Clay McLeod Chapman

Clay McLeod Chapman

"Like a demonic angel on a skateboard, like a resurrected Artaud on methadrine, like a tattletale psychiatrist turned rodeo clown, Clay McLeod Chapman races back and forth along the serrated edges of everyday American madness, objectively recording each whimper of anguish, each whisper of skewed desire. This is strong stuff, intense stuff, sometimes disturbing stuff, but I think the many who admire Chuck Palahniuk will admire Chapman as well."—Tom Robbins, author, Still Life with Woodpecker

 Clay McLeod Chapman is the author of the short story collections nothing untoward and rest area, along with the novel miss corpus, which was recognized in part of The New Yorker's "Reading Glasses" series in 2003. He recently completed The Tribe trilogy, a middlegrade novel series for Disney—Homeroom Headhunters, Camp Cannibal and Academic Assassins.

Chapman’s story late bloomer was adapted into a short film, directed by Craig Macneill. An official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, the short won the audience award for Best Short at the Lake Placid Film Festival and the Brown Jenkins Award at the 12th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. Their second short, Henley, based on the chapter “The Henley Road Motel” from Chapman's novel miss corpus, was an official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. It was awarded Best Short Film at the 2011 Gen Art Film Festival and the 2011 Carmel Arts and Film Festival.

The Boy, a feature-length adaptation of Henley co-written with director Macneill, was produced by SpectreVision (Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller) in 2015. Other film credits include co-scripting the segment The Trouble With Dad for the horror anthology feature Chilling Visions: 5 States of Fear with director Glenn McQuaid. 

In comics, Chapman has written for Edge of Spider-Verse, The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, American Vampire, and Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 POP! He recently wrote the six-part graphic novel series Self Storage for Michael Bay's 451 Media Group, illustrated by Matt Timson.

Chapman is the creator of the rigorous storytelling session The Pumpkin Pie Show. In the twenty years of its existence, it has performed internationally at the Romanian Theatre Festival of Sibiu, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Edmonton Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Dublin-based thisisnotashop art space, IGNITE Festival, Women Center Stage Festival and Impact Theatre Festival. The Pumpkin Pie Show continues to perform in New York City annually with long-time scene-stealer Hanna Cheek.

Chapman has written the book for the musical Hostage Song with music and lyrics by Obie-winner Kyle Jarrow. He is the author of such plays as commencement and volume of smoke. His story-monologues birdfeeder, undertow and the wet echo were selected for The Best American Short Plays: 2007-2008, 2009-2010 and 2013-2014 anthologies.

Chapman was educated at the North Carolina School of the Arts for Drama, the Burren College of Art, and Sarah Lawrence College. He currently teaches writing at The Actors Studio MFA Program at Pace University.


2013

The Boy (feature)

Films

Henley, written by Clay McLeod Chapman and Craig Macneill. Produced by SpectreVision (Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller) and Chiller Films

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1996

The Pumpkin Pie Show

Performances

Celebrating its second decade of performances, The Pumpkin Pie Show is a literary fist in the face. Part storytelling session, part boxing match, part shamanistic ritual, The Pumpkin Pie Show has established itself as an all-points artistic hodgepodge of theatre and literature.

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2017

LAZARETTO #2

Books

5-issue comic series from BOOM! Studios, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, illustrations by Jey Levang.

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LAZARETTO #1

Books

Lazaretto is a 5 issue graphic novel written by Clay McLeod Chapman. Art by Jey Levang. Published by BOOM! Studios.

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Edge of Venomverse

Books

Edge of Venomverse featuring Venom and various Marvel superheroes!

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Edge of Venomverse #5

Books

Edge of Venomverse #5 written by Clay McLeod Chapman.

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2016

Nothing Untoward

Books

40 new short stories written by Clay McLeod Chapman, published by Applause Books.

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Hello Horror

Books

Winter 2017 edition of HelloHorror featuring "The Fireplace" written Clay McLeod Chapman

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The Evil One: An Anthology

Books

The Evil One: An Anthology, featuring the story B-Side, written by Clay McLeod Chapman.

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American Vampire Vol. 9

Books

Features "The Bleeding Nun" written by Clay McLeod Chapman.

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Self Storage Graphic Novel

Books

Self Storage, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Matt Timson

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Vertigo SFX

Books

Featuring "Earwig Out!" written by Clay McLeod Chapman, artwork by Szymon Kudranski

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Audience (R)Evolution: Dispatches from the Field

Books

Essay anthology edited by Caridad Svich including "I'll Be Your One-Way Mirror: Crossing the 4th Wall" by Clay McLeod Chapman

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American Vampire Anthology #2

Books

American Vampire Anthology #2 featuring Clay McLeod Chapman

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SELF STORAGE #6

Books

Self Storage written by Clay McLeod Chapman, artwork by Matt Timson

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2015

SELF STORAGE #5

Books

Self Storage. A new comic series written by Clay McLeod Chapman. Artwork by Matt Timson.

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SELF STORAGE #4

Books

Self Storage. A new comic series written by Clay McLeod Chapman. Artwork by Matt Timson.

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The Tribe: Academic Assassins

Books

The Tribe: Academic Assassins written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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SELF STORAGE #3

Books

Self Storage. A new comic series written by Clay McLeod Chapman. Artwork by Matt Timson.

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SELF STORAGE #2

Books

Self Storage. A new comic series written by Clay McLeod Chapman. Artwork by Matt Timson.

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SELF STORAGE #1

Books

Self Storage. A new comic series written by Clay McLeod Chapman. Artwork by Matt Timson.

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Makeout Creek #7

Books

Makeout Creek issue #7 featuring Clay McLeod Chapman's "any jane"

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The Best American Short Plays 2013-2014

Books

Best American Short Plays 2013-2014 featuring "the wet echo" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Amazing Spider-Man: Edge of Spider-Verse

Books

Amazing Spider-Man: Edge of Spider-Verse featuring "I Walked with a Spider" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1

Books

Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 featuring Earwig Out written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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2014

Best Monologues from the Best American Short Plays: Volume Two

Books

Second volume of monologues from the Best American Short Plays anthologies

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Edge of Spider-Verse

Books

Edge of Spider-Verse Issue #4, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Gary Brown

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Amazing Spider-Man: Peter Parker: The One and Only

Books

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: PETER PARKER: THE ONE AND ONLY

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2013

The Tribe: Camp Cannibal

Books

The Tribe: Camp Cannibal written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays

Books

Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays: Vol 1 featuring "Birdfeeder" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Books

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN featuring 12 O'Clock High by Clay McLeod Chapman

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The Trouble With Dad

Films

The Trouble With Dad, segment for CHILLING VISIONS: 5 STATES OF FEAR anthology feature. Written by Clay McLeod Chapman, directed by Glenn McQuaid.

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The Tribe: Homeroom Headhunters

Books

The Tribe: Homeroom Headhunters, book one in the Tribe trilogy

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2012

Breakfast on Mars and 37 Other Delectable Essays

Books

Breakfast on Mars and 37 Other Delectable Essays, edited by Rebecca Stern and Brad Wolfe

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Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

Books

Marvel Universe AVENGERS: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #10, featuring "Loaner Body" by Clay McLeod Chapman

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15-Second Plays

Books

15-Second Plays curated by The Debate Society

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Like Father, Like Son

Performances

Clay McLeod Chapman's radio play "Like Father, Like Son" was a part of Glass Eye Pix's "Tales from Beyond the Pale"

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The Penalty

Performances

Three people. Four legs. One game of revenge.

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ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #7

Books

Marvel Universe ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #7, featuring the storyline "There's A Ghost In My Locker"

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2011

Henley (short)

Films

Meet 9-year-old Ted Henley—budding motel manager, and roadkill entrepreneur. Ted Henley lives with his father in their run down motel on a desolate stretch of road. He earns his tiny allowance by collecting the roadkill that litters the highway. But when the motel cash register starts to run dry, Te

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Commencement

Performances

Commissioned by Company of Fools. Premiered in NYC 2009. One actress plays three women drawn together in the grim aftermath of a high school shooting—the mother of the shooter (staph infection), one of the shooter's victims (early release), and the mother of that victim (keynote speaker).

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The Best American Short Plays, 2009-2010

Books

For over 60 years, "Best American Short Plays" has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America.

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SCKBSTD

Performances

First regional production of SCKBSTD was at Virginia Stage Company in January 2011. SCKBSTD is a new American musical featuring music & lyrics by Bruce Hornsby. Lyrics by Chip deMatteo. Book by Clay McLeod Chapman. Directed by John Rando.

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Commencement

Books

...a deep exploration of the lives of three women that, according to SEE Magazine "... will leave you wringing your hands in helpless empathy."

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2010

Fear-Mongers

Performances

Fear-Mongers: Fireside Chats about Horror Films enlists top-shelf artists to pay homage to their guiltiest pleasures: horror movies.

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Awkward Two: Brevity

Books

New anthology of short stories from Awkward Press

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Richmond Noir

Books

Launched by the summer ’04 award-winning, best seller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.

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2009

The Best American Short Plays 2007-2008

Books

For over 60 years, "Best American Short Plays" has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America.

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Awkward One

Books

Short fiction anthology featuring five short stories

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2008

Hostage Song

Performances

World premiere: Kraine Theatre, NYC, March 2008. Regional: Bas Bleu Productions, Ft. Collins, CO, June 2011. Signal Ensemble Theatre, Chicago, IL, May 2012.

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2007

Selected Yiddish Plays: Vol. I

Books

Translated by Ellen Perecman. Adapted by Perecman and Clay McLeod Chapman.

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2006

At the Sign of the Snowman’s Skull

Books

Chapbook anthology for 2006's Rolling Darkness Revue

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As Smart As We Are

Books

One Ring Zero's "Author Project" album

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Hunger Mountain

Books

Hunger Mountain: The Vermont College Journal of Arts & Letters (Spring 2006, #8) by the Union Institute & University Vermont College

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volume of smoke

Books

Volume of Smoke written by Clay McLeod Chapman published by Blackbird Journal

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Junta High

Performances

The Pumpkin Pie Show: Junta High

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2005

Late Bloomer (short)

Films

Official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, "Late Bloomer" is a compelling and humorous short film about 7th grade sexual education class gone horribly wrong. Loosely based on the dark tales of H.P. Lovecraft.

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2004

volume of smoke

Performances

volume of smoke

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2003

Streamside Day Follies

Books

Documents Pierre Huyghe's art installation project "Streamside Day Follies," originally commissioned by Dia.

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Miss Corpus

Books

This hugely imaginative first novel that traces the road trips of two complete strangers on a dramatic collision course with fate.

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2002

Rest Area

Books

Surprisingly comic and wonderfully tender, shockingly brutal and cleverly twisted, these are tales of ordinary people caught up in more-than-ordinary events.

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