Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process
Oscar De Los Santos
Matthew Quinn Martin
Moon, Regardless is an 89,000-word dark crime novel, set in Rhode Island, that pays homage to the life and fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Told in the third person, Hap’s journey to find out what happened to his girlfriend while she was working at an allegedly haunted hotel plays off as an interpretation of the structure of the classic detective novel. The horror at the center of Moon, Regardless is the cult of killers, who believe they reflect humanity as it was meant to be: merciless and living off of pure, cruel instinct. They believe that humanity needs to be this way in order to stand up to otherworldly forces that view human beings as nothing more than angry, insignificant bacteria. As a result of this, the theme behind the horror in this novel is the existential dread that we are alone against forces that are greater than ourselves.
Manzolillo, Nicholas, "Moon, Regardless" (2017). Master of Fine Arts in Professional Writing Theses. 14.