Yes, in a moment of the purest and most shameless cross-promotion since A Current Affair had stories about The Voice pretty much every night, the author of that other Dark Prints Press novella released today, Vaudeville’s Greg Chapman and I have interviewed each other. And the results are… well, the results are below, or half of them at least. The other half will appear at Greg’s blog.
– Tell us a little about yourself. Who is Greg Chapman?
Dark fiction author and artist from Rockhampton in Central Queensland; father of two fiery redheaded girls; former newspaper journalist who went over to the dark side of public relations. Mostly though I’ve got my head in the clouds, dreaming up a new tale or piece of artwork.
My writing fluctuates between Poe and Barker. I like my fiction to be equal parts horror and terror. For some reason my work seems to feature children encountering monsters both real and imaginary and probably has something to do with my childhood phobia of the dark.
For most of my life I’d dabbled in writing stories and drawing comic strips, but it wasn’t until 2009 when I nabbed a spot on the Australian Horror Writers Association’s Mentor Program with Melbourne author Brett McBean, that I started to really get serious.
In 2010 I finished writing my first two novellas Torment and The Noctuary and they were published in e-book and paperback in 2011 by US small publisher Damnation Books. I had a few other short stories published here and there, but I got a chance to pick up the drawing pens again around the same time when author Mark Farrugia contacted me about doing a vampire comic strip called “Allure of the Ancients” for AHWA’s official fiction mag Midnight Echo.
Rocky Wood, president of the Horror Writers Association and Stephen King guru saw that strip and subsequently contacted me about illustrating a graphic novel with fellow Bram Stoker Award winner Lisa Morton. That graphic novel, Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, was published by McFarland in May of this year to critical acclaim.
I guess it goes without saying that I owe the AHWA a massive debt of gratitude.
The last two years have been frenetic, but fun and Vaudeville is another notch on my belt.
– Where did the inspiration for “Vaudeville” come from?
A number of places. Circus performers and eccentric stage actors have always fascinated me and one day I imagined what it would be like if a troupe of evil actors rolled into town and created havoc. I also wanted to expose that terror through a child’s eyes and touch upon themes of grief; how children experience loss. In the end though I wanted to create some memorable, grotesque monsters and scare the crap out of readers. I hope I’ve succeeded in capturing all those aspects in the story.
– What can we look forward to seeing from you next?
Probably more art than any writing right now. I’ve got another installment of Allure of the Ancients to draw for Midnight Echo #8 and possibly some more comic work for an overseas publisher that I can’t really talk about yet 😉
I have been agonising over my first novel for the last 2 years and I’m hoping to tackle that again soon. Another novella about Halloween (yes, another novella) is begging to be completed and I’m currently reading like a madman as judge in the short fiction/collection category of Australian Shadows Awards. I’ve never been so busy in my life – but I’m loving it.
– And finally, Beatles or Stones?
Although I never had the privilege of growing up with them (yes, I’m from Generation X!) I certainly have a fondness for The Rolling Stones!
You can find Greg at his blog, at: