Recurring Nightmares

Apparently we dream anywhere between 4 to 6 times a night. I wonder how many of those dreams are of the dark kind, but we simply don’t remember them? What if they’re nightmares we SHOULD remember, but they’re hidden from us?

I think there might be a story in that ;P

The worst nightmare I had was only a few months ago. I was in a room, in a compound owned by a group of cultists, and I was about to be initiated into their coven. The initiation involved me losing a hand. It was a vivid, yet fleeting vision, but I remember waking up, my heart racing as I slowly tried to reconnect with reality. It took me a long time to fall back to sleep I’ll tell you.

Funny thing is, I very rarely have nightmares and I think this is what gives me the ability to write horror. I daydream a lot, which in turn, conjures up many a story idea.

Which brings me to the topic of this post.

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Black Beacon Books has announced the release date for my debut collection, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares – SEPTEMBER 19, 2014!

If you are interested in seeing what nightmares I can conjure up, then this collection will have 24 tales that aim to ensure you never sleep again, including my novella, Vaudeville, originally published as an e-book in 2012, but released in print for the first time in this collection.

My publisher, Cameron Trost has created a launch event page over on Facebook. The launch is only a virtual one, but I might have a more formal launch a little closer to Halloween.

Trosty is encouraging people to purchase a paperback upon the September 19 release and then get their photo taken with it while wearing their favourite Halloween costume. There might even be a prize in it for one lucky winner!

So please, head over to the launch page and join up and also keep an eye out on my Facebook author page for interesting tidbits on the stories within the collection.

Oh, and by all means share some of your nightmares here in the comments – I’d love to hear them >:P

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Table of Contents

Here’s a taste of the stories you’ll find inside my debut collection, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares, coming in paperback and digital formats on September 19, 2014.

A grief-stricken young boy finds the truth about his father’s inexplicable death is held by demonic thespians in the woods. To get it, he must find an audience for their final macabre performance.

Little Lacey loves to skate across the icy Lost Lake, but danger lurks above – and below – its surface.

Job interviews can be hell, but the role James has applied for could see his employer own him body – and soul.

As the storm to end all storms rages across a small town, leaving the ground red, the townsfolk look to their sins, reopening old wounds.

For his wife to live, Goran Vali has to feed a creature the treasures of the dead.

Michael Ford likes to watch. He’s the peeker who gazes upon the weak and wounded, the shameful and the damned. Yet, who watches the watcher?

Des is about to become reacquainted with an old friend. The face of his alter ego, “Muto”, famed horror host of many a television midnight, but Des is about to discover that true horror lies within.

Nothing can sever the bond between father and son – no matter how hard the father tries.

Clark wants to know the love of a woman, to be free of his mother’s house. But mother knows best from her boy – even from beyond the grave.

Lucius loves to bury things; his toys, his friend Dave Cooley. Before she killed herself, Lucius’ mother told him it was all because of his father. To find out if she was right, Lucius will embark on a quest to the deepest, darkest parts of the earth. He might just feel right at home.

Forfeit your life and you might just have to repay it in kind.

In a world that won’t wake up, Simon will face an ever-creeping shadow around his heart. A shadow that won’t rest until he sleeps.

Why do you have nightmares? Where do they come from? Welcome to The Fear Centre!

Cut: a stinging stream of blood; a trail in the dark for all to dread. Slice: a burning mark to map scars left unsaid.

Some Djinn are imprisoned out of hate, others out of trickery, but some seal themselves away with broken hearts. Of all the Djinn, theirs is the power everlasting.

What’s in a name? Evil, control, pain. The Name in the Dark. This ain’t no fairy tale.

Inside everyone beats the heart of a killer. Inside us all.

In a world where crime is solved with magic, Detective Tobias Knowles is about to stumble upon the murder case of his career, and discover talents he never knew he had.

Father Malloy is about to hear a dangerous man’s confession, and put his faith in the redemptive power of the Blood of Christ to the test.

Imagine if you had to relive your grief again and again – this is the Breadth of an Instant.

The black bird in his dreams at night and at his window in the day, the neighbour who offers him a compass, the other reflection in the mirror. Is Patrick Oswald Edwards going mad, or simply becoming someone he used to be?

Maria’s days as a victim of domestic abuse are coming to an end. The river is calling and she will be baptised anew.

It t’was the morning of Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring. Not even a mouse. But the presents are bleeding, and for young Nicholas fear abounds, as Santa secret is out.

For years Leslie Schiller’s childhood memories of her father Henry involved nightmares of him chained to his typewriter, watched by an agent of shadow. So when she receives a letter from him ordering her to destroy his writings she can’t help but be drawn to his den of literary despair. Amongst his piled pages of typed text, she’ll discover that hers and even the nightmares of history can be scripted to meet a bloody end.

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Artistic endeavours

Two books officially released this week feature some of my art – and some amazing fiction!

SNAFU, is a military horror anthology featuring authors such as Jonathan Maberry, Weston Ochse and James A. Moore, to name a few, and is published by Cohesion Press.

Visit their website for purchasing information.

Head over to the book’s listing on Amazon and read the first of what will be many 5 star reviews and have a [Look Inside] to check out the frontispiece illustration I did to accompany Mr Maberry’s Joe Ledger tale, Bughunt.

The other anthology is Subtropical Suspense, published by Black Beacon Books and it features nine mystery stories set in Brisbane. I provided the cover art, which you can see below.

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You can purchase Subtropical Suspense HERE

Both tomes were produced in Australia and I’m very privileged to have played a small role in their creation.

Please support these publishers if you can.

 

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Dungeon-Master!

They say a writer needs his/her space in order to be creative and this certainly applies to me.

Much to my family’s chagrin, when I need to work (whether it be writing or illustrating), I retreat into my office/man-cave/dungeon. It’s kind of like the contents of my head on four walls. I’m comfortably surrounded by copies of my own published writing and illustrations, novels, DVDs, art materials and artworks and as soon as I walk in to the room, I know where I am and who I am.

So when it was time to move house (we moved almost three weeks ago), I was simultaneously excited and nervous. I didn’t want to take apart my dungeon and pack it to move. Firstly because I have so much stuff and secondly because I felt like I was tearing myself down, putting all my little pieces away inside dozens of boxes. There were at least two days where I no longer had an office and I felt completely lost.

Then we moved house and after about a week of unpacking all the important life stuff, it was time to go down and check out my new space. The good part was that my new dungeon was twice the size of the old one, which was really exciting. I had a blank canvas to work with.

My lovely wife and I had also spent a bit of time giving the old bookshelves a new coat of varnish before we moved and they looked totally amazing in the new room. Around the same time I received a replica skull from the incredible people at Nightshade FX down in Melbourne, and this just fit perfectly on the shelf.

These dens define us as writers and despite my fears, my new one feels exactly like the old one, and that is very comforting.

I’d love to see other writer’s dens and dungeons, so please share here or at my Facebook page – www.facebook.com/GregChapman.Author

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Vaudeville and Other Nightmares cover reveal

And I can finally reveal the full cover art for my forthcoming collection – Vaudeville and Other Nightmares.

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I created this artwork for the cover. Depicted is the character Mister Crispin, from the title novella, Vaudeville. He’s a nasty little fella who leads a band of demonic troubadours who lurk in the woods, preying on souls.

You can read more about Vaudeville HERE and some more details on my collection can be found in my previous post.

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Australian Shadows Awards finalists announced!

It’s that time of year again when we celebrate the cream of Australia’s horror writing crop with the Australian Shadows Awards.

Shadows Awards put Australian writers in the spotlight

These awards, co-ordinated by the Australian Horror Writers Association recognise the best in horror in the edited work, collection, novel, long and short fiction categories.

Having judged the Shadows last year I know how difficult it can be to pick the best of the best when there are so many talented authors, editors and publishers out there.

But here is the list of finalists announced on June :

For Edited Publication:

MIDNIGHT ECHO 9, BY GEOFF BROWN
A KILLER AMONG DEMONS, BY CRAIG BEZANT
BABY TEETH – BITE SIZED TALES OF TERROR, BY DAN RABARTS AND LEE MURRAY
STAR QUAKE 1, BY SOPHIE YORKSTON

For Collected Works:

This year, there is no shortlist. In 7 days, the winner will be announced.

For Short Fiction:

NIP, TUCK, ZIP, PLUCK, BY JOHN PAUL FITCH
FENCE LINES, BY JOANNE ANDERTON
THE NEST, BY C.S. MCMULLEN
CATERPILLARS, BY DEBBIE COWENS
THE DEAD WAY, BY JC HART

For the PAUL HAINES SHADOWS AWARD for LONG FICTION:

SOUL KILLER, BY ROBERT HOOD
THE HOME FOR BROKEN DOLLS, BY KIRSTYN MCDERMOTT
THE UNWANTED WOMEN OF SURREY, BY KAARON WARREN

For Novel:

UNDEAD KELLY, BY TIMOTHY BOWDEN
TOPSIDERS, BY SCOTT TYSON
809 JACOB STREET, BY MARTY YOUNG

The list of finalists in the Edited category is pretty exciting as I contributed to Midnight Echo Issue 9 with some artwork and a story in A Killer Among Demons.

Good luck to all the finalists. I look forward to the announcement about the winners!

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NEWS: Black Beacon Books to publish my collection “Vaudeville and Other Nightmares”!

Looks like Halloween will be another cracker this year with a collection of some of my tales to be unleashed in September!

The collection, titled Vaudeville and Other Nightmares will be published by Black Beacon Books, an emerging publisher from my home state of Queensland.

The book, which will be available in print and e-book, will contain my third novella, Vaudeville, in print for the first time, as well as 23 other short stories, including several previously unpublished tales. One tale in particular will see the return of a certain demonic muse, from my popular novella, The Noctuary.

My old friend and mentor Brett McBean has even humbled me by writing an introduction for the book.

Black Beacon Books has also been kind enough to let me provide the artwork for the cover of the collection and offer signed copies of all my print novellas (Torment, The Noctuary and The Last Night of October) and some Halloween-inspired artwork as a competition. Stay tuned for me details on that in the weeks to come!

Here’s a sneak peek at the cover art!

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This is my first published collection and I hope it pleases old readers and new. For more info check out Black Beacon Books’ website or their Facebook page.

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