Beautiful, Terrible Things is an adult urban fantasy novel that explores the toxic dynamics of dysfunctional families, why we love the people who hurt us, and how far we will go for the people we love. For over a century, Portland has been ruled by three supernatural families: the McCulloughs, a nest of ruthless vampires, the Sinclairs, a pack of cutthroat werewolves, and the Takeuchis, a family of dangerous kitsune. They have enjoyed a shaky peace, one that Shiki Takeuchi and Dominic Wright have preserved with their supernatural speakeasy, a safe zone with only one rule: No Fighting. But when Mina Takeuchi's body turns up dead in her mother's driveway with signs that the wolves are to blame, tensions ignite. As shots are fired and bodies drop on all sides, their relationship is put to the test and their families demand they pick a side. Dom and Shiki must protect each other as they navigate feuding families, town politics, and a city on the verge of war. But in a town where violence is the strongest currency, everyone must pay.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Masters Thesis (Campus-only Access)
Balsamo, Nicole, "Beautiful, Terrible Things" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 471.
Restricted to the UCF community until May 2026; it will then be open access.