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Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

A Creepy Tale of a Ghoul

| November 21, 2019

One of the stories in Volatile Figments is “After School Special,” and it’s about a ghoul and her best friend. At the beginning of the story, the two girls have drifted apart, due to one of them moving away. When she gets back to her old school, things have changed a lot. She doesn’t realize just […]

Fun for Friday: Scary Story Prompts

| October 4, 2019

With it being October, it’s time for some spooky story prompts. As a warning, if you scare easily, you might want to skip these links. Here, you can find 101 terrifying horror story prompts in a general list, and here, you can find 101 MORE terrifying horror story prompts in various categories, some of which […]

Review of Tales for the Camp Fire

| August 21, 2019

Tales for the Camp Fire is a charity anthology for the victims of the November 2018 fire that destroyed the town of Paradise, California. You can read my review of this horror collection at Mad Scientist Journal, or buy a copy online!

A Story from a Spooky Camp

| July 16, 2019

If you’ve got some extra time for reading this summer, and you like your summer reads to be spooky, check out Camp Haunt! Camp Haunt grew out of my love for going to camp in the summers of my childhood, combined with a love for all of the creepy things that COULD happen at a […]

Volatile Figments: Darkness, Light, and Muses?

| May 28, 2019

One of the stories in Volatile Figments, “Terpsichore,” started out when I realized how creepy a dance studio looks when it’s dark and there’s only a small source of light reflecting off the mirrors. From there, it spun into a ritual performed in a dance studio, and the creepy aftermath. At only 928 words, “Terpsichore” is […]

Ready to be Scared of Summer Camp?

| March 21, 2019

Summer camp can be a scary experience for those who have never gone before, and even some veterans of the camp experience. In my serial novella, Camp Haunt, things are scarier than normal for the campers at Camp Fairmarsh, where all sorts of weird things are happening in the summer of 2003. Told as a […]

Winter Reads: Seasons of Horror by Lucinda Gunnin

| January 9, 2019

I’m surrounded by tons of talented writers, both in Seattle and across the world (nearby through the power of the internet). My best friend lives almost as far across the country as she can from me (because we both want excuses to visit the opposite coast now and then). She’s also a writer who got […]

Winter Reads: Camp Haunt

| January 8, 2019

If your reading preferences lean toward the spooky and episodic, have you checked out Camp Haunt? Written as a series of diary entries, letters, and other documents from an all-girls summer camp in the early 2000s, Camp Haunt will deliver both of those things! It’s available exclusively by subscription at Channillo!

Fun for Friday: Creepy Photo Prompt

| July 13, 2018

While not everyone will find this photograph of an abandoned bus in the woods creepy, I think this photo prompt is a horror story waiting to happen! Take a look, and see what it inspires in you!

Review of An Aberrant Mind by Ken MacGregor

| May 23, 2018

This week at Mad Scientist Journal, I reviewed a book that’s a little outside of my normal reading. An Aberrant Mind by Ken MacGregor is a collection of horror short stories, not for the faint of heart. The good news is that it didn’t give my nightmares! Some of the stories are more funny than scary, and […]