The Eschatologist now in paperback!

The print edition of my post-apocalyptic horror novella, The Eschatologist is now available.

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eschatologist3-smallThe paperback includes four black and white illustrations I created especially for this edition.

Released in January from Voodoo Press, The Eschatologist tells the story of David Brewer who is trying to keep his family alive in a world torn apart by a Biblical apocalypse. But there is hope is the guise of a mysterious saviour named Amos, who promises them sanctuary – in return for their devotion to God’s final and bloody plan.

Since being released in January, The Eschatologist has received several favourable reviews:

Greg Chapman opens the story with a gripping opening line, “The after-world was a canvas of ashen ruin painted by death.”

What follows is a story of family, sacrifice, and the scary idea that even in a world that has completely fallen apart there will always be a lunatic fringe.

You can read more of this review here – http://frankmichaelserrington.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/the-eschatologist-by-greg-chapman.html

Greg Chapman introduces us to the enigmatic figure of Amos in a post-apocalyptic landscape every bit as evocative as King’s Midworld. Here, the domestic aspect is strong … as a small family of memorable characters battles the blasted landscape and a prophet. A great premise all rendered in Chapman’s signature prose. – Matthew Tait, author of Davey Ribbon.

“Madness and murder and miracles all abound in The Eschatologist. Reminiscent of Barker’s early work, the end of the world has never been so bleak.” –Tim Marquitz, author of The Demon Squad

Available now in paperback from Amazon

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Guest post: Greg Chapman on “The Eschatologist: Post-Apocalyptic”

TEOTWAWKI!

I’ve hijacked Tracie McBride’s blog!

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I’m pleased to welcome Australian author Greg Chapman to my blog today to talk about his novella “The Eschatologist: Post-Apocalyptic”, scheduled for release on January 15.

After joining the Australian Horror Writers Association in 2009, Greg Chapman was selected for its mentor program under the tutelage of author Brett McBean. Since then he has had short stories published in The Absent Willow Review, Trembles, Eclecticism, Bete Noire and Morpheus Tales, comic artwork in Midnight Echo Magazine, and several novellas published by various small press. His debut collection “Vaudeville and Other Nightmares” was published in 2014.

He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel “Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times”, written by Bram Stoker Award winning authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton was published in 2012. It received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel.

Find out more about Greg at

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The Eschatologist trailer

The Eschatologist is available to pre-order from Amazon.

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Have a Horrible New Year

If I could say anything about 2015, I really hope I get more of the same in 2016.

tftc_new_years_promo03_0To me 2015 was a fairly modest year as far as my writing endeavours go (check out my bibliography), but I’m certainly not going to scoff at it.

The way I see it, ANY publishing success, regardless of level of publication or payment, is a win, so the handful of short stories I had published this year, may be small, but they will be what keeps me going next year and beyond.

I’m not as prolific a writer as I’d like to be, but this year I managed to complete a novel and I’m very happy with how it turned out. I may still be trying to find a publisher for it, but I got it done, and that’s half the battle.

My art (see my art website) seems to have taken the lead and I’ve probably produced more illustrations than words, but that’s cool too. It’s yin and yang as far as I’m concerned.

As the year draws to a close, and I approach my 40th year on this rock, I hope that this slow burn continues. I hope I keep writing and drawing and getting published. January will be off to a solid start with the publication of my novella, The Eschatologist. I hope you consider giving it a read.

I hope too that my writing friends and associates across the globe continue to kick goals as well and that we keep connecting in every way possible.

Here’s to 2015, but let’s bring on 2016 with a bang.

Happy New Year.

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Interview

Comic book and prose author Jason Franks has interviewed me about The Eschatologist.

Follow this link to find out more about my forthcoming book – http://www.jasonfranks.com/2015/12/interview-with-greg-chapman/

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Apocalyptic art

When I signed with Voodoo Press to publish my novella, The Eschatologist, I knew one of the first things I hoped to include was some internal illustrations to complement the story.

Art played a big role from the very beginning, with some favourite pieces of art influencing the overall look and feel of the narrative. I wanted to share some of them with you and also give you a little ‘hint’ at what my internal illustrations will look like.

The Great Day of His Wrath, by John Martin, was one of the first artworks which came to mind. This image is essentially what happens to the world in my story. The way this painting captures the absolute end of the world scenario has always taken my breath away.

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Another piece is The Triumph of Death by Hieronymus Bosch. The medieval times were so fraught with peril and faith in the end times, that it wasn’t hard for artists at the time to represent the apocalypse.

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The art of late Polish painter, Zdzisław Beksiński is also a huge influence. Although my story isn’t as surreal, the artist’s visionary landscapes appealed to me immediately.

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Now obviously with my artwork in The Eschatologist, I havent set out to replicate these masters, but rather add a few nuanaces to my story. I chose certain scenes and characters that I wanted to depict. Below is a taste of two of some of the images that will feature in the print edition of the novella.

The left image is of Amos, the antagonist of the story and the right depicts a scene early on in the tale.

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To view more inspiring apocalyptic art check out this slideshow

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/21/most-apocalyptic-imagery-_n_865032.html?ir=Australia#slide=start

The Eschatologist will be published on Janaury 15, 2016 in print and e-book versions. The e-book can be pre-ordered from Amazon now.

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Author Interview: Mark Allan Gunnells

12351057_1014276621944703_155013441_nUS author Mark Allan Gunnells’ collection, FLOWERS IN A DUMPSTER has just hit the physical and digital shelves and I wanted to get the lowdown on how it came about from the man himself. In this interview he talks about the collection, what influences his writing – and Clive Barker!

GC: You have a new short story collection out, FLOWERS IN A DUMPSTER from Crystal Lake Publishing.  How difficult was it to select the “best” of your writing?

MAG: I did spend a lot of time choosing the stories to include.  I wanted to display a range in tone and subject matter, length, and even time period the tales were written.  I have stories here that date back to my college years, and others that were written just last year.  I did some hemming and hawing, dropped a few stories I initially thought were shoe-ins, before finalizing the manuscript.  When I sent it in, Crystal Lake said if they would let me know if they thought any stories didn’t fit and we could work at replacing them, but they accepted the table of contents as it was and we didn’t drop anything.

GC: Your stories seem to push ordinary people into strange or confronting situations.  What is it about the human condition which fascinates you as a writer?

27911326MAG: I am very interested in how regular individuals react to extreme circumstances.  In some it seems to bring out leadership and heroism, whereas it others it brings out savagery and cruelty.  It makes me wonder, does being put in an extreme situation just make us more of who we always were deep down inside, or does it change us into something else entirely?  These are fascinating and somewhat fun questions to explore in fiction.

GC: You were lucky enough to have Clive Barker blurb your book – is he one of your biggest influences?

MAG: I consider Barker a huge influence on me, for several reasons.  For one, he’s just an amazing writer with amazing vision.  And one of the things that appeals to me most about him is that he first made his name and gained fame through short stories.  I am a passionate lover of the short form, and it really warms my heart to see a writer whose work in short fiction catapulted him so far so fast.  As a gay man, I remember reading about him coming out when I was a teen, and that was a tremendous inspiration because back in the early 90s there didn’t seem to be a place for gay writers in the horror community, not like there is now, but he gave me hope. 

Last year he was judging a short story competition based on one of his paintings, and I entered not really expecting much but just delighted by the idea that Barker would actually read something I wrote.  I was ecstatic and shocked when my tale “The Support Group” was chosen as 1st runner up.  Barker provided the tale with a generous and lovely blurb, which we were allowed to utilize for the collection which does contain that piece.

GC: You recently co-wrote a book with Aussie author Aaron Dries.  Can you tell us a bit about that experience?

MAG: Aaron Dries is one of the nicest fellows around, and a hell of a talented writer.  I had the pleasure of meeting him earlier this year at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, GA, and we instantly hit it off.  I’d already read some of his work and was a fan, and when he tossed out the idea of collaborating on something, I jumped on it.

He had an idea for a zombie novella that would not be your typical tale of the undead.  Something more metaphoric and emotional.  As we got into the story, it began to grow until it ended up a full-blown novel.  The process was so much fun for me, with us writing and then rewriting each other’s work so that our voices truly blended into one unique voice that was neither his nor mine but something totally ours.  I learned a lot from him and feel he helped me grow as a writer.

The novel is currently being read by a publisher, and we’re hopeful they will publish it.  If not, we’ll just shop it elsewhere, but I feel confident we’ll find a home for it.

GC:  What’s next for you – and what are you working on now?

MAG: Well, I’ve been in serious pimp mode for months now.  I had a Halloween collection HALLOWEEN HOUSE OF HORRORS out in October, a zombie novella FORT out in November, and now FLOWERS IN A DUMPSTER.  All projects I’m very proud of, so I’ve been working overtime spreading the word.

I’ve just started a new novella called BOOK HAVEN which is my first stab at a futuristic tale, while continuing to work on various short stories.  I also have a novel I plan to get into once the novella is done, my own unique twist on the haunted house tale called 432 ABERCORN.

Flowers in a Dumpster is available now from Crystal Lake Publishing

For more info on Mark, visit his blog – http://markgunnells.livejournal.com/

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