These Bad Things

Emily M. marvin submitted to The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship


The barren town of Klickitat, Washington is cursed. After moving across the country to help his mother take care of his ailing grandfather, Conrad Townsend stumbles into friendship with Victor Vigna, a charismatic young man with a reverence for the Black Angel: a haunting old statue that stands in the mountain cemetery rumored to possess the power to kill. The two boys and their cohorts raise hell in the canyon of Klickitat until Victor, inspired by the Angel, takes things too far. Four years later, Conrad is still living with the memory of that one summer and must learn to live with the things he has done.


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About Emily

University of Iowa

Emily  is a junior undergraduate student studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa. Writing has always been a passion of hers, and her goal is to become a published author and work in the publishing industry. At the moment, her favorite books include anything by Joe Hill, and the short story collection White Dialogues by Bennett Sims.

Her entry, These Bad Things, was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Spring Semester prize: