The trade paperback for LAZARETTO came out this week, along with a whole new crop of rave reviews. Check out what the critics have been saying out our barfus opus:
Lazaretto has “some of the most terrifying things you will ever see in a comic… It is the most disturbing comic you will ever read.” Adventures In Poor Taste
“Unsettling, intense, nauseating, and ultimately “captivating”, Lazaretto spins its web-wide and well. But you need to be tough, with a strong will to withstand the full graphic wave of page after page of vividly rendered students, retching, turning into savages, and wreaking havoc all around. It’s colourful, this technocolour yawning of emotion, hate, and puke, all spilling onto everything.” Fanboy Factor
Lazaretto is “an absolutely terrifying psychological thriller.” The Comicon
Lazaretto is “a grotesque, hard hitting, horror story which gets under your skin, makes it crawl and finally makes you rip at it to remove it from your body.” Comic Cut Down
“Claustrophobic and disturbing.” Comic of the Week, Broken Frontier
December 22, 2018Related: LAZARETTO: The Graphic Novel
Just in time to get people sick for the holidays, the trade paperback for LAZARETTO comes out this week. The fine folks at Adventures in Poor Taste just said it has “some of the most terrifying things you will ever see in a comic… It is the most disturbing comic you will ever read.” Can't beat that! You can read this insane review by clicking here.
December 18, 2018Related: LAZARETTO: The Graphic Novel
Looking for something spooky to read? Here's a taste of a new story I wrote, titled “coatroom,” for the upcoming anthology Transcendent, compliments of none other than Transmundane Press. Just click here. Hope you enjoy!
December 4, 2018Related: Transcendent: An Anthology
Artist Will Robson and I chatted with Marvel about the Typhoid Fever mini-series and what it’s been like to pit badass baddie Typhoid Mary against the likes of Spider-Man, X-Men and Iron Fist. You can read the interview here.
November 19, 2018Related: TYPHOID FEVER: X-MEN #1
If you see one space monster movie this Christmas, please, make it ours. BEYOND WHITE SPACE opens on December 14th for a limited theatrical run and VOD, courtesy of Vertical. Our nifty trailer just dropped which you can watch it here.
November 19, 2018Related: Beyond White Space (feature)
Geek.com just put together their list of the “Best Spooky Comics For Halloween.” Lo and behold, look who's right there at the top… LAZARETTO!
“Combining Lord of the Flies with 28 Days Later and Contagion, Lazaretto locks you in and makes you claustrophobic and sick (in a good way). Written by horror great Clay McLeod Chapman, with Jey Levang on art and Aditya Bidikar on letters, Lazaretto plants itself in you and refuses to let go.”
We whole-heartedly agree. You can check out the list by clicking here. The trade paperback of the entire series will be on shelves this December! Just in time for Christmas!
October 22, 2018Related: LAZARETTO: The Graphic Novel
Got 5 minutes to kill? Hulu gave Rodney Ascher (Room 237, The Nightmare) and myself, along with a whole crew of insanely talented people, a spot in their Huluween Film Festival to burst your eardrums. Check out our “Haunted, Horrifying Sounds from Beyond the Grave,” starring Noah Segan, and celebrate Halloween the way it was meant to be.
For all those non-Hulu subscribers out there who want to watch our short for free, you can find it on Youtube… Click here.
October 1, 2018Related: Haunted, Horrifying Sounds From Beyond The Grave (short)
That's right, kiddies… We've extended for three more weeks! Tickets are already selling out, so don't miss out on your last chance to schedule a one-on-one storytelling experience. Now until October 28th!
October 1, 2018Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
At long last, Herman Melville's literary classic is finally coming to the big screen the way he intended… in outer space. The sci-fried feature BEYOND WHITE SPACE, starring Mindhunter's Holt McCallany, co-scripted by me, is heading to a theater near you, courtesy of Vertical Entertainment. Deadline broke the story today, which you can read by clicking here.
September 19, 2018Related: Beyond White Space (feature)
ONE-ON-ONES has been getting some lovely press. Here are some highlights:
IN THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW, CLAY McLEOD CHAPMAN FRIGHTENS IN MONOLOGUES FIT FOR HALLOWEEN, All Arts, September 11, 2018.
THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW IS BACK—BUT YA GOTTA GO ONE AT A TIME, Travalanche, September 2, 2018.
IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE, What Should We Do, September 3, 2018.
IT'S FAR FROM OVER FOR UNDER ST. MARKS, The Villager, August 28, 2018.
GET SOME UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL HORROR WITH CLAY McLEOD CHAPMAN'S ONE-ON-ONES, Rue Morgue, August 22, 2018.
CLAY McLEOD CHAPMAN SCARES ONE AUDIENCE MEMBER AT A TIME, Horror Talk, August 18, 2018.
THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW: ONE-ON-ONES, No Proscenium, August 11, 2018.
FRIGID NY PRESENTS PUMPKIN PIE SHOW: ONE-ON-ONES, Broadway World, August 10,2018.
CLAY McLEOD CHAPMAN IS BRINGING THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW: ONE-ON-ONES TO NYC, Daily Dead, August 9, 2018.
September 16, 2018Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
Here's an interview I did over at the Working Title podcast, hosted by J.P. Cane. You can listen to it by clicking here.
In episode 24 of Working Title podcast, I speak with storyteller Clay McLeod Chapman, who will be one of the speakers at this year’s James River Writers conference in October. We cover his career thus far as a writer of plays, short stories, film, and comic books, as well as his teaching film-making and performing in his Pumpkin Pie show. We discuss the essentials of horror stories, how aspiring writers can break into comic books and movies, and the importance of always saying “Yes.”
August 16, 2018
It's time. The Pumpkin Pie Show: ONE-ON-ONES is coming to New York City. For six weeks, starting in September, I will be performing to one audience member at a time.
From our press release:
“For 20 years, Chapman’s rigorous storytelling session The Pumpkin Pie Show has delved deep into the depraved minds of those who drift along the periphery of humankind. For his new show, One-On-Ones, he will take one audience member at a time on a dark ride through the domestic horrors of the everyday, finding terror within our own households. Sometimes darkly humorous, sometimes strangely heartbreaking, this intimate storytelling experience is Edgar Allan Poe for the modern age; a heart-to-bleeding-heart with a motley crew of madmen, murderers and monsters all dying to tell their story. No fourth wall, no escape.”
Ever hear of seven minutes in heaven? This is twenty minutes in hell…
August 9, 2018Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
The fine folks at Newsarama revealed the amazing full three-part connecting cover for my TYPHOID FEVER crossover. The art is by R.B. Silva and it truly is a beautiful thing to behold. I'm writing all three issues that will have Typhoid Mary going up against Spider-Man in issue #1, out in October, The X-Men in #2, out in November, and Iron Fist in #3, out in December.
You can check out all three covers together at Newsarama here.
July 30, 2018Related: TYPHOID FEVER: SPIDER-MAN #1
The fine folks at Transmundane Press interviewed me for their upcoming TRANSCENDENT anthology, featuring my story 'coatroom.' You can read the Q/A here. Pick up your copy of this awesome collection, on shelves this November!
July 28, 2018Related: Transcendent: An Anthology
At San Diego Comic Con this last weekend, Marvel Comics announced the release of IRON FIST: PHANTOM LIMB… written by none other than yours truly and art by Guillermo Sanna. Lettered by Lee Loughridge. And check out the cover by Khoi Pham! To read the Newsarama announcement, click here. Paste Magazine was super-sweet to list the release as one of The Coolest Comic News of San Diego Comic-Con 2018.
Can't wait to share this crazy story arc with you all! It's going to be a doooozy. Chapters #1 and #2 will be released on October 3rd.
July 23, 2018Related: IRON FIST: PHANTOM LIMB #1
Marvel just announced a new 3-part event series called TYPHOID FEVER! Guess who's writing it? I'm tackling one of the best, bad-assed baddies around: My queen Typhoid Mary! Here's what my editor Devin Lewis had to say:
“Typhoid Mary has one of the most dangerous powersets in the Marvel Universe – and writer Clay McLeod Chapman (EDGE OF VENOMVERSE) is determined to use those powers in ways we’ve never seen before. Pyrokinesis, telekinesis, and mind control… and that’s all in the first scene! Wait’ll you see what else Clay has planned, and what artist Stefano Landini has done with the script for TYPHOID FEVER: SPIDER-MAN!”
First up, we're putting Mary against none other than your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! TYPHOID FEVER: SPIDER-MAN #1, written by Clay McLeod Chapman with art by Stefano Landini, hits shelves Oct 3!
July 18, 2018Related: TYPHOID FEVER: SPIDER-MAN #1
Just got word that BIRTHDAY BOY, a new short horror comic artist Jey Levang and myself put together, will be included in the annual IF Anthology! Thanks to the fine folks at Alterna Comics for including our creepy little tale in their annual collection. Can't wait!
The anthology hits shelves this November! Promise it'll be pretty out there…
June 3, 2018Related: IF Anthology: Horror
The Pumpkin Pie Show rose from the dead for a special run at this year's Overlook Film Festival. We brought new and old tales and our one-on-ones to New Orleans… and some lovely folks wrote nice things about it. Here's what they said:
“Another major staple thus far of the fest has been The Pumpkin Pie Show by creator, writer, and performer Clay McLeod Chapman (Co-writer of 2015’s The Boy). Described as a sort of Edgar Allan Poe for the modern age, Chapman is a storyteller like no other, relaying tales of terror from the seemingly mundane to Gothic monstrosities that pour out of him as if possessed from beyond.” —Bloody Disgusting
“A beautiful 20 minutes of human connection.” —Filmmaker Magazine
“What happens when you take a delightfully talented (and somewhat twisted) actor/writer who’s used to performing in packed theaters and give him an opportunity to entertain just one person at a time? Pure macabre magic. Sitting face-to-face with Clay McLeod Chapman alone on stage in New Orleans’ Le Petite Theater as he transforms in the span of 15 minutes from the nicest guy at the festival to a monster who may-or-may-not have just murdered his daughter is a stunningly eerie sight to see.” —No Proscenium
“The Pumpkin Pie Show: One-on-Ones proved to be a stunningly personal experience. As its name suggests, this performance was literally one actor with one audience member, an extremely limited experience during the festival. That actor is the incredibly versatile Clay McLeod Chapman, whose one-man show is entirely free of costumes, makeup, lighting, music, set pieces… or anything other than himself. And yet, it is completely immersive thanks to his brilliant storytelling skills. Armed with a variety of his own dark writings that bring to mind the classic tales of Edgar Allen Poe, Chapman transforms before participants’ eyes through his acting abilities alone, delivering a performance that’s impossible not to become entranced by.” —Inside the Magic
“There were too many other fun events, parties, and activities to list them all, but a quick mention for both Clay McLeod Chapman and his Pumpkin Pie live storytelling show, and for Grady Hendrix and his Paperbacks from Hell event. These guys are super talented and if you have a chance to see either one of them, don't miss it!” —Screen Anarchy
“Clay McLeod Chapman is a genius storyteller. Full stop. From performing in front of a large crowd, to intimate one-on-one performances, Clay’s ability to transport audiences deep into the heart of his stories is nothing short of remarkable.” Here's an interview with No Proscenium at the Overlook Film Festival where I talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and have no chin. Check it out here.
April 29, 2018Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
Whoa! I just found out Comic Book Resources listed our Spider-Man redux #2 on their “16 Darkest Versions of Spider-Man” list. Me and Elia Bonetti created the second darkest Spider-Man ever in the whole wide world for our Edge of Spiderverse issue!
Here's what they had to say…
“In the 2014 miniseries, Edge of Spider-Verse, we saw alternate versions of Spider-Man characters and Edge of Spider-Verse #4 (Clay McLeod Chapman, Elia Bonett) was a horrific take on the Spider-Man origin. Instead of Peter Parker, it was Patton Parnell who lived with his cruel Uncle Ted instead of Aunt May and stalked his next-door neighbor, Sarah Jane. When he visited the labs of Alcorp Industries, he was bitten by an experimental spider.
If that sounds familiar, what happened next isn’t. Instead of turning into a superhero, Parnell started webbing and eating people, including his Uncle Ted. He bit Sarah Jane before turning into a monster that was drained by the vampiric Morlun. Instead of a happy ending, the next morning we saw hundreds of baby spiders coming out of Sarah Jane’s neck. Parnell was what Spider-Man would be like if he had been a monster.”
We're number two! We're number two!
April 25, 2018Related: Edge of Spider-Verse
Thanks to Horror Talk for having me on as their guest for this week's Funny Book Splatter! You can listen to the interview by clicking here.
April 14, 2018Related: LAZARETTO #1
“Macneill's odd film was one of the more original shorts on show at this year's Sundance... With a fantastic performance from its young star at its heart and some standout cinematography on show, Henley’s originality is bound to make it noticeable in whichever festival it finds itself next.”
— Short of the Week