Night Terrors

Open Access
Author:
Ahlefeld, Erin Anna
Area of Honors:
English
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • William James Cobb, Thesis Supervisor
  • Christopher Gervais Reed, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • thesis
  • night terrors
  • short stories
  • Candy Hearts
  • Tastes Like Honey
  • A De-Wrinkle in Time
  • Out of My Hands
Abstract:
This series of short stories was written as an exploration of the genre, gothic literature. I use themes that are common in classic gothic literature such as the supernatural, an antihero, romance, madness, and many more. Each story is inspired by different gothic novels, short stories, and poems that I have read and have influenced me. These short stories demonstrate the different themes and how they work together to form a gothic short story. Through the process of writing this thesis, I was able to experiment with characters and setting that provoke a scene full of gloom, suspense, and excitement just as gothic scenes should. After completing each of these stories I feel like I have a better grasp on the concept of gothic literature as a genre and which qualities make a story more powerful and have a greater effect on the reader.