Lee K. Abbott, “One of Star Wars, One of Doom” (2007)

lee-k-abbott-one-of-star-wars-one-of-doom-2007“The story follows Mr. DeWine, a high school civics teacher looking for the love that will bring meaning to his middle years, and the two alienated students who plot death, havoc, and woe.”    —Fantastic Fiction

“The first reference is to the two high school boys who shoot up the school as ‘founding members of the ninth circle.’ (Abbott) The second reference is made by Mr. DeWine as he notes a student’s inscription on a desk in his classroom, ”Abandon all hope,’ someone has scribbled. Dante-what a bozo. Blame the whole fiasco on Beatrice.’ (Abbott) This reference foreshadows the outcome of the story.    –Katie Tiller

Contributed by Katie Tiller (University of Texas at Austin)