Season 1, Episode 39

Brookwater’s Curse

with author Steven Van Patten

About this episode

Audra Russell chats with author Steven Van Patten.

Brooklyn native Steven Van Patten is the author of the critically acclaimed Brookwater’s Curse trilogy, about an 1860s Georgia plantation slave who becomes law enforcement within the vampire community. 

Steven’s short fiction includes contributions to nearly a dozen horror anthologies, including the Stoker Award nominated New York State of Fright. 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, hit shelves in 2018.

Steven has 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 an episode of the YouTube series’ Extra Credit and Extra Mythology, He’s also been a contributor for Viral Vignettes, a charity-driven YouTube comedy series benefitting The Actor’s Fund.

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

We had a great time talking about his book, Brookwater’s Curse, revealed some behind-the-scenes info about how he did his research, and discussed the importance of Black writers and characters in the horror genre. 

So grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and enjoy!


Host & Guest

Audra Russell
Steven Van Patten

Episode graphic featuring author Steven Van Patten