Victor LaValle’s The Ballad of Black Tom in Development at AMC

AMC announced that Victor LaValle’s The Ballad of Black Tom is in development for television as part of their “scripts-to-series development model that puts the emphasis on the most important part of our strategy – outstanding writing, a commitment to worlds you’ve never seen on TV before, and rich character development.”

The Ballad of Black Tom, from Tor.com Publishing, is a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, British Fantasy, World Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards, won the Shirley Jackson and This is Horror Award for Novella of the Year, and was named one of NPR‘s Best Books of 2016.

People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn’t there.

Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father’s head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.

A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?

 

 

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