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Author Daniel Handler, who writes under the pen name Lemony Snicket, is known for his dry wit and matter-of-fact take on the mysterious and macabre. In his A Series of Unfortunate Events books and Who Could That Be at This Hour?, the protagonists confront twisted characters and dastardly villains.
In his latest children's book, he takes on the dark itself, with the story of a young boy who confronts his biggest fear.
NPR's Neal Conan talks to Handler about his book The Dark.
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