No bug is gonna keep the 2020 Chattanooga Film Festival down! This year, everything is going… virtual! This revolutionary online genre festival includes a lineup of electrifying and provocative features, shorts, events, and surprises, including notable guests: Ernest Dickerson, Joe Bob Briggs, Alex Winter, and… THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW!?
The Chattanooga Film Festival (CFF) along with its presenting sponsor Gunpowder & Sky’s ALTER and media partner Bloody-Disgusting.com, are thrilled to announce their innovative lineup of features, panels and live events set for May 22 to May 25. In unprecedented times, the festival is offering a full-access badge price of $30 and divvying up a portion of the proceeds back to participating filmmakers.
CFF 2020 will see the triumphant return of screenwriter and author Clay McLeod Chapman, who will be back to present THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW, an event that was without a doubt the sleeper hit of last year’s festival. Chapman will also conduct a writer’s workshop.
5/23 at 11 AM: THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW: For more than 20 years, author Clay McLeod Chapman and performer Hanna Cheek have offered a view into the minds of the most depraved Southern Gothic monstrosities with The Pumpkin Pie Show. Sometimes darkly humorous, sometimes strangely heartbreaking, and most definitely always in-your-face, these tales of madness and macabre explore the domestic horrors of the everyday, finding terror within our very own households. This one-of-a-kind performance delves deep into the darkest recesses of those madmen and women who drift along the periphery of humankind. Don’t miss it!
5/24 at 11 AM: WRITING/STORYTELLING WORKSHOP WITH CLAY McLEOD CHAPMAN: Come join Clay McLeod Chapman, author of The Remaking and Marvel Comics’ ongoing series Scream: Curse of Carnage, to discuss the hunting and gathering of new narrative material to tell our own spooooky stories. Whether it’s for film or fiction, comics or something even crazier, this workshop lays down a very simple foundation for spinning out a yarn around the campfire, no matter what the medium may be.
For more info about the fest and how to get tickets, click here: https://www.chattfilmfest.org/
May 14, 2020Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
Gather ‘round the campfire. Things are about to get spooky. Visit Quirk Book’s YouTube channel every day this week at 3pm ET to see #horror authors discussing their books! On Monday, 4/20, I’ll be kickstarting things off with a reading from The Remaking! #CampfireConversations
April 20, 2020Related: The Remaking: A Novel
Weren’t able to catch last night’s livestream reading of The Remaking? Have no fear, Youtube is here! Now you can watch the Fantastic Fiction event at KGB Bar with guests Michael T. Cisco and Clay McLeod Chapman, hosted by Matthew Kressel and Ellen Datlow by clicking here.
April 16, 2020Related: The Remaking: A Novel
FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present a reading by Michael Cisco (The Narrator) and Clay McLeod Chapman (The Remaking)! The event will be live-streamed on YouTube. Link forthcoming. Hope you are staying healthy and safe, and that you can join us! Due to the COVID-19 shutdown of the KGB Bar, this event will be live-streamed on YouTube. The link will be posted before the event.
April 15th, 2020, 7 PM. Catch it!
April 3, 2020Related: The Remaking: A Novel
Guys! Did you see this?! Comic Book Resources just revealed the cover for ORIGINS, a new graphic novel by me, Arash Amel, Joseph Oxford, Lee Toland Krieger, Jakub Rebelka, Patricio Delpeche and Jim Campbell. From BOOM! Studios, on shelves Oct 2020. Check it out by clicking here.
March 2, 2020Related: ORIGINS
Look who’s coloring! I discuss The Remaking for “Coloring Carnage With Clay McLeod Chapman.” Watch the interview at To Tony Production’s page by clicking here. On this week’s episode of Inside The Lines we sit down with Clay as we discuss getting a publishing deal straight out of college, writing for Marvel/Spider-Man comics, having his work adapted into film, his upcoming graphic novel/future works, and being at the Sundance film festival! Inside The Lines is hosted/directed by Daniel Hess.
February 3, 2020Related: The Remaking: A Novel
Guess who’s got a new graphic novel coming out in 2020? This joker! The fine folks at BOOM! Studios announced the release of ORIGINS, an original sci-fi graphic novel written by me, with art by Jakub Rebelka, and a story by Arash Amel, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Joseph Oxford, and Lee Toland Krieger. This one’s going to be beautiful.
December 11, 2019Related: ORIGINS
I spoke to Clark Collis at Entertainment Weekly to discuss the cinematic roots of The Remaking. Check out the lovely interview “Five Horror Movies That Influenced the Ghost Tale The Remaking” by clicking here. Thank you, Clark and EW! I had a blast!
November 12, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
Good news from Goodreads! The Remaking has been nominated for Best Horror Novel for their 11th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards! It’s pretty mind-blowing to see my novel next to the likes of Stephen King, Joe Hill, Paul Tremblay, Scott Thomas and all the other amazing authors. Talk about an honor. If you have a moment to vote, you can do so by clicking here.
November 5, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
Kirkus just released their “13 Scariest Books Written This Year List”... and lo and behold, guess who’s number two? THE REMAKING! It’s such an honor to be listed amongst such greats as Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates and Joe Hill. You can check out the full list by clicking here. Thanks, Kirkus!
October 17, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
I was invited to write about The Remaking for Powell’s Books blog. You can check my essay, “Wanna Hear My Ghost Story?” at their website by clicking here. It’s all about 4-H camp and my first campfire and the terrifying tale of… Tailypo. Reader beware!
October 16, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
I had the gobsmacking good fortune to be interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition by Scott Simon. We chatted about The Remaking the weekend leading up to its release. You can listen to the interview segment by clicking here.
October 5, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
The fine gents at In the Mouth of Dorkness brought me on to talk about The Remaking, among other crazy things. I’ve never been—nor will I ever again be—called a “radical storytelling dork.” I’ll take it! You can listen to me make a fool out of myself on their wonderful podcast here.
September 11, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
Exciting news! Marvel just announced they’re giving me my first ongoing series! I’ll be writing SCREAM: CURSE OF CARNAGE with art by Chris Mooneyham. This is my first ongoing series beginning with a big ol’ numero uno up front and it’s an honor to be able to tell this amazing character’s story. I think it’ll be scary… On shelves starting in November!
August 21, 2019Related: Scream: Curse of Carnage #1
Every author is terrified of Kirkus. Any author who says they aren’t is lying. Kirkus is tough. Really tough. So imagine how relieved, how elated, how downright gobsmacked I was with the glowing review The Remaking received today. Check it out:
“Horror on film is relatively easy: jump scares, gore, the occasional torture porn, and always the final girls. Horror in fiction is a little trickier, but occasionally you get something special like Mark Z. Danielewski’s puzzle box, House of Leaves (2000), John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let the Right One In(2007), or, more recently, Josh Malerman’s runaway hit Bird Box (2014). Chapman’s (Nothing Untoward, 2017, etc.) spooky story solidly fits the mold of nothing you’ve ever read before. The book is divided into quarters, each entirely original yet always connected and deeply unnerving…
Something like Stephen King’s imperfect masterpiece The Shining (1977)... it’s a deeply eerie and evocative portrayal of what it’s like to stare into the abyss and find something there waiting for you.
A memorable, disquieting ghost story about stories, rendered inside a Möbius strip.”
Please etch this review on my tombstone. You can read the full review online here.
July 16, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
Aaah! The Remaking made this year’s Shout ‘n Share list! Thank you to Bill Kelly and The Booklist Reader for this amazing honor! Check out the entire roster of amazing titles by clicking on the article here.
June 5, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
My new novel The Remaking won’t hit shelves until October 8th, but that’s not stopping word o’ mouth from starting to spread… The buzz is building early with a few special visits on the calendar this summer. I’ll be attending both the 2019 Book Expo in NYC and the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Here are the details:
2019 BOOK EXPO: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 3:00-4:00
I’ll be signing ARCs for The Remaking at the Javits Center. For more info, click here.
2019 ALA ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Saturday, June 22, 2019
I’ll be signing ARCs for The Remaking at the Quirk booth #1805 from 12 - 12:30 PM.
“Don’t Be Afraid of Horror” panel with Clay McLeod Chapman (The Remaking) and Grady Hendrix (We Sold Our Souls). The horror genre contains a huge variety of stories, from the not-so-scary to the truly terrifying. At this panel, authors will discuss the many subgenres found in horror and ways to match readers with their next perfectly scary read. 1:00 - 2:00 PM at the PopTop Stage. For more info, click here.
May 19, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
So floored to announce my new novel The Remaking has been selected for the Fall/Winter 2019 edition of Buzz Books, along with the likes of Jeanette Winterson, Eoin Colfer, Stephen Chboksy and many many more amazing authors. The book isn’t on shelves ‘til 10/8 but you can read a free excerpt online now by clicking here.
May 14, 2019Related: Buzz Books 2019: Fall/Winter
They’re baaaaaaack! Goodreads and Quirk Books are giving away 75 advanced copies of THE REMAKING this month… All you’ve got to do is click here and sign up. Good luck! And safe reading. It’s a dooooozy.
May 6, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
Thanks to Perspectives on Panels (and Mack Johnson!) for taking the time to chat. Fun fact: It was the cover art for Mr. Bungle’s first album that got me into comics. You can check out the interview here.
April 22, 2019Related: IRON FIST: PHANTOM LIMB
“'Commencement' is an absolutely astounding piece, that delves deeper into a disaster then any media outlet could, or would for that matter. It shows that there are more than two sides to a story, how 'victim' is not a black-and-white term, how quick we are to blame and how fast we are to forget.”
— Uptown Magazine