English, Department of


First Advisor

Prof. Jennine Capo Crucet

Second Advisor

Dr. Jonis Agee

Third Advisor

Dr. Matt Cohen

Date of this Version

Spring 4-16-2021


Rand, Susannah. GHOSTS IN THE WOOD PILE. 2021. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Digital Commons.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: English, Under the Supervision of Professor Jennine Capo Crucet. Lincoln, Nebraska: April, 2021.

Copyright 2021, Susannah Rand


GHOSTS IN THE WOOD PILE is a creative thesis comprised of an artist statement, statement of creative influences, and five short stories. The artist statement serves to depict my goals in writing this collection—namely, to provide investigatory, critical, and joyful fantasies for a young queer audience—and addresses what work still needs to be done to complete this collection. The collection itself explores dystopian and fantastical alternate realities in which characters struggle with desire, selfhood, and societal expectation. A sample of the collection is included here.

Advisor: Jennine Capo Crucet

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