Date of Award


Document Type



Master of Fine Arts in Writing

First Advisor

Michael Castro

Second Advisor

Marly Swick


This thesis will focus on the assimilation of my life experiences that ultimately result in the creation literary monsters. The following introduction defines my development as a writer through explorations of poetry and fiction. Traumatic life experiences as both a child and as an adult, coupled with an excellent education, has augmented my writing style towards literary horror.

A section of poetry comes after the introduction, which is a serious experiment by me to delve into the finer arts of pattern making. The fictional piece, Beyond Road's End, which follows the poetry, is primarily the object of my focus, which is literary fiction. It is a true-life story, made fictional, of my adventure in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. ln it, I seek to amplify the truth, as I see it, regarding man's relation to nature.