The Pumpkin Pie Show at OVERLOOK FILM FEST!

The Overlook proudly presents the 2018 special event lineup of Virtual Reality, Live Shows and exclusive immersive performances. Showtimes, schedule and tickets will be available in early April. For more info, click here.

Live Show: Creator, Writer, Performer: Clay McLeod Chapman

Author Clay McLeod Chapman is bringing BRAND NEW STORIES to the Overlook! The Pumpkin Pie Show has remained a staple of the fest – and this year they’re offering an even sweeter treat: original tales that have never been inflicted upon an audience anywhere. Flesh-eating bacteria, killer baby carrots and haunted comic books are all on the menu. These new campfire stories will be sure send a shiver up your spine. Hear them first before they’re unleashed upon the rest of the world!

Live Show: Creator, Writer, Performer: Clay McLeod Chapman

Come join us for an encore presentation of the best Pumpkin Pie Show stories from over the last 20 years. Author Clay McLeod Chapman will lead the audience through the back-catalogue of his personal favorite tales, offering a view into the sordid lives of Southern Gothic monstrosities that explore the domestic horrors of the everyday, finding terror within our own households. This is Edgar Allan Poe for the modern age, people.

Immersive Performance: Creator, Writer, Performer: Clay McLeod Chapman

A returning favorite from last year’s fest, please join author Clay McLeod Chapman as he takes one audience member at a time on a dark ride through this depraved, intimate storytelling experience. Think of it as a heart-to-bleeding-heart with madmen, murderers and monsters telling their own story. No fourth wall, no escape. First come, first serve. Sessions will last 20 minutes. Available exclusively for all-access pass holders.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:00am to Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 12:00pm

Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show

5/25: Write to Read Day

I'm gonna be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Write to Read Day! W2R Day is a conference-style event for middle schoolers to celebrate literacy, story telling, and self-expression. Held each May, Write to Read Day is now in its 6th year. The morning consists of a keynote presentation, opening ceremonies, and two break out sessions that students elect ahead of time.  Each student has a customized schedule according to his or her interests.  We hope Write to Read Day inspires our students to be curious, passionate readers, and that it helps them find creative modes of expression for their voices.

Author of the Tribe trilogy, Clay has published short story collections, novels, comics, screenplays, and the stage. His works have been adapted for the screen as shorts and a feature length film, and he created and wrote for the two decade long Pumpkin Pie Show storytelling sessions. Clay joins us courtesy of the Brooklyn Public Library to talk about his career behind the pen, and will run a creative writing workshop afterwards.

For more info, click here.

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 12:00am to 12:00pm

Related: The Tribe: Homeroom Headhunters

Rutgers University Writers Conference

On June 2 - 3, 2018, aspiring and established writers, agents, editors, and publishers will converge at the Rutgers Continuing Education Center for the 2nd Annual Rutgers–New Brunswick Writers' Conference! Enjoy keynote presentations from Alice Hoffman and Chris Bohjalian, choose from concurrent sessions across six tracks, meet individually with agents, editors, and publishers, join a panel discussion on publishing options, and attend an evening reading event featuring famous authors.

Clay McLeod Chapman will be leading two workshops:

ADAPTATION FOR STAGE/SCREEN: Sat 2, 2:50pm to 3:50pm

WRITING THRILLERS, CRIME NOVEL: Sat 2, 10:10am to 11:10am

For more info on workshops and the conference, click here. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 12:00am to 12:00pm

8/5-8/10: Southern Gothic Retreat

Anybody wanna tell spooky stories in Savannah? Come on down for a southern gothic writers retreat with Daniel Wallace (Big Fish), Alex Dawson and me. Only 10 spots available. We'll tell ghost stories all night...

WHAT: SO GO in SAVANNAH! Stay in the "8th Most Haunted Hotel in the World" (USA Today) and Write/Workshop Southern Gothic/Speculative Fiction in "America's most haunted city" (Travel Channel) with "horror-drunk storytelling virtuoso" (Time Out New York) Clay Mcleod Chapman (The Pumpkin Pie Show), acclaimed author Daniel Wallace (Big Fish), and Rutgers University Creative Writing professor Alex Dawson (Deep in the Jeeps of Georgia). Daily workshops, topical talks, craft exercises, one-on-one mentoring sessions, nightly readings of participant work, and group excursions to evocative points of interest, like Colonial Cemetery aka "Paranormal Central," considered the most haunted location in Savannah.

WHEN: Aug 5 (arrive by late afternoon) - Aug 10 (depart early/mid-afternoon). Note: Daniel Wallace arrives evening of Aug 7.

LIMITED TO ONLY TEN PARTICIPANTS! If you're interested, e-mail Alex at ASAP (w. the subject heading "So Go in Savannah!")

WHERE: Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, and one of the most haunted cities in the country. We'll be staying/workshopping at the Marshall House, whose history as a hospital during the Civil War (and through two yellow fever epidemics) make it easy to believe the many rumors. Frequently featured on the Travel Channel's "Haunted Hotels," Marshall House has been named one of "11 of The South's Most Haunted Places" by Southern Living and the "8th most Haunted Hotel in the World" by USA Today. It was recently highlighted in the Huff Post article: "6 Hotels with Super Disturbing Pasts"

For more info, click here.

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 12:00am to Friday, August 10, 2018 - 12:00pm

Related: Rest Area


“A brutal and rewarding first novel… Chapman’s landscape often resembles the gothic terrain of Flannery O’Connor or the early works of Cormac McCarthy.”
— editorial review

Miss Corpus

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