Thomas Bissell

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Document Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing



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1 online resource (ii, 159 p.)


Short stories -- Fiction




The fourteen short fiction stories in this collection vary in style from Realism, Fantastic Realism, Romantic Realism, to Magical Realism. "Balconesto Enterprises," written in the first-person perspective and in the past tense, features a man working for a fake insurance company. "Maybelline, In the Tower," is about a man and woman acting out their medieval fantasies in secret in the woods. In "A Catalogue," a mysterious narrator introduces himself through a series of disguises. In "Millerstown, OH," a strange crash on the edge of town ignites a suburb's curiosity. An elderly man's vibrating house introduces paranormal activity in "The Holy House of Elyria." In "Reunion," a man reunites with an old friend for dinner, but is convinced his companion is an imposter. In "Another Gorgeous Morning," an audience watches a sit-com set in a post-apocalyptic world. "Four Short Tales," features four flash-fiction fables. In "The Issues We Face," three men strive to make sense of their town's collective odd behavior. In "The Legacy of Wahlter Rhume," a critic describes the works of a recently deceased horror writer. In "The Last Journey of Carl Oppenbach," the narrator navigates through the ancient Egyptian afterlife.


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