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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A grunt, a ballerina … and Tom Piccirilli!

Gangsters, guns, a grunt and a feisty girl, all together in a graphic novel one-shot, written by multi-award-winning author Tom Piccirilli.

Sounds pretty good, don’t it?

Yesterday Short, Scary Tales (SST) Publications announced a new graphic novel project that I will be illustrating – BULLET BALLERINA.

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Written by the legendary Tom Piccirilli, this is a modern crime noir tale of revenge and retribution and two unlikely characters joining forces to reap mayhem on some bad guys!

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I’ve already started roughing it out, but naturally I can’t reveal any artwork just yet. It’s going to be a whole lot of fun drawing this!

Check out SST Publications’ official announcement on their Facebook page.

Find out more about Tom Piccirilli HERE

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Halloweek!

It’s “Halloweek”!

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Halloween Week will be a busy one for me, with my family and I hosting a graveyard display and a series of events to promote the release of my collection, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares.

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If you’re reading this, and you’re from Rockhampton, then you can come along on October 29 to meet me at the Rockhampton Regional Library, where I’ll host a bit an informal open mike session on writing. More details HERE.

On Thursday October 30 – Halloween Eve – I’ll be having a signing event for my collection at the CQUniversity Bookshop from 12 noon. Visit the Bookshop’s website for more information.

Then on Halloween, after Trick or Treating around the neighbourhood with my kids, I’ll be heading to the Southside Cemetery for a Halloween Walk with Rockhampton Ghost Tours. I might even read a spooky tale while I’m there.

I hope to meet you at one of these events!

So all in all, it’s going to be an amazing week and one I’ll never forget! Happy Halloween to you!

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Tell the best damn story you can

I’m not going to pretend that I know everything about writing and publishing, but since my first publication in 2009, I’ve learned many lessons about the craft.

This past week I’ve seen a few authors worrying about the mechanics of publishing, specifically copy-editing and proofreading. This is important, but not as important as STORY. For me, plot, characters, and theme are what makes a good story. The blow-by-blow editing comes after, as a necessary evil to ensure that the plot, characters and theme come together seamlessly. But without a good story as the foundation, the editing is going to become torture.

So, if I’m able to impart anything about editing, it’s this: first and foremost, sit down and write the best possible STORY you can and worry about the editing when it’s time to edit. Get the first draft down. Leave it. Let it breathe, like a bottle of wine. Then maybe send it on to some trusted beta readers for feedback. Take that feedback as constructive criticism and nothing more, and if need be, rewrite. Don’t be afraid to rewrite. Don’t be afraid to hack and slash. I like to edit as I go, re-reading the previous passage or chapter before starting a new one. It keeps me focused on the plot, characters and theme. But this is how I do it. In the end, you should write for yourself, tell the story you want to tell, or would like to read. Then it will be honest. You’re a storyteller, not an editor and that’s why publishers have editors.

Write your story. Live it. Love it. I wish you all the best with it.

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Halloween Haunts and Horror Selfies!

It’s October and you know what that means – all the horror writers come out to play.

Right now the Horror Writers Association is getting into the swing of things by launching its annual Halloween Haunts blog series and now Horror Selfies.

Horror authors from around the world are pushing the literacy bandwagon by encouraging people to pick up a horror book to enjoy.

I contributed my Horror Selfie HERE. I’m a bit scary-looking, but hey, I’m a horror writer :)

I’ll also be participating in Halloween Haunts later in the month with a blog post about how I am celebrating Halloween in Australia – a country which is only just catching on to the fun.

Head over to the Halloween Haunts blogsite to read some very inspiring articles to get you in the mood for Halloween!

Another initiative, started by Neil Gaiman, is All Hallow’s Read, which encourages people to give someone a horror book as a gift on Halloween.

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New words

About a week ago I started drafting a new novel, a sort of haunted-house-from-the-outside-looking-in type story that centres on the neighbouring houses and the people within.

The words are flowing rather smoothly, which is very encouraging and I also have that itch where I want to keep writing it, so all things considered, I’m feeling really good about this one.

I’m also feeling the anticipation building for my debut collection, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares, which will be available from next Friday (September 19!)

The first pre-release review has just come in and I think I can breathe a sigh of relief now :) Check it out HERE.

More details on the collection are available at Black Beacon Books’ website.

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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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