Midnight Echo 17 an Australian Shadows Award nominee!

Big news this week that the issue of Midnight Echo I guest-edited – Midnight Echo Issue 17, is a nominee in the 2022 Australian Shadows Awards, in the Edited Works category!

Given this is my first time editing an anthology or magazine, I’m pretty chuffed the judges felt that ME17 was worthy of a nomination.

Even better one of the stories I selected for the issue, “The Tub”, by J Ashley-Smith, is a nominee in the Short Fiction category and I’m ecstatic for Joseph as well! It goes without saying that I’m also proud of all the other contributors to the issue!

I’ve been nominated in the Shadows three times before with my debut novel Hollow House and my novella The Eschatologist (now known as The Followers) being nominated in 2016, and my short story “The Bone Maiden” in 2015. So this latest makes four in four separate categories!

The winners of the 2022 Australian Shadows Awards will be announced at Asylum Fest in October.

Midnight Echo Issue 17 is a publication of the Australasian Horror Writers Association and is available in digital and print formats.

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Cover Reveal: Midnight Masquerade by Greg Chapman

Very excited for IFWG Publishing to reveal the front cover artwork I created for my forthcoming collection, “Midnight Masquerade”. Look for it on Halloween this year!

IFWG Publishing

IFWG is very pleased to reveal the front cover of Greg Chapman’s upcoming collection of short horror fiction, Midnight Masquerade. As a skilled and talented artist in his own right, it is only appropriate that he rendered the art and design himself – with spectacular effect.

This will be the first of two collections IFWG will be releasing of Chapman’s works – the other will be titled Black Days and Bloody Nights, which will be released in December 2024. Both works contains reprints of some of his acclaimed novellas, alongside significant, new fiction pieces.

Midnight Masquerade will be released globally on the 31st October 2023.

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“Dura Mater” published at Nightmare Fuel Magazine

My creepy piece of flash fiction, “Dura Mater” has been published at Nightmare Fuel Magazine. Inspired by the MK Ultra mind control experiments and trephination. Check it out via the link below.


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The Sixth Collection

Hey friends in horror!

I know it’s been a while but I wanted to give you all a sneak peek at my sixth fiction collection, Midnight Masqueradewhich will be published this September by IFWG Publishing! 

Midnight Masquerade will be my sixth fiction collection when it’s released and will contain my novellas “The Last Night of October” and “Vaudeville” and five new short stories on a similar theme – namely Halloween and carvinal-esque horror.

It was a whole lot of fun writing these new stories and I hope readers will like them. 

Multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Lisa Morton has also penned a very flattering introduction for the book. She knows me and my fiction far too well!

A snippet of the cover.

If you haven’t read any of my short fiction before you can pick up copies of some of my other collections, including “Vaudeville and Other Nightmares“, “This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories“, or “Bleak Precision

Even though the release is still several months away I have also been hard at work designing the book cover and book trailer. 

These assets are vital for the success of any book release and thankfully I have the right software for the job. 

I’ll be releasing the trailer halfway through the year but I thought I’d share a snippet of what it will look like.

Midnight Masquerade will be a good novel-length-sized book when it’s released and will also include some black-and-white illustrations by yours truly!

Here are the “synopses” for each of the new stories:

Clown-for-hire, Harvey has the worst day of his life

A childhood display of malice is resurrected thirty years later

A priest finds true faith means devotion to blood and pain

Revenge shows Emma what lies beneath her mask of fear

A Halloween expert unleashes her own personal hell

Midnight Masquerade is the first of two collections I’ll have out this year and next, with Black Days and Bloody Nights to follow in late 2024.

I hope you all give it a chance when it’s released – thank you for your continued support!

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Midnight Echo 17

In a few weeks, the Australasian Horror Writers Association will release the latest issue of its magazine, Midnight Echo – issue 17.

I’ve had stories and artwork in Midnight Echo before, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to guest-edit an issue.

Being a writer and being an editor are two very different beasts. You have your own ideas of what you want, but ultimately you are driven by the authors. I received dozens of submissions for the issue, but I only ended up choosing 13 stories – by 13 authors who genuinely moved me.

In Midnight Echo 17 you’ll find stories of deception, superstition, self-discovery, torment, grief, addiction, and survival. Most of all you’ll read works that show how horror can unveil the many layers of humanity – both good and bad. Included are two exceptional tales which won last year’s AHWA Robert N Stephenson Short and Flash Fiction Competition.

I want to congratulate and thank all the authors for their stories because, in the end, it’s about you and your tales. I also want to thank the AHWA for allowing me to put the issue together.

Midnight Echo 17, which will be published on August 20, is available to pre-order NOW. I hope you’ll give it a whirl.

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New Acquisitions: Midnight Masquerade & Black Days and Bloody Nights by Greg Chapman

I’m really excited to be working with great Aussie publisher, IFWG Publishing and bringing readers new short fiction!

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IFWG Publishing Australia is proud to announce two new dual publications from Bram Stoker Award and Australian Shadows Award nominated author and artist, Greg Chapman, for 2024.

MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE and BLACK DAYS AND BLOODY NIGHTS will collect brand new fiction alongside Chapman’s acclaimed novellas,’The Last Night of October’,’The Followers’,’Vaudeville’and’Torment’.

Of the dual works Chapman said: “Midnight MasqueradeandBlack Days and Bloody Nightswill feature new stories inspired by my novellas, so expect more new terrifying tales of Halloween, creature features, post-apocalyptic nightmares, gothic grotesqueries and otherworldly horrors.”

IFWG Publishing Managing Director Gerry Huntman added, “Chapman is a very well known writer and artist in Australia, but also has built a significant reputation in other regions, particularly in North America. It was a no-brainer for us to acquire his impressive novellas, and exciting to publish his original short fiction.”

Midnight Masquerade is scheduled for release in the third quarter…

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Winning in the time of COVID

Hey all, it’s been a while between newsletters and thankfully that’s mainly due to the fact that I’ve been busy creating comics, book covers, and fiction while dealing with the impacts of COVID-19.

We all know how tough it has been. It might have affected my day job with many of my co-workers being made redundant, but if anything, I’ve been able to distract myself with new art and stories.

And, in an attempt to stay positive I’ve decided to run a bit of a competition. Anyone who is subscribed to my newsletter will go into the draw to win signed paperback copies of my three novels – Hollow HouseThe Noctuary: Pandemonium, and Netherkind. More details below, so please, read on!

It took five months to arrive here in Australia thanks to COVID, but I was rather chuffed to receive the Bram Stoker Awards Finalist certificate for my short story, “The Book of Last Words”, from my collection This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark StoriesYou can listen to Tales To Terrify’s audio rendition of the story, HERE

In other news, I recently won two separate art contests. One was through 99 Designs, to design a book cover for a spy novel, while the other was a logo for an upcoming horror-themed event in Florida. Check out the winning art below.


I recently released a ‘chapbook’ of short stories and art on Amazon.

Why did I do this? I guess I’m experimenting with self-publishing. I know that’s not for every author, but for me it’s fun putting these little packages together.

Below are a couple of reviews:

“This showcases the variety of ways Greg is able to deliver his stories and it is a prime way for people to check out his work. The standouts for me were ‘Kakophony’ and ‘Mongrel.’ The illustrations in this are amazing…” – Steve Stred, Kendall Reviews

“Chapman delivers on his promise, providing a literary mural of disturbing beauty in a concise and effective package.” – Rebecca Rowland, Rowland Books

I was recently interviewed as part of the Australian SF Snapshot Project. Every few years the Project team raises the profile of Australian authors about their latest works.


I used to have vivid nightmares as a child. The dark terrified me. I believed all the imaginary things in the world were out to get me. Then I grew up.

I became a journalist and discovered how sometimes reality could be truly awful. Years before that though, I got a taste of that reality. At 15, I lost a childhood friend and wrote about this in my novella Vaudeville. Before that, I recall going to my grandmother’s funeral and later watching my grandfather struggling for breath with emphysema (I used some of that memory in my novella The Last Night of October). Just 10 years ago my mother died of breast cancer. I don’t have the nerve to write about that. In 2014, Rocky Wood, a man who took a chance on me to illustrate his graphic novel about the history of witches, died from ALS. He’d taken me to the World Horror Convention in the US – paying out of his own pocket – and gave me countless memories of just how amazing the horror community is. The following year my mother-in-law passed away. I’ve experienced a lot of grief in my life, and it’s probably one of the main themes I write about. Obviously, it’s my way of dealing with it.

More than 20 years ago I experienced atrial fibrillation for the first time and had to hospitalised. AF is something my dad has lived with most of his life. t wasn’t fun and it was probably the first time I thought about my own mortality. There was a point that I thought I would die. But then I grew up. Soon after, I met my wife and we had two beautiful daughters together. Sure I’m still a cynical complainer stuck fast in the middle of a mid-life crisis. but I feel like I can handle my fears.

Well, I did… until a few months ago.

In May, while working from home thanks to COVID-19, my eldest daughter Abbi started experiencing headaches and blurry vision. Being good parents, we took her to the GP and our worst fears came true – there was something going on in her brain. A cyst on her pineal gland was blocking the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. Within a few hours, we were getting ready to drive six hours to our capital city so she could have urgent endoscopic surgery. This was what scared me. I didn’t want my first-born child to die. Yet, strangely, I wasn’t panicking. All that past fear had prepared me and if anything I was numb. Somehow I knew everything was going to be alright. And it was.

My daughter’s surgery went like clockwork. The pressure on her brain diminished and her stay in the ICU was short-lived. The most upsetting aspect was COVID-19. The pandemic meant our visits with Abbi in the ICU had to be painfully brief. In fact, I was chastised by a nurse in the ICU for not getting permission to enter (my wife let me in the door as she was leaving). This was nothing compared to the pain my daughter’s younger sister experienced when we told her that she couldn’t visit at all. I’ll never forget the two of them crying during a Facetime chat.  This was reality hitting home all over again. And quite frankly, it sucked.

I worry for my children, about the pandemic, about whether a vaccine is even possible. I am truly scared for their future. These past six months have been the most productive of my life. I’ve created so many book covers, and two goddamn comics, with more to come. Last week I started writing some long fiction – for the first time in a very long time. So maybe being scared helped me find a way to reignite that creative spark. I’m glad it did.

What am I really scared of though?

Spiders. I hate those big hairy bastards.


Because we all need a distraction at the moment, I’ve decided to run a bit of a competition. Subscribe to my newsletter for your chance to win. Winner announced 31 August.



CONGRATULATIONS to New Zealand author Lee Murray on the recent publication of her short story collection, Grotesque: Monster Stories.

I had a blast creating the art for her cover, which called for a Renaissance, Da Vinci style sketch of one of the creatures. The book is selling like hotcakes and I’m honoured to have played a small role in its success.

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So I decided on a whim to release a chapbook with some previously unpublished stories and artwork.

Bleak Precision is just a bit of fun on my part, an experiment in direct selling and so far, people are keen for a copy.

If you would like one for just $5, feel free to email me directly via greg@darkscrybe.com

Horror fiction fan Steve Stred got one and even left a bit of a review HERE



I’m really honoured and excited that my short story, “Unforeseen” has made the line-up in the forthcoming anthology, Tales of the Lost: Volume 2! The charity antho, soon-to-be-published by Things In the Well Publications, raises funds for the COVID-19 response. I’m blown away by the names of authors I’ll be sharing page space with, including Neil Gaiman and Joe Hill!

Read more about Tales of the Lost: Volume 2

One of my latest cover art projects was for author Iseult Murphy’s novella, All of Me.

She wanted something creepy (my specialty) and when she explained to me the synopsis of the book and the evil roots taking over a young woman this image just came to me. Iseult has shared the cover art on her own page. Take a look!

Thanks, Iseult for the opportunity to create a custom cover illustration for you.



Things are happening with my comic book project/s! In the coming months, I’ll be making a big announcement around Hellhunter and other ideas I have on the go.

In the meantime, check out this cool testimonial I received from Bram Stoker Award-winning graphic novel author, James Chambers. Thanks Jim!





Here’s a time-lapse video of me drawing a zombie!

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This Sublime Darkness… by Greg Chapman!

So a little bit of publishing news –  This Sublime Darkness… by Greg Chapman!

The fine folks at Things in the Well Publications are going to release a mini collection of some of my stories:

Seven DARK STORIES of grief, madness and nightmares, from Bram Stoker and Australian Shadows Award-nominated author Greg Chapman
A small-town secret unearths itself
A stone drives a madman onto the streets of Whitechapel
A man takes a new wife – and the ghost of her mother!
A photo album sends a grieving man into a spiral of nightmares
A creature collects the last words of death-row inmates
An insomniac fights nocturnal evils, unaware of the evil within
And a widow has one final embrace with his long lost love

I’ve also created illustrations for each story as well as the front cover art. It’s been a blast working with Publisher Steve Dillon.

This Sublime Darkness will be released just in time for Halloween in digital, paperback and hardcover. Follow the link above for more information. I hope you’ll grab one – or two!

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Netherkind – my third novel

I’m proud to announce the news that Omnium Gatherum books will be releasing my third novel, NETHERKIND in May!

This is my first foray into urban dark fantasy and is a work I’d dipped into on and off over the past decade. It’s also the longest thing I’ve penned so far, at just over 85,000 words. It’s a pretty deep and meaningful work: an exploration of whether a monster can have a soul and a destiny that means something beyond killing. That we’re more than just flesh. It’s full of shape-shifting creatures, flesh-eating creatures, occultists, bounty hunters, all centred around an underground war and a soul-searching cannibal with a conscience. It was originally an unpublished short story that I expanded into a novel.

Here’s the synopsis of the novel:

Thomas is no ordinary man.

To live, he must devour human flesh. His habitual existence is one of killing and feeding and taking on the physical characteristics of his victims.

Thomas tries to fit in with the rest of humanity, but when his beautiful neighbor, Stephanie deceives him and turns out to be a monster just like him, he decides to discover his heritage and take revenge. Little does he know that there are many other “Fleshers” out there hiding in the shadows of the world and they are at war with each other.

I also created the cover art and I also had a real blast putting it together. I’m also really glad to be working with Omnium Gatherum again. They published my debut novel Hollow House in 2016 and also re-released my novellas The Followers and Torment last year.

You can pre-order the paperback now via OG’s website HERE, or the Kindle version HERE. I hope you’ll give it a whirl when it comes out on May 6.

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