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Silver, Blood And Singing, Zachary J. Posey May 2019

Silver, Blood And Singing, Zachary J. Posey

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Silver, Blood and Singing is a novel that is an exploration of the blurred lines between science fiction and fantasy in which the concepts of grief and mourning are explored. This thesis consists of a novel following two sisters and those around them as they try to come to terms with their grief. Along this journey they end up being opened up to worlds more dangerous and stranger than any they have come across before. As they explore these new worlds this functions as a place to examine the understanding of what it means to be a person and how ...


Reanimation (Afterlife Rebellion Book 1), Nicole A. White Jan 2019

Reanimation (Afterlife Rebellion Book 1), Nicole A. White

Open Access Theses & Dissertations

Reanimation (Afterlife Rebellion Book 1) is the first book in a young adult science fiction and fantasy duology about a group of ghosts and a teenage necromancer who must come to terms with a corrupted afterlife. The overarching goal was to craft an accessible fantasy, with its characters being unfamiliar with genre conventions so that readers who were as well could have an entry point into the category, and familiar readers could enjoy new interpretations of the canon. Traditional character archetypes and stereotypes that have been proven to impede representation in the genre and deter new readership are subverted or ...


Life: Told By Death, Shannan Rivera Jul 2018

Life: Told By Death, Shannan Rivera

Master of Arts in Professional Writing Capstones

Life: Told by Death is the story of Sam, a reluctant reaper of souls who isn’t cut out for his fate. This novel follows him from his unwitting entrance into the life of a reaper to his struggle with his new existence and all the way through to his eventual escape into the afterlife.


Luminance, Ella Young Jun 2018

Luminance, Ella Young

Honors Senior Theses/Projects

For my thesis I decided to go the creative route and write a novel. There is a definite lack of LGBTQ+ genre fiction for young adults being written, and so I wanted to add to this slowly growing literary niche. The plot of my book follows sixteen-year old Ji, a botanist from the snowy planet of Pan Ku, millennia after Earth’s destruction. It covers themes of racism, immigration, rebellion, and acceptance while still being an engaging read.


Hell And High Water: Prophecy, Anna Denisch May 2018

Hell And High Water: Prophecy, Anna Denisch

Master of Fine Arts in Professional Writing Theses

Hell and High Water: Prophecy is a young adult fantasy novel exploring how age and status affects one’s effect on the world. Following the story lines of three, interconnecting characters, this novel aims to challenge the notion that only those with wisdom and power can influence the world and the events that take place in it. Meant to be an anti-prophecy novel, Hell and High Water: Prophecy will strive to prove that the “chosen one” is not the only character in a book that can save the world.


Discourses On Fantasy: A Narrative Allegory, Reuben Dendinger May 2018

Discourses On Fantasy: A Narrative Allegory, Reuben Dendinger

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This project, though officially designated by the English Department as a creative thesis, is really a hybrid work that combines creative writing with literary criticism. The work is structured as a "dream vision," a literary genre popular in the Middle Ages in which a narrator receives some form of instruction or wisdom through an allegorical dream. Examples include The Pearl, The Romance of the Rose, and Chaucer's House of Fame. In this thesis, the allegorical space of the dream vision provides a platform for a series of essays structured as dialogues. These dialogues explore the aesthetics and politics of ...


Fortune Glen, Breea N. Schutt May 2018

Fortune Glen, Breea N. Schutt

MSU Graduate Theses

A fairy may not be able to lie, but that doesn’t mean they’re always honest. Marine’s former classmate is dead—and this isn’t your typical 48-hour mystery. The crime scene is Fortune Glen, a realm populated by fairies who take great pride in their unique abilities, their inability to tell lies, and their peaceful behavior. Well, until now.

Marine is the only one who knows about this murder, and she plans to keep it that way— at least until she’s figured out who’s behind this travesty. When Marine is assigned a mission in the ...


The Colour Red, Mica Blankinship Apr 2018

The Colour Red, Mica Blankinship

Senior Theses and Projects

A young thieving woman gets taken by a group of rebels seeking her help to stage a rebellion. Their society lingers on the brink of civil war, and she, in joining them, finally chooses a side. As she begins to learn more about this rebel group and their motives for wanting a war, pieces of her tragic past begin to surface and give her her own reasons for joining the fight.


Rimetongue: Part I, Dylan Larino Jan 2018

Rimetongue: Part I, Dylan Larino

Honors Theses at the University of Iowa

Rimetongue: Part I is a high fantasy piece that would act as a part of a larger work. It takes place in what our world calls the late Seventeenth Century in lieu of the traditional medieval setting and is very loosely based off of the French colonization of Canada. It is centered around Vurkoth, a member of a non-human race called the Ozhenka, as his life is terrorized by a malevolent entity known as “The Grinning Man.”This piece was an experiment in order to challenge myself to tell a story using a time period I wasn’t familiar with ...


Escape From Wonderland - A Novel, Crystal Denise Pennymon Jan 2018

Escape From Wonderland - A Novel, Crystal Denise Pennymon

Open Access Theses & Dissertations

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Tuscany Yellow And The Thief King: A Queer Fantasy Novel-Part One, Panchali Walford Jan 2018

Tuscany Yellow And The Thief King: A Queer Fantasy Novel-Part One, Panchali Walford

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Elma has spent all her life in Harthshore, the only town in the Thieving District, a Guild Kingdom ruled by a cold and absent king. Just past seventeen, Elma is turned on her head when she’s refused entry into her village’s coven of witches. She’s lazy, heartbroken, and afraid of talking to the girl she likes, but none of this will matter soon. War is looming in the eastern mountains, the Thief King has risen from a year spent in grief, and Aeleth Tor’s high priestess has been murdered. It’s high summer, and deep in ...


Angel Down, Alexander Cenon Sorensen Jan 2018

Angel Down, Alexander Cenon Sorensen

Senior Projects Fall 2018

Angel Down is a graphic novel. Or, the rough exoskeleton of what will one day be a graphic novel. For now, there is a complete 262 page script and about 20 illustrated comic pages. During my senior year at Bard, I gave it my first shot at pursuing what I will hope to work on many times for the rest of my life: the written word in graphic novel form. Hopefully, this senior project version of Angel Down will be a preamble to a long future in comics and in the weird world of fantasy and speculative fiction.


The Damsel Can Rescue Herself: Subverting Common Literary Tropes Of The Fantasy Genre, Melissa N. Hurlburt Jan 2018

The Damsel Can Rescue Herself: Subverting Common Literary Tropes Of The Fantasy Genre, Melissa N. Hurlburt

Honors Theses and Capstones

This thesis consists of a fantasy novella. A character-driven work, it focuses on internal conflicts rather than the external conflicts and grand, sweeping plotlines that are typical of fantasy novels. Taye is an aerial performer with the king’s circus troupe, Corracha. She is also the vigilante Saorsa, a figure who fights against the injustices the king of Monadh inflicts upon the kingdom’s immigrants. A young woman haunted by her past and struggling to make something of herself in a male-dominated society, she must confront her inner demons when she is injured during a performance. She relies on her ...


The Valley Of The Dead, Morgan A. Frazier May 2017

The Valley Of The Dead, Morgan A. Frazier

Theses and Dissertations from 2017

Fay, a princess, lives in a secluded valley realm whose inhabitants were slaughtered 45 years ago. She has chosen her eighteenth birthday as the day she will commit suicide to join them. When her mentor and guardian learns of her intentions he stops her and tells her about what he remembers of the event and reminds her that it is her responsibility as Queen to live and take care of them. With this knowledge, the new Queen leaves the valley on a quest to find the truth about what happened the day the villagers were massacred so that she can ...


Fresh Air, Claire B. Kooyman Jan 2017

Fresh Air, Claire B. Kooyman

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In this “Subterranean fiction” novella, a young woman named Ena Henders is faced with taking over the leadership of her underground civilization early, due to the unexpected death of her father. She is forced to take drastic measures to save her people when their subterranean city begins to collapse. She faces vocal opponents within her community who underestimate her and how dangerous the Underground can get. There is something mysterious, though, that lurks in her city and threatens to destroy them all, which Ena has yet to discover.

This project was inspired by my previous goal to spend a full ...


The Zodiac Army., Keith Charles Marks Dec 2016

The Zodiac Army., Keith Charles Marks

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is the beginning of a book title The Zodiac Army. The book is the first in a trilogy and follows three different characters. The first, Ash, is a teenage boy who discovers he is a powerful magician who, along with another magician, can control the elements of nature. The two form a Twin pairing and will fight for each other and for the safety of the kingdom. Alora, the second character, is a young and faithful priestess in the Temple. Her faith, in both the gods and those in charge of the Temple, could bring the entire system ...


Golden Fantasy: An Examination Of Generic & Literary Fantasy In Popular Writing, Zechariah James Morrison Jun 2016

Golden Fantasy: An Examination Of Generic & Literary Fantasy In Popular Writing, Zechariah James Morrison

Honors Projects

This essay attempts to analyze critical theory concerning the division between generic fantasy fiction and higher fantasy literature. In examining how these two different types of fantasy writing are identified by popular criticism, the space in-between is defined and labeled "golden fantasy". This kind of fantasy is identified by maintaining a balance between subversive originality, and derivative reproduction, and is generally popular among consumers and academics as a source of both entertainment and scholarly research. The essay is then followed by 3 original chapters by the essay writer, in an attempt to demonstrate some of the elements of golden fantasy ...


The Lightbringer: A Novel, Brett L. Butler May 2016

The Lightbringer: A Novel, Brett L. Butler

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The Lightbringer is about a collision of two worlds: the world of a contemporary South Florida town and the magical world of Zariel, bringing with it the universal threat of the Terra. Childhood friends, Breck and Tom, are thrown into the middle of an ancient conflict between the Terra—a collection of alien races that have been transformed by darkness—and the forces of good. After an encounter with a magical pool of golden water, the boys must learn to use their new abilities to protect against the growing Terranox army. In the midst of their struggle, however, a mysterious ...


The Secret Society Of Fish-Gazers, Hannah Woodlan Apr 2016

The Secret Society Of Fish-Gazers, Hannah Woodlan

English Theses & Dissertations

This collection of stories focuses on characters who are lost in the sense that they know themselves only in terms of what has happened to them and who subconsciously see their lives in terms of fairy-tales. They wait for destiny to knock on their door, or think they have been forced into a destiny not of their choosing. Only when they free themselves of the notion than an outside force dictates their choices can they recast themselves as heroes of their own quests and enter the world.


The Family Arcane, Caridad J. Cole Jan 2016

The Family Arcane, Caridad J. Cole

Senior Projects Fall 2016

The Family Arcane is a collection of interconnected short stories that explores the ways in which people (and a few other beings) interact with the world without all of the cognitive tools to do so. For example, a child trying to understand maturity, an emotionally stunted teenager navigating social norms, a woman who feels like a robot, and any other outsider, can be a member of the family. These short stories seek to inspire those with the common fear of being different, and ask the psychological and sociological questions that come up every day but often go unspoken.


Open Up, Kathleen Jean Woods Jan 2016

Open Up, Kathleen Jean Woods

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This novel follows a female protagonist, “the woman,” as she wreaks havoc at a suburban backyard wedding. The narrative is nonlinear, with movements in the woman’s recent past, in addition to nested stories that she “tells” to those around here. Three of these stories focus on her time at “the mansion,” where she completes three different sexual acts that are also tied to traditionally feminine tasks: shaving, sewing, and application of make-up and jewelry. Others deal with virginity, polyamory, and sexual violence. The novel is pornographic and explores how the sexual imaginary can inform and complicate agency, power, subjectivity ...


The Enduring Ones, Alec Martin Montecalvo Jan 2016

The Enduring Ones, Alec Martin Montecalvo

Senior Projects Spring 2016

After a cataclysmic event destroys his home, Balian must lead a ragged group of survivors into a world they know nothing about, a world that has almost entirely forgotten about them.


Los Nueve Reinos, Giannina Mariana Deza Jan 2016

Los Nueve Reinos, Giannina Mariana Deza

Open Access Theses & Dissertations

Grey-adult fantasy novel, first of a three novel saga.


With The Light Caught Between, Albert M. Jacoby May 2015

With The Light Caught Between, Albert M. Jacoby

All NMU Master's Theses

Although Henry and Claire Lumens are twins, their high school lives couldn’t be more opposite. Henry enjoys sketching, looking at handsome boys, and reading about fantastical places, but his shy and pensive nature means he battles demons of his own every day in the gym locker room. Claire, however, loves the world she lives in, which is easy because she’s bossy, clever, and stunning. On their seventeenth birthday, their grandmother gives them a gift that will take them to a fantastical world. Despite their ignorance of the world’s existence, their grandmother insists it’s their birthplace, and ...


Hallowed Be Thy Fall, Kristina Smeriglio Jan 2015

Hallowed Be Thy Fall, Kristina Smeriglio

Department of Writing and Communication Theses

All Priella wanted was to find love. She roamed the fields of the Garden of Earthly Delights, day by day, in the hopes of finally attaining it. But, it wasn't that simple. In the midst of an existential crisis, unable to understand her difficulty in relating to others and achieving happiness, Priella meets the Archangel Michael who offers her a chance at salvation. Venturing into the unknown, Priella is forced to face the distorted ways of thinking that kept her hostage.


The Only Dreamer, Katelyn H. Long Jan 2015

The Only Dreamer, Katelyn H. Long

Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects

For my Senior Honors Project, I submitted an excerpt from a novel length story about a family line with the inheritable ability to take objects out of people’s dreams. In this young adult fantasy, Melody is a nineteen year old girl who struggles with the fact that her twin sister has inherited the ability while she has not. The excerpt introduces Melody’s family and shows the tension that exists between them while hinting to the reader that there is something more sinister that drives Melody away from her home.

The novel explores morality and its gray areas, the ...


Stories, Garrett Alden Ashley May 2014

Stories, Garrett Alden Ashley

Master's Theses

These short stories represent different genres, forms, ideals, and times. This collection contains the weird, the scientific, the fantastical, and settings that are real. The problems faced by the characters are a product of each story's genre, but the willingness of its characters to overcome change remains the same. In one story, a man wants to get rid of his mechanical daughter because she reminds him of his wife. In another, a man takes care of his brother who has returned from the dead as a pig. In others, a man believes his wife is trying to kill him ...


The Lord Of The Rings And The Weight Of Two Worlds: An Exploration Of Faith In Fantasy, Danielle Myers Jan 2014

The Lord Of The Rings And The Weight Of Two Worlds: An Exploration Of Faith In Fantasy, Danielle Myers

Honors Projects

This project is two-fold. The first section attempts to determine what it is that makes Tolkien’s writing, specifically within The Lord of the Rings, stand out against other Christian fantasy, particularly within modern evangelical culture. The purpose of this is to determine how he uses faith within his fantasy differently, and makes that faith-based writing meaningful to his readers without leaving them feeling preached-at. The second section is an excerpt of my own novel, The Weight of Two Worlds, in which I have attempted to use Tolkien’s methods to incorporate faith in my fantasy writing.


Interwoven, Ellen Eubanks Jan 2014

Interwoven, Ellen Eubanks

Honors Theses

Fantasy (and speculative fiction in general) is often looked down upon. People don't see it as having any literary value beyond entertainment. I respectively but vehemently disagree. Stories have power. Our emotional involvement in stories makes their lessons stick more than the simple presentation of an idea will. They can slip things into our minds without us realizing, sneaking in behind our defenses....

When I began to think about what I would write for my OBU Honor's Thesis, I was, naturally, drawn to the idea of writing a fantasy novel. For my Directed Study, I worked on doing ...


Fuego Y Paz En Napsena, Suzanne Christine Heller Mar 2012

Fuego Y Paz En Napsena, Suzanne Christine Heller

World Languages and Cultures

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