Today’s guest is Greg Chapman, who somehow got asked eight questions instead of seven. What can I say? I’m a writer, not a counter. Greg Chapman is on his way to being a great horror writer. He already is a great horror writer and in a few more years you will all know his name. I feel privileged — like I just interviewed Stephen King, or Clive Barker before they got real famous. Playboy Magazine, back off, I got here first. Keep an eye out for Mr. Chapman, he tells a mean story.
Yeah it has been well received and hopefully people will continue to buy and like it. It’s dark, disturbing and gruesome – aspects I really like in horror fiction. The whole book came about when I wondered where all my ideas come from and I imagined a very dark place, occupied by very dark characters. I guess it’s my idea of a writer’s hell, like a modern Dante’s Inferno. I think with The Noctuary I’ve inadvertently set up a mythology that I’ll definitely revisit in the near future.
2) You have a second story with Damnation Books named Torment, what would you say about that one? Is there anything else you have published that I don’t know about?
Torment was my first ever published novella. The story’s equal parts haunted house and demonic possession, but mainly it’s about a woman who is trying to move on from her tragic past and the accepted fact that her father murdered her mother.
As for other things I’ve had published; I’ve had short stories in The Absent Willow Review, Trembles, Eclecticism E-zine, Morpheus Tales’ Christmas Special 2011, and the Frightmares Flash Fiction Anthology. I self-pubbed my short story collection, Midnight Theatre: Tales of Terror in 2011 (Smashwords). My horror comics have appeared in Midnight Echo Magazine and Decay Magazine and I’ve had an illustration in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.
3) Tell us a little about graphic novels and your other artistic endeavors.
Witch-Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, is a very soon-to-be published graphic novel, written by Bram Stoker Award winning authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton. The GN looks into the history of the witchcraft persecutions in Europe and America, delving into the origins of the craze, the trials and their victims. The book goes through about 400 years of history and would appeal to readers of both history and horror. It will be published by McFarland Publishers sometime between May and July. It’s about 185 pages long and took me about 12-14 months to illustrate, but I loved every minute of it. It’s my first GN and hopefully it won’t be my last.
I am a freelance illustrator specializing in comic book illustration. Apart from having a Diploma in Graphic Design, my illustration is self-taught. I only picked up the drawing again in 2009 when I had an opportunity to illustrate a short comic for Midnight Echo Magazine, but I’ve been able to draw since I was about 8 or 9. I like to work with pencil or pen and ink mostly, as I’m not the best with a paint brush.
4) If a reader found this interview and wanted more information, where/how could they find you?
I’ve got a few websites:
Official Torment site – http://www.wix.com/darkscribe/tormentbook
Official site for The Noctuary – http://www.wix.com/darkscribe/thenoctuary
Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/GregChapman.Author?sk=wall
Twitter – http://twitter.com/darkscrybe
5) Since it is touted that 2012 is the long-anticipated end of the world, what do you hope to accomplish before our hellish end?
I’d like to finish the novel I’m currently working on, tentatively titled The Lowest Deep and I’d at least like to see my first royalty check for Witch Hunts just so I can say “look, a real royalty check”!
6) If all the doomsayers are wrong, and it isn’t really the end of the world, how disappointed will you be on Jan. 1st 2013?
Well, I hope the doomsayers are wrong to be quite honest as I’ve got a bit more life to live; two daughters to watch grow up, a loving wife to dote on, books to write and draw, so please if we could hold off on Armageddon for a bit longer. Maybe 2112?
7) What is next? What can we expect from you in your art and story-telling?
I have a new novella Vaudeville coming out from Dark Prints Press and a short story in Bete Noire Magazine in July, the graphic novel obviously and a new horror comic in Midnight Echo Magazine #7 at the end of May, so things are pretty good at the moment. I’m powering through the first draft of the novel and I’ve got a Halloween-themed novella in a notebook somewhere and in between maybe a few drawings here and there.
8?) I’m sure I forgot an important question, what was it? How would you answer it?
I guess the most important question is why do I write and draw? It’s like instinct I think. If I don’t write and draw I would be wasting my talents that I got from my ancestors or God or aliens, I don’t know. I’m a daydreamer and one day I hope to earn a proper living from it.
Thanks for the interview.