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Steven Van Patten

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Steven Van Patten is a native of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Once he graduated from Long Island University on a full scholarship, he pursued a career in television production. After paying his dues as a production assistant, Steven went on to stage manage a plethora of TV shows, including MTV’s Total Request Live, The Dr. Oz Show, Totally Biased w/ W. Kamau Bell and The Nightly Show w/ Larry Wilmore.

However, there was an idea haunting Steven. A storyline born from watching horror movies as a child and noticing a lack of diversity, and character development when people of color were concerned.

Unable to shake the desire to bring his vision to life, Steven studied over historical research night after night, and traveled alone to various locales around the globe in order to give his story a proper sense of worldliness. The end result is the Brookwater’s Curse series, three novels focused on the odyssey of Christian Brookwater, an 1860s Georgia plantation slave who becomes a vampire living in modern day New York. The rights to his tomes have changed hands a few times, but they are currently with their author, under his company, Laughing Black Vampire Productions.

After receiving much praise and a few literary awards, Steven was accepted into The Horror Writer’s Association and wrote a serial killer story. Killer Genius: She Kills Because She Cares, was released in late 2015 and was nominated for an African-American Literary Show Award in the Best Mystery Suspense Novel of 2016 . He is currently building his brand, working on short stories for anthologies like April Grey’s Hell’s Kitties as well as sequels for both Killer Genius and Brookwater’s Curse series. As if that’s not enough, he’s also put together Rudy’s Night Out, a children’s book loosely based on the adventures of young Rudy Brookwater, the very human son of vampire Christian Brookwater.

Learn more at Steven Van Patten’s official website

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