Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
The Backwoods Stories are a collection of short stories all set in and around the same fictional small town in Southern, Central Florida. The stories are all of the supernatural vein, tales of witches, ghosts, and goblins. Backwoods, as the town is known, is a hotbed for all manner of supernatural activity, and the residents and visitors are constantly discovering more and more dangerous and yet amazing secrets of the town.
The Backwoods stories are tales of desperation, confusion, fear, and discovery. A common theme is the horror of facing something that breaks the characters’ established understanding of reality. Yet, despite the monsters, curses, and spirits, the stories sometimes have a sense of wonder; the supernatural elements may be strange, but they are not always hostile.
Adams, James M.. "The Backwoods Stories: A Saga of Fear and Wonder" (2018). Master of Fine Arts (MFA), thesis, English, Old Dominion University, https://digitalcommons.odu.edu/english_etds/41