A snippet of a 2008 interview with the author Victor LaValle.

It’s a place where a literal monster roams the long, institutional, fluorescent-lit halls — a buffalo-headed beast that stalks the overly medicated residents of a state mental hospital, and just one of many challenges faced by Pepper, the “one sane man” protagonist of The Devil in Silver.

The 2012 novel by Victor LaValle is one of several acclaimed works — including the American Book Award winner Big Machine — that will be read and discussed by the Queens-born author when the monthly series of Visiting Writers resumes at Brookdale Community College Wednesday evening.

Praised for his darkly offbeat sense of humor and frequently compared with such literary outlaws and pranksters as Ken Kesey, Chester Himes and John Kennedy Toole, LaValle takes it to the Navesink Room of the Student Life Center for a 7 pm appearance that’s free of charge and open to all, with a $3 suggested donation accepted to offset the coffee-and-biscotti refreshments.

For more info on this and other upcoming events in the Visiting Writers slate, email