The Galway Review features an excerpt of "The Harvesting of Haystacks Kane"

Galway's Leading Literary Magazine features an excerpt of Steve Schlam's upcoming novel "The Harvesting of Haystacks Kane" in their latest "Best of the Month" selection.
Read the excerpt here.


Steve Schlam's debut novel, "The Harvesting of Haystacks Kane," is set to captivate readers with its unique storytelling approach and exploration of profound existential themes. Scheduled for release in March 2024 by 8th House Publishing, this literary work follows the story of Herschel Cain, aka Haystacks Kane, a reluctant 607-pound professional wrestler and passionate butterfly collector. Exploited by ruthless promoters, managers, and even his own ex-wife, Haystacks' life takes a dramatic turn when a severe injury in the wrestling ring leaves him on a hospital bed, immobile and unable to speak. Faced with his own mortality, he searches the deeper truths of his existence while he dreams of Greece, Rhodes, and the Petaloudes Valley, where he can live in peace amid the "sound of butterflies."

Schlam's unique narrative technique provides readers an intimate look into Haystacks' psyche as we delve deeper and deeper into the existential aspects of Haystacks' life, his quest for meaning, identity, and liberation. Here the author’s exceptional talent shines through as he skillfully weaves together a tapestry of voices, perspectives, and emotions, promising readers a powerful and unforgettable literary journey into the depths of the human condition.

“The Harvesting of Haystacks Kane”: Wrestling with butterflies and existential meaning: A literary masterpiece that explores the spiritual and philosophical dimensions of the human experience.

About the author: Steve Schlam, born in New York City, has lived across the United States and Mexico. In addition to his writing, he is an accomplished actor and holds a Master's Degree in Creative Writing and English under the tutelage of “Catch-22” author Joseph Heller. "The Harvesting of Haystacks Kane" marks his debut novel, showcasing his prowess in storytelling and profound exploration into the complexities of human existence.