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Andrew Standeven

Andrew Standeven is a freelance illustrator and fine artist – as well as an equestrian, historical reenactor, university librarian and FedEx courier – residing in Boston, Massachusetts. His work has appeared in many publications such as Sky & Telecope, Naval History and Cricket magazines.

Stories By Andrew Standeven

The Sad Stranger Who Illuminated Our Starlight Train

We were giddy new parents on a coastal jaunt. He was an ageless man on his third bottle of the day, and his sordid stories filled the dining car with a gravity I’ll never forget.

The Artist, the Conman and the $15 Million Fraud

From imitation Gauguins to a piece of the true cross, how two small-town crooks fooled art collectors around the world and built an epic empire of fakes.

The Mysterious Matriarch in My Mind

The steadfast image of my proud Native American great-great-great-grandmother has given me a strong sense of self for years. Does that all change if I realize that I made her up?

The Night My Parents Had Me Kidnapped

Two strangers dragged me from bed in the middle of the night and drove me into the woods. But this wasn’t a random abduction—just my ticket to a boot camp for troubled teens.

The Secret History of a Kennedy Encounter

How a secret Mediterranean meeting between JFK, Winston Churchill and a billionaire shipping magnate led to a wrinkle in the future president’s marriage—and laid the seeds of...