Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-30-2019

Type (DCMI Terms)

Text; StillImage

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Lars Söderlund

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Language

eng

Abstract

“Blood of the Iron Woods” is a creative thesis in which I explore not only my own fascination with the horror genre, but to also address the difficulties of familial relationships, and how characters evolve in situations where there is no right choice. While this project initially began as a fantasy novel, I quickly changed over to horror, where I felt as though I would be able to contribute to the overall academic discussion on the genre. A lot of time, hard work, frustration, excitement, and lessons learnt went in to this project, and I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish despite the difficulties I have faced in these past two years. This project addresses the concept of visual communication within the Gothic horror genre as well as the deeper genre conventions and themes that make Gothic horror what it is. This research has resulted in a complete analysis of my creative inspirations, and full review of the current literature on this topic, a full narrative outline, and a partial storyboarding of the graphic novel over a two-year period. “Blood of the Iron Woods” is the tale of three sisters who travel into the woods to escape for a while after their father’s death. This thesis will address all the core components of the horror genre, how we experience and enjoy horror, and why Gothic horror is so relevant to today’s youth.

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