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
Do you like books? Do you like spooky books? Do you like spooky books written by me? If you answered YES to all three of these questions then you should hop on over to Goodreads where Quirk Books is holding a super-exclusive giveaway for my new super-spooky novel THE REMAKING. Only 75 copies available! Click here while the clicking is good!
April 8, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
Psst… Heard the news? There’s a new novel coming your way. A spooky one. It’s called THE REMAKING and it’s coming out October 2019 from Quirk Books. Check back here for more info!
February 6, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
The recent run of The Cardiac Shadow co-produced by Northern Light Theatre and the Good Women Dance Collective in Edmonton has been receiving an over-whelming amount of raves. Here's what the critics say:
“The heart of humanity beats on in Northern Light Theatre production of Cardiac Shadow.” —Edmonton Journal
“Both visually mesmerizing and profoundly chilling, The Cardiac Shadow by Clay McLeod Chapman, provides viewers with an innovative approach to Holocaust narration… The modern minimalism of the production team is nothing short of masterful brilliance.” —Edmonton Jewish News
“An overarching story of the human spirit soaring above inconceivable torment. The ending comes as something of an unexpected metaphysical miracle. The final moments will stay with you for some time.” —Gig City
The Cardiac Shadow “shows humanity at our most horrible without any need for gruesome images or descriptions because it takes advantage of the most intricate theatre of all – the theatre of the mind.” —After The House Lights
“An elegantly artful little chamber piece. And the chamber in question is the mind, or more precisely the memory vault where the human mind can travel and warm itself when the present is too terrible to bear.” —12th Night
“Beautiful dance, music, theatre and film parallel the horrors of The Cardiac Shadow. Perhaps most chilling is the realization that similar savagery continues today 75 years after the Second World War. So where does that put us?” —St. Albert Gazette
“One of the edgiest plays Northern Light Theatre has ever produced.” —Playbot
Beyond the reviews, a few interiews/profiles popped up. Check them out:
“Insights into the Experience of Nazi Concentration Camps” - St. Albert Gazette
“Remembering the Women of Ravensbrück in The Cardiac Shadow” —After The House Lights
I couldn't be more proud of what Trevor Schmidt and his production team have put together. Congratulations, everyone! If you have a chance to check this show out, please do. Click here for dates and tickets for the show's run.
January 27, 2019Related: the cardiac shadow
Got two minutes to kill? Looking for something a little spooky to read? I have a new short story up at Gallows Hill Magazine titled “nail on the head.” It's about a haunted hammer. A haunted hammer! You can read it for free by clicking here. Enjoy!
January 11, 2019
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
“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.”