Brooklyn native Steven Van Patten is the author of the critically acclaimed Brookwater’s Curse trilogy that features an 1860s Georgia plantation slave who becomes law enforcement within the vampire community. In contrast, the titular character in his Killer Genius series is a modern day hyper-intelligent black woman who uses high-end technology as a socially conscious serial killer.
SVP’s well reviewed short fiction includes contributions to nearly a dozen horror anthologies, including the Bram Stoker Award nominated Under Twin Suns and the soon to be nominated Even in The Grave. A collection of short horror and dark fiction stories entitled Hell at The Way Station, published by his company Laughing Black Vampire Productions, and co-authored by celebrated storyteller, Marc Abbott. The sequel, Hell at Brooklyn Tea, which introduces sword and sorcery writer Kirk Johnson, was released in early 2021.
In 2020, Laughing Black Vampire Productions also published an e-book on the growing of medicinal marijuana. Growth: The Basics of Our Gardens written by former MTV VJ Ray Munns and Jacob Pasino, took the number one spot in new releases in the Home and Gardening category during its first days on Amazon.
Among the plethora of honors and accolades, SVP won three African American Literary Awards in 2019, two for Hell at The Way Station (Best Anthology and Best in Science Fiction) and one for Best Independent Publisher. He’s written about everything from sleep demons to the Harlem Hellfighters of WWI for episodes of the YouTube series’ Extra Credit. He’s also been a contributing comedy writer for Viral Vignettes, a YouTube series benefitting the Actor’s Fund. His sketch Bandmates, starring TV legends John Schneider and Max Gail, won Best Comedy Skit in the 1st Monthly Film Festival and earned a Special Mention in the Original Screenplay category.
He’s easy to find on Facebook but goes by @svpthinks on Instagram. When he’s not writing, he can be found stage managing television shows in New York City. Along with being a member of the New York Chapter of The Horror Writer’s Association, he’s also a member of The Director’s Guild of America and professional arts fraternity, Gamma Xi Phi. His website is www.laughingblackvampire.com.
About his book, Killer Genius 2
After being forced to fake her death, Kendra the Killer Genius was going to take a break from terrorizing New York’s racists, morons, and bullies. But when a pair of sexual deviants armed with advanced technology and ties to the Russian mob threaten her favorite police detective, Kendra uses her special skills to wage war in the streets. The only thing higher than the tension is the body count…
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