The reviews are in for issue #1 of Lazaretto and by all accounts it's the grossest, craziest, freaky-deakiest thing you'll ever read. But don't take my word for it! Check out what these folks had to say…
“A masterclass in pacing and characterization… capable of shocking the reader out of their complacency.”—Broken Frontier
“A gripping and horrifying opening chapter of what promises to be one hell of a new series.”—Big Comic Page
“Leaves you holding your breath and gasping for air… Utterly brilliant.”—Geek.com
“Chapman brings his unique writing style to something so completely different. A must-read for every comic book fan.”—Outright Geekery
“Chapman delivers a well-timed script that is every freshman and parent’s worst nightmare.”—Comicon.com
“I found every page to be oozing with compelling details and mile-high tension.”—Multiversity Comics
Lazaretto is “violent, bloody, and disturbingly horrific.”—ComicConVerse
“An excellent mix of horror, suspense, and a bit of the college melting pot.”—Graphic Policy
Lazaretto “will make an agoraphobic out of you… you'll want to take a shower immediately after reading it.”—Horror Talk
Lazaretto is “like when you realize what sending the family dog to live on a farm really meant.”—Nerdspan
Lazaretto is “about people finding themselves as individuals as well as society as they band together to survive.”—OmniComic
“Simply extraordinary… Everything you want from an opening issue and more.”—SnapPow.com
“Jey Levang's art manages to communicate both delicate human emotion and flat-out grossness with equal aplomb. It’s a fascinating idea, off to a great start.”—Uproxx
“Relatable characters and art that matches the book’s harrowing tone have set the stage for a disaster story with a horror slant.”—Geekery Magazine
“Definitely thumbs up, but don’t eat before reading.”—Biff Bam Pop!
“Grotty” becomes “literally blood-smeared, violent, ambulant plague-carrier.” This is issue one of five, so if you like a good epidemic panic story, get it in now for some autumn-winter monthly fun.”— Women Write About Comics
“The issue has a wonderfully smooth flow thanks to the strong writing. Each character in the issue has a clearly defined personality… The dialogue is a highlight and keeps the story moving along. The art style has a great human, analog look to it.”— Comics Crusaders
“Like some sort of weird horror movie it also reads a lot like a Micheal Crichton novel… This combination makes for some stellar reading that will thrill, entertain and amaze readers.”—Reading with a Flight Ring
“Chapman [succeeds] in creating a feeling of isolation in a sea of people. The overwhelming demands on time and involvement for a person trying to figure out who they are and want to be are wonderfully captured.”—Geeks Worldwide
“Chapman introduces this flu slowly but assuredly, like a good horror movie. You know it’s coming, but you’re at the stage where you’re simply paying attention to the details until the other shoe drops. Given how lazy, irresponsible, and immature freshmen college kids are it’s no wonder a terrible flu takes hold of the school. Chapman writes this in such a way that’s believable.”—Adventures in Poor Taste
...And that's just a taste! Honestly, you should just pick up #1 and judge for yourself. Issue #2 hits the shelves October 11th!
September 24, 2017Related: LAZARETTO #1
In celebration of tomorrow's release of issue number one, here's a great interview at Broken Frontier with me and Jey Levang, yucking up all things LAZARETTO! You can read the interview at the Broken Frontier site here.
September 5, 2017Related: LAZARETTO #1
Artist Jey Levang and myself discussed how to survive the recent outbreak of the canine flu over at the Big Comic Page. You can read all about it right here. Safety first, kiddies! Pick up your copy of LAZARETTO #1 on September 6th.
August 31, 2017Related: LAZARETTO #1
The fine folks at Marvel Comics made a claymation promo for the Edge of #Venomverse comic I wrote and I'm so stoked. We've been clay-mated! Check out the video here.
August 25, 2017Related: Edge of Venomverse #5
The AV Club is all about our upcoming issue of Edge of Venomverse #5. You can check out an exclusive preview here.
“Chapman has… crafted a story that works to Stokoe’s strengths, giving him the opportunity to make the horror as creepy as possible so that there’s an intense contrast with the fundamental comedy of Deadpool… Readers can expect this book to go way over-the-top.”
Check out the whole issue on 8/23!
August 18, 2017Related: Edge of Venomverse #5
I opened my heart up to the fine folks at Westfield Comics about our upcoming comic Lazaretto and things got pretty ooey-gooey. You can read the interview here. Lazaretto #1 is on shelves this September!
July 6, 2017Related: LAZARETTO #1
Know any Norwegian? Then you should read this interview where awe-inspiring inker Jey Levang discusses our upcoming BOOM! Studios comic LAZARETTO! Read the interview here at Empirix.
June 20, 2017Related: LAZARETTO #1
So… Time to spill the beans. I've been working on a brand new limited comic series over at BOOM! Studios called LAZARETTO. Guys. It's sick. Literally and figuratively. I just did an interview over at Newsarama to announce the release of issue #1 out this September. Read it here.
I'm so psyched for this comic. It's got art by the amazing Jey Levang and I can't wait to share it with you… So, so sick.
June 15, 2017Related: LAZARETTO #1
Just did a lovely interview with the fine folks at Daily Dead about NothingUntoward, The Tribe Trilogy, The Pumpkin Pie Show, The Boy and Edge of Venomverse, along with some other spookyoooooky stuff! Read the interview here.
May 26, 2017Related: Nothing Untoward
Just had lunch? Want to lose it? Well, you can read my short story “buffet of the damned” online for free right now! The fine folks at the Daily Dead have posted a lovely sample of my new short story collection NOTHING UNTOWARD… so hop to it! You'll never look at cruise ships the same way again. Ever. Read “buffet” here.
May 19, 2017Related: Nothing Untoward
So… Can you keep a secret? I've been working on a script. I can't tell you what it's about. Yet. But it's title is “The Restoration at Grayson Manor” and it was just selected to take part in this year's Frontieres Market at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. Ten feature film projects were chosen and we were one of two from the US. Woo-hoo! Keep checking back here for more info, but until then, here's some press:
“George A. Romero Revving Up New Zombie Film,” Entertainment Weekly.
May 19, 2017
I was interviewed from haunted hotel the Buxton Inn in Ohio by the fine folks over at The Film Coterie and got to read a spooooooooooooky story, to boot. You can listen to the podcast here. These guys were kind enough to do a little writeup on their website as well, which you can read here.
“Imagine a creepy character talking directly to you on your own phone and laying out a horrific tale and you'll start to get the idea. It felt personal that way. Sent a shiver down my spine…” Thanks, Film Coterie!
May 17, 2017Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
A surprising number of reviews popped up from our performance of the Pumpkin Pie Show at the Overlook Film Festival. Here are a few choice quotes from some pretty (dis)reputable publications:
“Chapman is doing something that feels new and present and his particular brand of alchemy both needs and deserves an audience.” Birth.Movies.Death., “When Clay McLeod Chapman Tells a Story, You Listen.” Read the full review here.
“A powerful and incredibly unnerving performance that I’ll never forget. Clay McLeod Chapman is an incredible actor and storyteller.” Daily Dead, “Immersive Experiences and Special Events.” Read the full review here.
“On the lighter side of things, performer Clay McLeod Chapman shared playfully spooky stories with festivalgoers in one-on-one sessions, sitting across from them and maintaining eye contact as he took on a series of storytelling identities.”—Indiewire, “Why Immersive Experiences Are the Future of Storytelling.” Read the full review here.
“Clay McLeod Chapman led people into the dark corners of the lodge for intimate retellings of his famous The Pumpkin Pie Show stories, which included silly voices, intense moments, and extremely animated movements.”—Haunting, “Curating the Best Horror Storytelling.” Read the full review here.
Special thanks again to Michael and Landon for bringing the Pumpkin Pie Show out to the Overlook. It was a total blast… And thanks to everyone who braved our one-on-one performances! Hope to see you next year!
May 6, 2017Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
The Pumpkin Pie Show was fortunate enough to have been invited to perform at the first annual Overlook Film Festival in Oregon this last weekend. The fine folks at Birth.Movies.Death just so happened to attend, and we were super surprised to find this lovely little write up about our show:
“Chapman is doing something that feels new and present and his particular brand of alchemy both needs and deserves an audience.”
Thanks so much, BMD! It's a total honor… Let's do it again soon!
To read the full review, click here.
May 2, 2017Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
Today the Overlook Film Festival announce it amazing lineup, including The Pumpkin Pie Show… Entertainment Weekly took notice and wrote a little something-something about the fest and mentioned yours truly. You can read all about it here. See you at the Timberline! Things are gonna get spooooooooooooky…
April 11, 2017Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
Richmond Magazine was kind enough to ask me a couple questions before next week's ransacking of my hometown. You can read the interview here. See you at Chop Suey Books and then at the Pumpkin Pie Show! Thanks to Harry Kolatz for the lovely chat.
February 16, 2017Related: Nothing Untoward
At long last, I am over the moon to announce my second collection of short stories, NOTHING UNTOWARD, is finally on the shelves. This book picks up where my first collection, REST AREA, left off… with 40 new tales for your reading (dis)pleasure! I'll be celebrating its arrival into this world with a few reading events in NYC and RVA, along with a couple Pumpkin Pie Shows around. Pick up a copy at your local bookstore. Available online at Amazon or Indiebound or beyond…
February 15, 2017Related: Nothing Untoward
I wrote a heartwarming story titled “the fireplace” and it's popped up online at Hello Horror. I think you should read it before social services swoops in and takes my children away from me. You can read it for FREE here. But don't say I didn't warn you.
February 7, 2017Related: Hello Horror
The Evil One anthology is now available for pre-order! 36 stories, 432 pages, inspired by one awesome album. It's got my oogly-boogly story B-SIDE in it. Go to Makeout Creek Books to order your very own copy now!
December 30, 2016Related: The Evil One: An Anthology
I was invited to write for both the Blumhouse Pictures and Tribeca Shortlist websites. If you've got a free minute, you can check them out here…
If the election hasn't terrified you enough check out this listicle I wrote for Blumhouse about horror in politics. Read it here. Plus I penned a probing exposé on Harvey Keitel's dingaling for Tribeca ShortList. Read it here.
What a reading list! Enjoy!
November 8, 2016
“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.”