The Noctuary video

So what started off as an idea for a trailer to promote my novella The Noctuary, turned into something a lot more adventurous, with illustrations, voice-over and sound effects coming together to create a mini-movie.

I took the first one and a half pages of The Noctuary and asked the amazingly talented voice over artist Ricky Grove to narrate it for me. Ricky went above and beyond simple narration, virtually acting out the excerpt in the characters of Simon Ryan and the sinister muse Meknok.

Ricky is a former actor, with credits including Army of Darkness and Babylon 5, but he now specialises in voice acting and animation!

When I first heard Ricky’s VO and specifically his interpretation of Meknok, I had to look over my shoulder just to make sure the Muse wasn’t standing behind me! It was simply that good!

Originally the entire VO was well over five minutes and I found I had to create quick charcoal illustrations just to fill in the gaps, but with Ricky’s sound advice and sound effects, we managed to trim it back to little over three minutes.

The final result, I think you’ll agree is just superb and already I’m pondering how to present my art and writing in this format again in the future. Let me know what you think!

You can find out more about Ricky 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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2 Responses to The Noctuary video

  1. I really like it. The video is quite exciting.

  2. Greg Chapman says:

    Many thanks Michael…it was a lot of fun to create

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