Landy
Cover Artist None
Date Published 2010
Date Set In Post-October 2008
Publisher HarperCollins
No. of pages 25 approx.
Publication Order
Preceded by
The Faceless Ones
Followed by
Dark Days

"The Slightly Ignominious End To The Legend Of Black Annis" is the third short story in the series. It is set a few months after the third book. It was republished in 2014 in Armageddon Outta Here.


The story starts with Black Annis talking about her childhood, and how she had eaten all the members of her childhood village by the time she was twenty. She spots a rat by the mouth of her home- a cave. She eats it quickly and hears clattering. It's her "pet" for loss of a better word-Scrannel. Annis expects him to have someone she could eat, but he returns empty handed. Annis gets angry and points out that he cannot catch someone because his armour makes a lot of noise.

Scrannel says he thinks he was followed by someone with blonde hair. He thinks she was just a jogger but Annis proves him wrong when Tanith Low appears at the mouth of the cave. Scrannel runs to attack Tanith but she just slaps him aside. Tanith introduces herself to Annis. Annis' teeth and nails start to grow along with her skin turning blue. Tanith tries to arrest Annis but the latter merely laughs. Scrannel wakes up and tries going at Tanith again but she strikes him down again.

Annis swipes at Tanith with her long nails, but Tanith uses her sword to block the attack. The fight for a while, until Tanith hits Annis in the back of the leg, making her fall down. Tanith ties a thick rope to Annis' ankle and remarks on how light the sky is getting. Tanith says that the other end of the rope is tied to a tractor, driven by a farmer slowly out of the cave. This worries Annis since sunlight makes her turn to stone for eternity. Annis tries to cut the rope, but her nails were rendered blunt due to slashing at the cave wall repeatedly. Annis agrees to be arrested before she is dragged out of the cave. Tanith puts shackles on her and puts a sack on her head to stop the sunlight from getting to her. Both of them walk out, leaving Scrannel asleep on the cave floor.


  • Black Annis would later be recruited by Tanith Low during the Maleficent Seven. The two acknowledged the events of this story.
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