Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

John Fulton

Second Advisor

Askold Melnyczuk

Third Advisor

Joseph Torra


Rural Goths is a novella about disaffected youth and aging with trauma. It is sectioned in two parts: The first is set in a small New Hampshire town in the mid-nineties, where a group of teenagers are struggling to cope with a suicide in the midst of an excessively religious high school. The second section finds the narrator as an adult, headed back to his hometown after many years to deal with his dying father. During his stay, he encounters truths about his past that have long been put out of mind, and learns a few new ones in the process. The story unfolds in a place forgotten by prosperity and hope and looks at what life is like for those who live there as well as those who left.


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