The Marc Steiner Show

The Ballad of Black Tom: Tribute and Criticism of H.P. Lovecraft

Victor LaValle (Credit: Whiting Foundation)May 8, 2017 – Segment 2

I had a wonderful interview with author Victor LaValle about his fascinating and powerful book The Ballad of Black Tom, which is both a tribute to and a criticism of the writing of science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft. The book tells the story of a young Black man from Harlem in 1924 and addresses racism, police brutality, and cosmic terror.

Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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