Albino Carrillo, M.F.A.
Every culture and religion around the world has different beliefs and theories about why humans die and whether or not there is something more beyond death. Authors such as Elizabeth Evans, Flannery O’Connor, and Stephanie Vaughn are three modern-day, impactful writers who have explored the themes of death and the afterlife in their own works. In response to these writers, I have completed a collection of four short stories and one novella that focuses on the themes of death and the afterlife. The stories are separate from each other and are told from different points of view, following a variety of characters as each struggles with the inevitability of death and the afterlife that follows. While each story is different and unique, as a whole, the collection portrays an array of different beliefs and perspectives on one of humanity’s biggest mysteries.
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Rucoba, Rose A., "Mortality in the 21st Century: A Cycle of Short Stories on Death and the Afterlife" (2019). Honors Theses. 233.