Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Writing & Linguistics (B.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Jared Sexton


The Call is a work of fiction that blends elements of psychological horror and mythology, following the discovery of a siren’s shell on the shore of an island off the coast of Maine. The shell, an enchanted item capable of influencing the mind and body, has been the source of mysterious deaths on the island for hundreds of years. Unearthed on the eve of a late season nor’easter, Aiden Black and girlfriend Melina Hyland find themselves under the spell of a creature who moves beyond the waves, one whose desires for flesh and blood won’t be deterred by a little bad weather. To serve as contrast to the story’s darker moments, secondary protagonist Deputy Keegan Shipley is a voice of reason, and yet, deepening suspicion. Throughout the text, he explores the island’s history, culture, and the deaths that are all seemingly unrelated to one another… at least until he finds himself investigating one. Blending Greek, Russian, Japanese, and Nordic mythology and folklore, and employing techniques such as stream of consciousness and unreliable narration, The Call is a tale of the mind turning on itself in the presence of something much greater than man: fear.