Professor David Schmid, Ph.D.

Professor David Schmid
  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • Stanford University
Perhaps the ultimate secret to great mystery and suspense fiction is that, in one way or another, it satisfies a deep-seated desire we all have for the world around us to make sense.

David Schmid is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY). The recipient of the Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, he teaches courses in British and American fiction, cultural studies, and popular culture.

Born and raised in England, Dr. Schmid received his B.A. from Oxford University, his M.A. from the University of Sussex, and his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University.

Dr. Schmid has published on a variety of subjects, including the nonfiction novel, celebrity, film adaptation, Dracula, and crime fiction. He is the author of Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture; coauthor of Zombie Talk: Culture, History, Politics; editor of Violence in American Popular Culture; and coeditor of Globalization and the State in Contemporary Crime Fiction: A World of Crime.

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  1. The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction Sale

    The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction

    David Schmid
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    83% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Great mystery and suspense writers have created some of the most unforgettable stories in all of literature and they continue to grow in popularity. How did the genre become so prevalent? Why is it a go-to for so many readers around the world? What makes the dark and sometimes grisly themes appealing? In The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction, Professor David Schmid examines these questions and more.
  2. (Set) The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction & Forensic History Set

    (Set) The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction & Forensic History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $654.90 $369.90$654.90
    Fact or fiction, mysteries are endlessly entertaining. This two-course set will give you masterful insights into true histories and spellbinding stories. Investigate brilliant writers in a fascinating genre with The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction, and step into the world of forensic science and study the most fascinating historical crimes and in Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals.
  3. (Set) The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction & How Great Science Fiction Works Set on sale

    (Set) The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction & How Great Science Fiction Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $525.00 Starting at $84.90 $654.90 $84.90$654.90
    Lit lovers rejoice! This two-course set provides you with an in-depth, expert survey of two popular literary genres. Start by examining the scope and 200-year history of whodunits with The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction. Then, see what writers have predicted for the future or imagine in other worlds with a deep dive into How Great Science Fiction Works.
  4. (Set) The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction & Writing Creative Nonfiction Set

    (Set) The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction & Writing Creative Nonfiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$639.90
    Writers and readers alike will find this two-course set enthralling. Chock full of remarkable insights about the genre, The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction is a must-have for any literary buff. Then, explore the entire process of writing creative nonfiction, from brainstorming for the perfect idea to getting your final product noticed by literary agents and publishers with Writing Creative Nonfiction.
  5. (Set) The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction & Writing Great Fiction Set

    (Set) The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction & Writing Great Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Whether reading or writing, anyone who loves stories will love this two-course set. Get a truly multifaceted picture of a fascinating literary subject with The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction. Then, learn the ins and outs of the fiction writer’s craft with Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques.
  6. (Set) How to Write Best-Selling Fiction & The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction Set

    (Set) How to Write Best-Selling Fiction & The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction

    David Schmid
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Take your next great literary idea from your brain to the page with this inspiring two-course set. Start by learning the techniques best-selling writers have used for years and use them to elevate your own work in How to Write Best-Selling Fiction. Then, explore the roots of one of the most popular literary genres out there and learn powerful storytelling lessons from popular whodunits, courtroom dramas, true-crime...
  7. (Set) The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction & Trails of Evidence Set

    (Set) The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction & Trails of Evidence

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $759.90 $654.90$759.90
    Love a good mystery? This two-course set will give you masterful insights into how solving a mystery works. Investigate the works of brilliant writers in a fascinating genre with The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction, and travel from the crime scene to the courtroom and see how an investigator solves real life mysteries in Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works.
  8. (SET) Great American Short Stories & The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction Set

    (SET) Great American Short Stories & The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Transform the way you think about—and write—short genre fiction with this two-course set. Plunge into several centuries of short stories in the American tradition, looking at how to write them, how to read them, and how to appreciate their profound cultural influence in Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers. Then, learn how mystery and suspense writers have created some of the most...