Hello People, my name is
Steven Van Patten, but my friends call me SVP.
I am the author of the Brookwater's Curse vampire novel series.
Brookwater`s Curse Volume I has been available for a little over two years and has received rave reviews, (check out Amazon.com) and recently was named an Award - Winning Finalist in the category of African- American Fiction in the National Best Books 2008 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. Meanwhile, Volume II was released in June of 2008 and won the Premier Book Awards Best Book For 2008 in the category of Mystery/Thriller/Horror and a host of other accolades. (www.premierbookawards.com).
The story revolves around Christian Brookwater, an 1860s Georgia plantation slave who becomes a vampire. During his many adventure Christian fights rednecks, werewolves and a host of deranged monsters, including the World's first vampires.
The narrative is unlike anything depicted in the Blade series, if only for it's unique historical perspective and the social commentaries that are weaved into the story line.
However, while this is a very multicultural story, it is also very true to the vampire genre. There is a generous amount of sex and violence contained in these epics, and therefore is not for children, or people with delicate sensibilities.
For more information please check out my website by clicking on the book cover below or typing www.brookwaterscurse.com into your search engine.
There is a blog at the main website that contains many funny short stories I have written in an effort to explore my comedic side. I also make political/social commentary, like the 'Audacity of Short-Sightedness' article that you can read here on my Black Planet blog.
With all this going on-- (promoting the novels, writing blogs, holding down a day job as a stage manager for various New York-based TV shows, most recently The Jeremy Kyle Show)-- I don`t get out much. So feel free to hit me off with a private message or give the guestbook some love.
If you send a message and I don`t get back to you right away, try me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit my main website, www.brookwaterscurse.com.
If you are interested in ordering the book, you can go to Amazon.com, BN.com or anywhere books are sold online, or out there in the world.
IF YOU WANT AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY of
BROOKWATER'S CURSE VOLUME I, or
BROOKWATER'S CURSE VOLUME II
please send a $20.00 money order for Volume I or a $25.00 money order for Volume II-- (sorry no personal checks) to my new PO Box:
Laughing Black Vampire Productions, LLC
c/o Steven Van Patten
PO Box 24675
Brooklyn, NY 11202-4675
I also have a PayPal Account, but BP won't let me place the button here, so be sure to visit www.brookwaterscurse.com if PayPal is the payment option for you!
Oh and two other things---
I respect the hustle in all it's forms; street hustle, internet hustle, side hustle, etc. and so on. However, if you're posting messages in my guest book in the hopes that you can lure me to a porno site, stop wasting your time.
I love naked women as much as the next cat, but I'm here on business, you feel me?
New Item: To the sleazy, Nigerian jackass who stole my B&W pic and built a Black Planet page, presumably so you could con women on Black Planet-- seriously dude, what's wrong with you?
Why are there so many more people trying to rip people off on BP than on MYSPACE? Has anyone else noticed this? Am I all alone in the world?!!
All of you out here trying to rob your brothers and sisters with these scams and schemes are cowardly, lazy and really should be ashamed of yourselves. There, I'm glad to get that off my chest!
recent blog posts
Sometimes, when I have nothing to do but park myself in a bar and stare at pretty waitresses, my mind wanders. Sometimes I'll reflect on something really mundane, like how it's starting to finally warm up and maybe I'll be able to put the battery back in the motorcycle soon. Sometimes, I'll go nasty and wonder what the waitress would say if I told her she had a nice %#&@$! and then asked if I could stick my face in it. For the record, I would never actually say anything like that. I'm way too... (continue reading)
As most of you know, I'm not big on organized religion. Don't knock those that do, and never have. However, I am happy to say that I do believe in God, try to do what I think he wants me to most days. Despite what some people may consider cynicism, I consider myself fortunate to have many very spiritual people in my life. One of those people is my mother, who I visited today. She is a big churchgoer and has been most of her life. Like many parents, she has come to accept her child's... (continue reading)
You would think that with all the conservatives and Tea Party folks and everybody else saying all kinds of crazy things on TV, with white folks stomping out OTHER WHITE FOLKS at political rallies and all the disrespect that's been heaped on the first black president, black folks would have finally realized it was time to take their asses to the voting booths. Well, in some cases it happened and in other cases, it didn't.I find myself wondering exactly what does Obama have to do? Come to your... (continue reading)
1 Predators have cloaking devices, plasma canons mounted on their shoulders, masks loaded with infrared and ultraviolet filters, and electronic boomerangs that can cut a fat bastard like Gary Busey clean in half. Can you say inflated military budget?2 In Predator 2, the creature kills everyone he crosses paths with except Maria Conchita Alonso because she is pregnant. In other words, they believe in capital punishment, but oppose early pregnancy termination. 3 Locking humans in rooms with Alien... (continue reading)
I just wanted to share this with all of you... I have been named The Spotlight Author of the Month by ARC BOOK CLUB. This is very exciting and a very affirming moment. Please visit their site and share in the moment with me. www.arcbookclubinc.com. Happy Summer Everybody! SVP P.S. By the way, it wouldn't hurt if you guys visited MY website www.brookwaterscurse.com and got yourselves a copy of Brookwater's Curse Volume I or Brookwater's Curse Volume II. That way, you'll know what... (continue reading)
I have had plenty of friends who were DJs. I am not a DJ, but today I became one by default. So as fate would have it, I was playing music at a retirement home. This odd moment came about because a very good friend of mine who has provided audio visual services to various events all over Brooklyn over the past 30 years had to cover an event in Arizona. So he left me his rig, and his assistant and took off. Mind you, this was just supposed to be a PA mixing job, not a DJ gig! Set up some... (continue reading)