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Publication Date

Spring 2012

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Comparative Literature


Nick Taylor


Creative Writing, Fiction

Subject Areas



The Darkers is a young adult novel set in the modern, though fictional, town of

Story Hill, California. The tale follows fifteen-year-old Annawen Forrester, whose

eleven-year-old brother, Aubrey, disappears one day. As time passes, the family

struggles to move on with its lives, but Anna has difficulty overcoming her grief. When

she learns that Aubrey may still be alive, however, her passion to find him becomes all-consuming.

In the process of searching for her brother, Anna learns that supernatural

forces are at work in her town, in Aubrey's disappearance, and in her own life. A

timeless battle between the forces of Light and Darkness threaten to pull the world apart,

and, it seems, she and her brother are caught in the middle. Anna must embrace her fears

and uncover her destiny in order to find Aubrey because without her there is no hope for