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Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

Teenage Witches in Volatile Figments

| July 18, 2019

Sometimes, the inspiration for one of my stories comes from a meme. There was a meme going around a while ago (which, of course, I can’t find now) that said something along the lines of, “sure, everyone wants me to have school spirit, but when I summon spirits in the gym, that’s going too far.” […]

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 […]

Volatile Figments: A Different Shade of Darkness

| March 19, 2019

One of the stories in Volatile Figments that I had a lot of fun writing was “Miasma.” It drew upon my time at universities, my theatre involvement, and The King in Yellow. For those unfamiliar with the last of those things, Robert W. Chambers wrote a collection of short stories called The King in Yellow, four of […]

Winter Reads: Volatile Figments

| December 11, 2018

If you like your holiday reading on the darker side of things, check out my short story collection, Volatile Figments. Within, you’ll find six short stories in the dark contemporary fantasy camp. The description for this book reads: Dani finds the new director in her college theater department more than a little unnerving, but she has […]

Spooky Reads for Halloween: Volatile Figments

| October 25, 2018

If you’re looking for something to read as Halloween approaches, or perhaps in between trick or treaters on Halloween itself, check out Volatile Figments. It’s six short stories with a darker bent to them, including stories featuring witches, ghouls, ghosts, elder gods, psychics, and creepy muses, all with female protagonists. From the description on Amazon: […]

FREE Short Story Collections!

| July 19, 2018

Three of the collections of my short stories that I’ve published through DefCon One Publishing are available for FREE this month through Smashwords! If you’ve been thinking about picking up one (or more) of them, now is the time to do it! Through the end of the month, you can get Heroes of Necessity, Unfixed Timelines, […]

Volatile Figments: The Less Spooky

| February 20, 2018

While most of the stories that appear in Volatile Figments are pretty spooky, the least spooky of the bunch is probably “Justice is Blind.” There’s a girl with psychic powers and a doctor doing unethical experimentation, but there aren’t really any creepy critters lurking in the shadows. It’s much more about human beings. That doesn’t keep […]

An Offer for New Patreon Backers

| October 26, 2017

Have you checked out my Patreon recently? No? What’s keeping you? If it sweetens the pot, here’s a little deal for you! Any new backers who pledge at the $3 a month or higher level before October 31st will get a copy of my latest collection, Volatile Figments. This already went out to my existing backers, […]

Volatile Figments: Ghosts and Things that Go Bump in the Night

| October 12, 2017

While only one of the stories in Volatile Figments features a ghost character, several of the stories are about unusual things that go bump in the night, like the servants of elder gods and entities that may or may not be muses. “One for Every Year” is told from the perspective of an ageless ghost who […]

More Spooky Reads: Volatile Figments is live!

| October 10, 2017

It’s release day for Volatile Figments, my collection of dark contemporary fantasy (with a little bit of horror) short stories! These are great stories for reading as you get ready for Halloween. Some are less spooky than others, but there are witches, ghouls, ghosts, elder gods, psychics, and creepy muses aplenty! Several of the stories in […]