Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Les Standiford

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Lynne Barrett

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Donna Weir-Soley

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member


Australia, Public House, Gold Rush, YouTube

Date of Defense



HEXUM is a psychological suspense novel about two house flippers who get in over their heads when trying to restore an allegedly haunted pub.

The story follows Australian YouTubers Laura Russo and Katherine Liu as they move to a remote but soon-to-be-revived historic town to restore the Hexum Hotel. While Katherine’s out, Laura finds a skeleton in the cellar, and to prevent project delays, she secretly buries it in the bush. But this isn’t quite the easy fix she was hoping for. Instead, she becomes paranoid about a murderer on the loose, growing increasingly unhinged.

When project problems turn deadly, Laura doesn’t know whether to blame local saboteurs, angry spirits, or her erratic state of mind. And the only way to solve the mystery of the bones and get them out alive is by lying to her partner and committing more crimes of her own.



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