“JC: Though the book also has elements of horror, like Stephen King, it reads very differently than a Stephen King novel. Do you consider it in the horror genre?
“VLV: It’s my great hope that this book will be considered a horror novel! Sometimes reviewers and readers have been resistant to offer the label, maybe because they think it’s some kind of insult. But the horror genre is vast and full of brilliance. Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Herman Melville, the book of Esther. I’ll happily join that list.”