Balazs, Thomas P.
Guy, Matthew Wayne; Palmer, Heather
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This thesis contains a portion of my novel, The Dark South, as well as a craft essay titled “The Use of Plain Style in Modern Fiction Writing.” The craft essay examines how a plain style of writing can be used to great effect in fiction. I explore how simple writing can improve action, description, and exposition, and provide examples of writers who take advantage of these techniques. The Dark South, a Southern horror novel, tells the story of one man’s journey through a twisted version of the American South. Luke, a young man fresh out of college, finds himself stuck in the rural outskirts of Georgia in the wake of a mysterious, world-altering crisis. With the help of fellow survivors, Luke must contend with a bevy of killers and outlaws, while at the same time coming to terms with his own role in this new world. This section of the novel starts from the very beginning, and details Luke’s arrival in the South as well as the events that follow.
I would like to acknowledge my committee chair, Dr. Thomas Balazs, for his guidance and support through the thesis revision process. I would also like to acknowledge Dr. Sarah Einstein for her support on the thesis before her sabbatical. I would once again like to thank both of these professors as well as Dr. Heather Palmer and Dr. Matthew Guy, my committee members, for their involvement in this process as well as their guidance throughout their classes which I had the pleasure of attending during my time here at UTC.
M. A.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Arts.
Creative writing--Fiction; Horror tales; American fiction--Southern States
vii, 70 leaves
Zachos, Paul, "The dark South" (2023). Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.
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