The Hunter

TITLE: The Hunter

CREATOR: Evan Maier-Zucchino



A monster is typically thought of as something horrendous and grotesque. Something evil creature. It traumatizes, terrorizes, and inspires fear. In reality neither the creature itself, nor the fear it inspires, is the true monster. The real monster is the pain we willfully bring into the world when we allow ourselves to act on this fear. This story does not deal with physical monsters. It centers on a struggle between two forces: Man and Nature. It does not ask the question who is the monster because neither of them are. In fact, this piece does not ask any questions. Its purpose is to show that pain and suffering are the only monsters in this world and that we, meaning all beings, unwittingly inflict them upon ourselves when we submit to our terror.


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Evan Maier-Zucchino is a freshman creative writing major at Chapman University who fell in love with fantasy upon first watching “The Lord of the Rings” movies. Since then his love of fantasy has grown to a love of writing and literature. Besides writing he enjoys all things music, taking walks, reading, and thinking. Just thinking. Evan also has a close bond with his father, mother, and older brother, all of whom have had an immense impact on his life and writing. He hopes to one day publish a novel based in his own fantasy world.

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