Nightmares unleashed!

My debut collection, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares, is now available in paperback from Black Beacon Books!

Selecting the 24 tales for this novel-length collection was a challenge, but I feel the tome will provide horror readers a broad scope of dark delights and maybe seed a few new nightmares of their own.

The print edition can be purchased via this LINK. The retail proice is $USD12.50 plus postage and handling. The digital edition is also available for pre-order from Smashwords for $USD4.99.

If you stay tuned to the official launch page on Facebook, you’ll soon see details of a very special competition to celebrate the release.

Early reviews for Vaudeville and Other Nightmares have been positive, and of course, my peers have also had some nice things to say:

“Greg Chapman is a new voice in horror and brings fresh angles to our genre, which too often recycles unoriginal stories. There is a cinematic quality to his storytelling, which lodges itself in your imagination, deepening the bold and disturbing tales he delivers. Approach Vaudeville and Other Nightmares with care and whatever you do, leave the lights on!” – Rocky Wood, Bram Stoker Award (R) winning author of Stephen King: A Literary Companion

 “I’ve been an unabashed fan of Greg Chapman’s extraordinary fiction since I read his first book, The Noctuary, and what I said about that book applies to all of his work – it’s elegant, violent, witty, and packs an emotional wallop. This collection should provide a feast for gourmets of horror who appreciate an artfully crafted, disturbing tale.” – Lisa Morton, multiple Bram Stoker Award winning author of Zombie Apocalypse: Washington Deceased

 Vaudeville and Other Nightmares is a murderer’s row of horror stories. Greg Chapman’s dark and original visions of ghosts, good versus evil, horrific entities, and worlds gone mad are inventive, chilling, and rich with unique imagery. An utterly irresistible collection.” – James Chambers, author of The Engines of Sacrifice and Three Chords of Chaos

You can also read an interview with me over at the BBB website.

I hope you’ll consider giving my collection a look as we get closer to the best time of year!

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Horror on the radio

I was very fortunate last week to be interviewed by ABC Local Radio for it’s “Getting to Know You” segment and talk about all things horror.

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Twenty minutes talking to Mornings host Kim Kleidon about how I got into writing and horror fiction specifically was a whole lot of fun because any opportunity to discuss horror fiction is one not to be passed up.

In the interview you’ll hear about my inspirations, my thoughts about Halloween, my favourite authors and the Australian Horror Writers Association and the US Horror Writers Association.

You might also hear about my upcoming novella The Eschatologist and the novel I’m currently working on. I hope you give it a listen.

Thanks to Kim Kleidon and Megan Hendry at the ABC for the opportunity.

Click on the PLAY button below!

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The Horror of Grief

Looking back on my work over the years, I’ve discovered there’s a recurring theme in all of my novellas – a child going through grief.

Torment features a girl whose mother died during an exorcism.

The Noctuary is about a man who is given the chance to go back and change a horrible moment in his childhood.

Vaudeville deals with a boy coming to terms with his father’s passing and finally…

The Last Night of October is about two children whose lives are changed forever on Halloween.

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I know this is my sub-conscious at work here because grief and close personal loss defined my early teenage years.

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When I was about 15 my best friend died suddenly at school. He’d had a history of heart problems and one day while playing sport his heart stopped and he never regained consciousness. When it happened I wasn’t at school because I had to go home and collect a piece of homework I’d left behind. When I got back to school I was told what happened. I was devastated and even more so when I went up to hospital to say my goodbyes. This moment, naturally stuck with me. I’d lost relatives; grandparents, uncles and aunts when I was younger, but then I never really understood the finality of death.

 

These feelings were reinforced when I lost my mother to breast cancer five years ago, when Rocky Wood passed away in December last year and a few months ago when my mother-in-law died.

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Grief is a powerful force and I conjure the feelings I experienced all those years ago in my writing. Perhaps my writing is my mind trying to come to terms with the loss of all the loved ones I’ve lost over the years.

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Horror, to me, is more about the human condition than monsters under the bed or gore for gore’s sake. Horror is when someone is taken from life before their time and I think all of us can relate to that in some way or another.

 

 

 

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News: Voodoo Press to publish my novella “The Eschatologist” in 2015!

I’m very excited to reveal that this week I signed a contract with Voodoo Press to publish my post-apocalyptic novella, The Eschatologist.

Voodoo Press, which is based in Malta, recently began publishing English language titles and I’m proud to have been added to their line up of releases for 2015.

 

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The Eschatologist is a survival horror tale centred on David Brewer, who is trying to keep his family alive in a world torn asunder by a Biblical apocalypse. Yet there is salvation, in the guise of a stranger who offers survivors sanctuary. All they have to do is declare their faith in God’s final – and bloody – plan.

In addition I’ll be providing some internal illustrations for the novella.

I’ve been wanting to release a post-apocalyptic tale for some time and I’m very eager to start working with Voodoo Press.

Stay tuned for more details on the release of The Eschatologist in the near future.

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Four-colour frights!

Four-colour frights!.

Check out my gallery of horror artwork.

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Bullets and Ballerinas

The one-shot crime noir comic, Bullet Ballerina I illustrated for award-winning author Tom Piccirilli is now available for pre-order from SST Publications.

This was a whole lot of fun putting this together. Tom’s script was smart and sharp and full of wit and emotion. It was a real privilege to be able to bring his characters to life on the page. I received a proof copy last week and it looks amazing.

Below is the cover and two pages from the book.

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SST will release the book in hardcover, paperback and digital formats on June 1, but you can pre-order a copy now via this link:

https://www.sstpublications.co.uk/Bullet-Ballerina.php

A signature version with mine and Tom’s signatures will also be available.

You can learn more about Tom’s writing via his website – http://thecoldspot.blogspot.com.au/

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Passion and Pain

A lot of authors I know don’t write full time.

I’m one of those authors.

The simple fact is that it doesn’t generate enough income to chuck the day job away.

But it will never stop me from doing what I love to do.

I’ve recently been profiled on David McDonald’s blogsite as part of his “Paying for Our Passion” series, where authors from a wide range of genres and places talk about what they sacrifice to create.

You can read my piece here –

http://www.davidmcdonaldspage.com/2015/04/paying-for-our-passion-greg-chapman/

On the other side of the coin, there’s another series of guest posts on authors’ fetishes, or secret inspirations, over at Lee Battersby’s blog.

In my guest post I reveal that I actually have a very messy dungeon in my house.

http://battersblog.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/fetish-friday-greg-chapman.html

Thanks heaps to David and Lee for giving me the opportunity to hijack their websites. :P

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Dark Offerings

I’ve been writing quite a few short stories of late and I thought, given it’s been a while between posts, that I’d share a few lines from them….

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He realised he was telling himself the same thing he told his patients. Grief was no more than an addiction you had to let go of.

His crying woke me up in the middle of the night. I went to wake Mummy to try and tell her, but she was too asleep. The man was standing in the backyard, crying and singing, but his singing sounded a lot like moaning. I heard the word Allah again and wondered if he wanted his God.

Melissa saw Josie Miller’s smiling face inside her head. She seemed so nice, so happy; until she came to this place. Now Melissa would join her in madness.

The cries were a symphony to Doctor Edgar Harding, a howling song that struck the soul with the certainty of a tuning fork.

The witches visited her more frequently, sometimes three times a night. The women were little more than shadows, their gowns loose shrouds barely keeping their dark souls together. 

Share some lines from your work (or works) in progress in the comments. :)

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