Document Type



Master of Fine Arts


Creative Writing

Date of Defense


Graduate Advisor

Glenn Irwin, MFA


John Dalton B.A., M.F.A.

Steven Schreiner B.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.


An Abstract on the Thesis of Donald Q. Counts Title: Lessons in Betrayal Each of the selected works in this thesis share one common element, as they attempt to explore the nature of betrayal as a thematic element, and each story depicts a different aspect of this theme. Cold Hearted is a coming-of age story, as a young boy discovers what it can mean when family cannot be trusted. Threads can be viewed as science fiction or magic realism, but at heart it concerns itself with a man whose own nature has led to time itself turning against him. Then the collection jumps back to a realist story with Sleepwalker, as the main character discovers how badly his own mind can work against him. Remnants shifts to a dystopian future as a man must decide to be true to his noble ideals, or give in to a more savage past. The last work is a unique form and genre, the first act of a screenplay, a format for story-telling that has its own set of rules and challenges. Omega Watch is only the first act of a super hero tale in which forces unseen turn against those trying to save the world.

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