Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



Committee Director

John McManus

Committee Member

Delores Phillips

Committee Member

A.J. Nolan


The thesis herein attempts to traverse, overcome, and, ultimately subsume back into the conventions of such genres as science-fiction, fabulism, surrealism, romance, horror, and speculative fiction. The primary tool used for this purpose is a great bag of hot, sparking meat caught between two ears and a thick skull. A few notebooks, pens, and a laptop might also have helped in this pursuit. The stories and poems contained herein are works of fiction inspired by non-fictional systems of feeling. Using all the tools given to me by my professors and the craft and theory books I read during my coursework at Old Dominion University, I explore the nature of reality, of human notions of universality, and of love and affection found in strange and sometimes perverse places, while challenging accepted conventions regarding these and other such matters. Yet, being human, it is difficult to escape human constructions of ontology and epistemology.


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