Victor LaValle Nominated for Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards

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Victor LaValle, an associate professor in the Writing Program, has been nominated for both a 2016 Nebula Award and 2016 Bram Stoker Award for his novel The Ballad of Black Tom. Published with Publishing last February, The Ballad of Black Tom, is nominated in the Best Novella category for the Nebula Awards and in the Superior Achievement in Long Fiction category for the Bram Stokers.

The Ballad of Black Tom takes place in Brooklyn in the 1920s and concerns a struggling con artist named Tom who becomes involved in a mysterious occultish drama. As Publishers Weekly points out in its laudatory review, the book is in some sense a retelling of a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, “The Horror at Red Hook,” and includes a character, Detective Malone, from that story. The book, the magazine says, “adeptly addresses social and racial issues that were central to urban life at the dawn of the 20th century, with obvious resonances and parallels in the present.”

LaValle’s interest in genre fiction has also led him, more recently, to write a new monthly comic series, Destroyer, for Boom! Studios.

The winners of the Nebula Awards will be announced in late March. The winners of the Bram Stoker Awards will be announced in late April.

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