Unlocking the doors

Ironically, if someone asked me why I write and draw, the only way I could put it into words would be to write it down. Hence this post.

It’s like breathing; a necessity. If I don’t create one drawing or write something every day, then I don’t feel like I’ve achieved anything.

Just today, I drew this. It’s by no means a perfect drawing. It doesn’t mean a great deal, but I just had to get it out of me. It took me about 20 minutes to draw.


I also started a new short story that I plan on subbing to an anthology. The central theme for the story is “wounds”, both psychological and physical. I look forward to seeing where it takes me.

If I had my way this would be the extent of my existence. Writing and drawing my life away. Because it’s what makes me TRULY happy.

I saw a picture on Facebook today, an illustration of what looked like Alice about to step inside a gigantic book that had had a door cut into it. This is exactly what it’s like to be a reader.


For a writer it’s much more. There are hundreds more doors, waiting to be opened. Behind those doors are monsters, or angels, signs and wonders. When I am writing or drawing I feel like I’m unlocking all those doors and freeing what’s on the other side.

My art can be quite macabre at times and I think it’s my subconscious trying to express some fear of mortality.

I’d love to know what drives everyone else to create. Is it a compulsion that you have to fulfil, or is it simply a labour of love?

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 Unlocking the doors

  1. Great post, Greg. And great pics! For me, there’s no choice — I write. It’s part of who I am. Storytelling is the greatest gig in the world, sure, it can sometimes sucker-punch you and laugh while it does so, but I can’t think of ever doing anything else.

  2. prutigli says:

    For me, it’s almost an infection of the brain. An idea strikes me, slowly building in my head until I NEED to get it out on paper in a weird form of exorcism.

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