Man Attacks Literary Agent, Allegedly Because She Rejected His Query
UPDATE: There's some chatter that the writer accused of the attack on van Hylckama is innocent, and this was a random incident. Still scary, but with a slightly less convenient narrative. So, grains of salt all around.
Literary Agent Pam van Hylckama was attacked in her car yesterday, and though she originally thought it was a random incident, police believe the perp was a writer she rejected.
Details from the attack are up at Book Goggles:
The guy came up and knocked a side mirror off, then when Pam unrolled the window to talk to him, he began slamming her head against the steering wheel. Luckily Pam's dog was there to help protect her, biting the man and causing him to flee.
Though van Hylckama had gotten threatening e-mails, she brushed them off, figuring the scorn of jilted writers came with the territory. Police used those e-mails to get the sender's home address--criminal mastermind, this guy--and found the man with a fresh bite from van Hylckama's dog. He's now in custody. Hopefully the cops smacked him around a bit before taking him to central booking.
For more information you can click over to van Hylckama's Twitter account, where she appears to be in good spirits.
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