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Advisory Committee Chair

James Braziel

Advisory Committee Members

Kerry Madden

Tracey Baker

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Master of Arts (MA) College of Arts and Sciences


Black Hollow is a collection of short stories thematically centered on secrecy and sin in a small, Southern town. These stories aim to explore the twisted nature of the hidden lives led by small-town Americans. Through the use of macabre humor and farcical plot lines, the stories narrate the characters' struggles to cope with loss, regret and failure in a way intended to seem removed yet still relatable to the reader. As with any good, Southern town, religion plays an integral role in this struggle, with the Church becoming a character in its own right; nevertheless, it is the residents of Black Hollow that remain the heart of these stories.