Talking shop

During a trip to Brisbane last weekend to take my two daughters down to visit their mother who has been on four weeks training for her job, I managed to meet with fellow author Stephen M. Irwin.

Irwin is the author of the fantastic horror thrillers The Dead Path and The Broken Ones (both from Hachette Australia) and having read and thoroughly enjoyed his books it was great to meet him face-to-face and talk shop.

During our chat, Steve I discovered we had a lot in common: we both have a media/public relations background; we’re both creative outside of our writing (illustration for me and film production for him), a mutual fear of spiders (which feature prominently in The Dead Path) and we also have young children.

Steve had some nice things to say about my latest novella The Noctuary and even asked if the demonic Muses that torment my poor writer Simon Ryan, were real.

Amongst other topics, we discussed “genre labelling”, literary agents and finding time to write between full time jobs and parental responsibilities. Steve also gave me an insight into the new novel he’s working on which will see the return of some of his characters from The Dead Path.

Although our chat was brief I went away feeling even more motivated than ever and somewhat glad to be able to talk about writing with someone who knows and loves the trade.

Once back home, I was happy to see the latest copy of Cemetery Dance Magazine – #65 had arrived in the mailbox.

Within its pages was an interview with one of my favourite horror authors Graham Masterton and he too revealed that he was once a journalist (what does this say about journalists though – is there a horror writer in every journalist, just waiting to escape?) I saw some pretty bad stuff in my eight years as a newspaper reporter, but I’m yet to harness any of it in my writing, still there’s no doubt that the people I interviewed during that time left their mark.

Another piece of wonderful news was to hear that my friends Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, who I worked with on the graphic novel Witch-Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, have been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in the categories of Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction and Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection respectively.

Rocky was nominated for his book Stephen King: A Literary Companion (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers) and Lisa was nominated for her amazing collection Monsters of L.A. (Bad Moon Books).

For the full list of nominees (and congratulations to them all!) visit

For more about Stephen M. Irwin and his books, you can visit his site HERE 

About darkscrybe

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia. Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the Well Publications). He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013. He is also the current President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. Greg lives in Rockhampton with his wife and their two daughters. * Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for “The Book of Last Words” (2019)
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3 Responses to Talking shop

  1. Sounds like a fantastic time; I always get excited talking to like-minded authors and sharing insights and experiences. It seriously does leave you feeling enthusiastic about getting on with your own work. 😀

    Does it count that I -nearly- went into journalism? Probably not, but something to think about, eh?


  2. The journalism connection is funny as hell. I was a student journalist my last two years of high school, and student editor of a community paper with a circulation of 10,000 monthly my last year. Ended up interning at the local paper and becoming the first intern at the time to write an article for the paper with a byline like their hired reporters.

    If I hadn't joined the Army, I TOTALLY could have been a mild-mannered reporter. =D

  3. Greg Chapman says:

    I don't think there is such a thing as a mild-mannered reporter Linc ;p. It's pretty much beaten out of you and replaced with cynicism!!


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