Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

Committee Director

John McManus

Committee Member

Michael Pearson

Committee Member

Janet Peery

Abstract

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.

ISBN

9780355973303

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