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Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Science_Fiction

Born: 1980 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Venturini was born in the Chicago area, but moved to Southern Illinois in his pre-K years. He’s lived in a variety of small towns, including Vernon, Patoka, Salem, Carlyle, and Aviston. He is a 1998 graduate of Patoka High School, and a 2002 graduate of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, where he earned a B. S. in English. The Samaritan, Venturini's debut novel, is about a boy who grows up in Vernon Hills, only to learn he can regenerate his organs and limbs. Set strongly with the downstate feel that Illinois offers, The Samaritan features a multitude of fictional and real Illinois towns.

Biographical and Professional Information

Fred Venturini grew up in Patoka, Illinois, where he survived being lit on fire by a bully, a neck-breaking car accident, and being chewed up by a pit bull. His short fiction has appeared in places like River Styx, The Death Panel, Sick Things, Johnny America, Booked Anthology, Noir at the Bar 2, and Necrotic Tissue. He is also a two-time Chuck Palahniuk anthology finalist. He earned his MFA from Lindenwood University in 2009, and in early 2011, his debut novel The Samaritan was released by Blank Slate Press.

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