Confessions of a Scaredy Cat

Date of Award

January 2013

Degree Type

Closed Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Theatre

First Advisor

R. Dean Johnson

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre


The purpose of Confessions of a Scaredy Cat is to tell the stories of my childhood fears spurred by terrifying movies I saw at too early an age. Now as an adult, after all this time, I have never shaken those images out of my head. I'm left pondering the reasons why I was so frightened, why the nightmares recurred for so long, and what was the meaning of it all. This memoir and collection of themed essays shows the pursuit of that meaning, to find the truth in my life shaped by those early years. It is also the pursuit of the purposes behind these movies that so unnerved me. I may not be frightened of those pictures anymore, but they still haunt me, and so I have to find out why.

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