The Next Big Thing

My comrade Lisa Morton recently tagged me with these interview questions as part of The Next Big Thing initiative – a concept to allow authors to help other authors, so here goes:

1) What is the working title of your next book?
The Last Night of October – obviously it’s about Halloween and it’s novella length.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
Being an Australian I’m intrigued (if not jealous) of the Trick r Treating past-time during Halloween and the idea of a sinister kid knocking on your door and demanding much more than candy from you was irresistible.

3) What genre does your book fall under?
Horror – of the supernatural variety.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Oh, that’s too hard to say, but when I was writing the main character Gerald Forsyth, I kept picturing Jack Lemmon in my mind.


5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Every Halloween 71-year-old Gerald Forsyth’s horrific past comes a-knocking … for his soul. 


6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’ll be sending it out to various novella publishers.


7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Probably six months in total. I was very happy to get it completed before Halloween – was sort of a goal.


8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury or Harvest Moon by James A. Moore.


9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Halloween itself really. I wanted to celebrate it more on a personal level and the best way to do that was write a story about it. 

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
I’ve tried to capture all the common tropes around Halloween: Trick r Treating, ghosts – and even witches. So if you’re looking for a good tale to scare the crap out of you on Halloween night then you should give it a go!

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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