I write dark psychological fiction for people who love watching their favorite characters suffer.

I've been publishing fiction for more than a decade (dark urban fantasy suspense as Z.J. Cannon, dystopian novels and multi-genre short stories as Zoe Cannon). In that time, I've published more than two dozen novels and 50+ short stories. I'm taking a year away from my usual forms of publishing to recover my writing voice, and to gain some distance from the unhealthy-for-me attitudes toward fiction with niche appeal in some corners of the indie-author world.

I mostly write sci-fi and fantasy with suspense elements, set in or near the present day. Low to no romance, moderate violence, ultra high angst and pain (both physical and psychological).

Everything I plan to post here falls squarely into the whump genre. For the whump fans, these are the main tropes I write: interrogations, spy whump, lab whump, defiant/stoic whumpees, death whump, aftermath of trauma, ineffective caretaking, morally complex whumpers and whumpees, all genders of whumper and whumpee.

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  • JoinedFebruary 5, 2024



Stories by Z J Cannon
Unseen by ZJCannon
Unseen
A living weapon in a gilded cage... When the head of the Couvillion Syndicate dies unexpectedly, his ruthless...
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Obscure by ZJCannon
Obscure
Forgetting is dangerous. Remembering is deadly. Elias: the man sitting handcuffed in an interrogation room de...
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