The Dark Word Podcast #12: Victor LaValle

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For the final episode of Season One of THE DARK WORD, Victor LaValle joins Philip Fracassi to discuss early story sales (and rejections), writing in bursts, tips on a great agent query letter, and much more. A season one finale you won’t want to miss.

Victor is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, four novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, The Devil in Silver, and The Changeling and two novellas, Lucretia and the Kroons and The Ballad of Black Tom. He is also the creator and writer of two comic books Victor LaValle’s DESTROYER and EVE.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, Bram Stoker Award, Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Shirley Jackson Award, American Book Award, and the key to Southeast Queens.

He was raised in Queens, New York. He now lives in Washington Heights with his wife and kids. He teaches at Columbia University.

The Dark Word thanks our loyal listeners for turning this podcast into a must-listen for the horror writing community. We’ll be back in the fall for Season Two with new writers, editors, insights and in-depth conversations about writing.

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Philip Fracassi

Philip Fracassi, an author and screenwriter, lives in Los Angeles, California. His short stories have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Best Horror of the Year, Dark Discoveries, Cemetery Dance, Lovecraft eZine, and Strange Aeons among others. He is the author of the award-winning story collection, Behold the Void.

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