by Allyson Dempsey I built a boy from clay. Breathed life into his body. Named my son Pinocchio and taught him not to lie. It is as easy as it seems, to turn wolves into dogs. Beat them into obedience. Make them think they’re loved. I made a dreadful mistake, though: by teaching my creations to be true. Now, all they do is mock me: howling at the moon.
Allyson Dempsey is a senior from Charleston WV with a dual-major in English and Gender studies. They have been a member of The Vandalia Staff for four years, and are amazingly proud of how the journal has grown and evolved over the years. They thank everyone for their support, and are excited to see where the journal goes from here. The past few years have been amazing, and while they are sad to be leaving, they want to wish everyone a happy life.