Faculty member Victor LaValle‘s new novel The Devil in Silver is now available from Spiegel & Grau.

“I’m a big fan of monsters,” says Victor LaValle, who explores mental illness and supernatural themes in his new novel, “The Devil in Silver.” “Number one, they’re fun, and two, they’re such great ways to access the subconscious fears and beliefs of any group of people.”

“The Devil in Silver” takes place in a Queens mental institution, where inmates have grown terrified of a buffalo headed patient who roams the hospital attacking other patients at night. The novel opens as the protagonist, a big man called Pepper who works as a furniture mover, is committed involuntarily after he assaults three police officers. In a medicated haze, he bonds with other patients to try to solve the mystery of the ghoulish, homicidal patient they call “The Devil.”  …[Keep Reading]…

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