Is Billy Pilgrim Crazy?

A student of mine recently asked whether Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist (for lack of a better word) of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, has, within the context of the narrative (such as it is) really experienced a close encounter with aliens or simply lost his mind. The question is certainly valid. When I first read the…Read more Is Billy Pilgrim Crazy?

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Opportunites for Improvement (A “B” in English)

HUGE thanks to all of my friends and family who came out to hear me read and play with Tim Simmons and Dave Calamaro at Old Haverford Friends Meeting House on Saturday night. And thanks, too, to OHFM for hosting us! One of the pieces I performed was from a work in progress. I call…Read more Opportunites for Improvement (A “B” in English)

International Short Story Day

I always find out about these things long after they've stopped being news, but I'm told that today is International Short Story Day. To celebrate, here are a few links to short story sources you might enjoy: Fiction by D. Thomas Minton Great short stories by a sci-fi writer I've quickly grown to admire! Philadelphia…Read more International Short Story Day

Of Possible Interest

First, big thanks to Lavinia Ludlow for a lovely review of The Grievers in The Nervous Breakdown. Ludlow writes, among other things, "Schuster has an amazing sophomore novel on his hands. His writing has matured; he’s fine-tuned his approach and can effectively drive a story from start to finish with subtle tactics and engaging characterizations." Also,…Read more Of Possible Interest

How to Tell a Griever from a Griever

Apparently I'm not the only author with Grievers on the brain. Unbeknownst to me--at least while I was writing The Grievers--fantasy author James Dashner was creating his own Grievers, a race of slug-like creatures with metal appendages that appear in his 2009 novel The Maze Runner. In order to spare readers any confusion that might…Read more How to Tell a Griever from a Griever