Friday, July 28, 2017

Interview with Greg Chapman

Interview with Greg Chapman

Greg Chapman is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated® and Australian Shadows Award-nominated author of Hollow House and the author of five novellas: Torment (2011 and 2016), The Noctuary (2011),
Vaudeville (2012), The Last Night of October (2013 and 2016) and The Eschatologist (2016). His debut collection, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares, was published in 2014.

His short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Dark Eclipse, DevolutionZ, SQ Mag, Midnight Echo, and several anthologies. His short story, The Bone Maiden, was an Australian Shadows Award finalist in 2015, as was his novella, The Eschatologist in 2016.

When did you decide to start writing stories?
I've always been a writer and artist, ever since I was little. I was always creating my own comic books, but it wasn't until I entered university (about 20 years ago!) to study journalism that I started to seriously think about writing. During a literary theory course I was introduced to the works of E.A. Poe and the rest is history. :)

Why horror and suspense versus the other genres?
My writing has always had a dark bent to it. When I began writing seriously I was writing crime and mystery stories mainly for commercial reasons, but I found the plots were getting darker and darker and over time I was reading the work of Clive Barker and Stephen King so naturally I was drawn into horror. Horror had no rules, you could conjure up all sorts of madness and put characters through literal hell, so of course, I went with that.

What is the title of the story you wrote and who is your favorite character in Anatomy of Monsters and why?
My short story in Anatomy of Monsters is called "Conjoined" and it's a reworking of the origin of Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I wanted to move away from the potion/scientific reasons for the transformation to a more metaphysical/paranormal one. I was also fascinated by the unborn twin phenomenon and polydactyly. It all gelled together into a creepy story I think. 

Thanks to editor Robert Teun, I was also asked to create an illustration for each of the 19 stories in the book. It was a hell of a lot of fun. You can see them all here - Anatomy of Monsters artwork
Wow. I want to read Anatomy of Monsters based on the artwork alone! 

What are your plans for the next writing project?
I'm juggling quite a bit of art-related work for publishers, but on the side, I am working on a graphic novel about vampire hysteria and plotting a novella with a horror western theme.
 What question do you wish I had asked you and what is the answer to that question?
Where can I buy The Anatomy of Monsters?
Answer -

Dogs or Cats?
We have a cat and a dog here at home. Buddy and Nike.

Love this picture. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions and sharing. 
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Check out Greg's story in Anatomy of Monsters.
Monsters, creatures, and demons once plagued the world. Some still do. Many stories of their origin have been lost. Until now when the most decadent minds discovered new origins to creatures that have haunted us through the ages. Their words face off with horror itself ... Gather around as Ramsey Campbell, Gary McMahon, Josh Malerman, and Brian Hodge, along with 15 more of some of horrors best authors present their takes on the anatomy of monsters.
The Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt  

Write every day, even if it's just a little bit. Keep the creative momentum moving.
The rules are simple. Set your timer ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini-story.
The noun or pronoun can be changed to your requirement. The tense can also be changed. Feel free to share the results of your writing prompt in the comments below.

 Today's writing prompt is:
I have never been so wrong.

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