TIH 161: Victor LaValle on The Ballad of Black Tom, H. P. Lovecraft, and Mastering F-bombs in Fiction

TIH 161 Victor LaValle on The Ballad of Black Tom, H. P. Lovecraft, and Mastering F-bombs in Fiction

In this podcast Victor LaValle talks about The Ballad of Black Tom, H. P. Lovecraft, f-bombs in fiction, and much more.

About Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle 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 a comic book Victor LaValle’s DESTROYER.

Show notes

[04:45] Interview start/childhood

[10:35] Reimagining old tales for a contemporary audience

[12:05] Don’t have to be original, just have to be good

[22:20] H.P. Lovecraft

[29:00] Moment decided to write The Ballad of Black Tom

[39:30] The Ballad of Black Tom in-development for television with AMC

[46:50] The Changeling

[51:40] Writing in third person

[58:00] Max Booth, via Patreon, asks about mastering f-bombs in fiction

[01:00:30] New York City

[01:03:40] Jake Marley, via Patreon, asks about how long it takes to write novels

[01:05:20] Boxwino, via Patreon, asks about top five horror/weird works

[01:08:05] Boxwino, via Patreon, asks about outlining vs. seat of your pants writing and writing tools

[01:16:50] Popular misconceptions about horror

[01:27:00] Advice to eighteen-year-old self

[01:28:10] Connect with Victor

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