Another Serialized Novel on Substack

S. E. Wigget
2 min readDec 1, 2023

Today I’ll begin serially publishing another novel, The Vanquished and the Surviving, on my Substack, Whimsical Words. Chapter One will be free to all subscribers.

Here’s a photo I took in Portland, Oregon on a cloudy night.

I began writing about “a slightly different Regency England” with faeries, ghosts, demons, and vampires back in the 1990s. I’d been writing neurotic short stories, often with autobiographical elements, and I decided I wanted to write something fun. “Fun” turned out to be gothic, dark fantasy about the Montmorency twins, Margot and Roland, and their social circle.

The protagonist of The Vanquished and the Surviving is their cousin, Vincent, and the novel is based on a dream. That’s right: my subconscious made this up.

The Vanquished and the Surviving

In a slightly different Regency England, Vincent de Montmorency leaves a theater with his brother, Nathaniel, who disappears before his eyes. A suspicious lady and gentleman drag Vincent into their barouche and claim to have consumed Nathaniel’s soul and intend to do the same to Vincent. The couple spontaneously combusts inside the carriage. Cloaked figures accuse Vincent of killing them and take him away. He must spend years imprisoned in a tower, while a hostile tutor trains him to suppress the new Sensitive ability he doesn’t want. But who are these cloaked figures who capture “dangerous” Sensitives, what has Nathaniel to do with them, who is Cornelius Fawlkin, and how can the sinister organization be stopped?

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About me

I have an MS in Writing from Portland State University and a BA in Creative Writing. Cloaked Press published my story “Theater Patron” in Kaleidoscope — a Queer Anthology. Sirens Call Magazine published my story “Starless Night” in their Spring 2022 issue. My poem “Bonsai Tree” appeared in Grim & Gilded’s special Roe issue. I’ve had stories published in online magazines Variety Pack, Augustcutter, and Aphelion Webzine. My novel Skeleton from the Closet, my series Rowanwick Witches, and my travel memoir Every Day is Magical: A Buddhist Pilgrimage in India and Nepal are available on

Violet & Steampunk Boy, my favorite book (volume 3) in my middle grade fantasy series Rowanwick Witches, is available here:



S. E. Wigget

Outside Medium, I mostly write fiction, especially paranormal and historical fantasy, under either S. E. Wigget or Susan E. Wigget.