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Victor LaValle

USA flag (b.1972)

Victor LaValle, born February 3, 1972, was raised in Flushing and Rosedale, Queens. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in English and received his M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University. He has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing at Columbia University.

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection 'Slapboxing with Jesus' and two novels, 'The Ecstatic' and 'Big Machine'.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the key to Southeast Queens.

He can be kind of hard to reach.

Genres: Science Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction
   The Ecstatic (2002)
   Big Machine (2009)
   The Devil in Silver (2012)
   The Changeling (2017)
   Lone Women (2023)
   Slapboxing with Jesus (1999)
   2017 Hugo Finalist Bundle (2017) (with others)
   Reimagining Lovecraft (2017) (with others)
Novellas and Short Stories
Anthologies edited
Series contributed to
Victor LaValle recommends
The Dead Cat Tail Assassins (2024)
P Djèlí Clark
"P Djèlí Clark couldn't write a bad book if he tried."
Victim (2024)
Andrew Boryga
"Victim is going to hurt some people's feelings. But that's exactly what smart, insightful social satire is meant to do. Andrew Boryga's dazzling debut novel is the story of a hustler whose game is to benefit from the struggles of other people. He's an identity politics confidence man. And yet he's also someone you come to care about, and worry for, as the stakes of his hustle grow and grow. This is a fearless and ambitious debut."
King Nyx (2024)
Kirsten Bakis
"A new novel from Kirsten Bakis is a reason to be wildly excited. King Nyx delivers all I could've hoped for from an author of such great gifts. A tale of gothic mystery and mounting dread with a narrator who is troubled, insightful, and quite funny at times. This is a novel of delicious disquiet. I sank into this book like it was a warm bed, or a warm grave. Some of its scenes even made their way into my dreams."

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Anthologies containing stories by Victor LaValle
Chiral Mad 5 (2022)
(Chiral Mad, book 5)
edited by
Michael Bailey
Small Odysseys (2022)
Selected Shorts Presents 35 New Stories
edited by
Hannah Tinti

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