Clay McLeod Chapman

Clay McLeod Chapman

“Like a demonic angel on a skateboard, like a resurrected Artaud on methadrine, like a tattletale psychiatrist turned rodeo clown, Clay McLeod Chapman races back and forth along the serrated edges of everyday American madness, objectively recording each whimper of anguish, each whisper of skewed desire. This is strong stuff, intense stuff, sometimes disturbing stuff, but I think the many who admire Chuck Palahniuk will admire Chapman as well.”—Tom Robbins, author, Still Life with Woodpecker

Clay McLeod Chapman is the author of novels Ghost Eaters, Whisper Down the Lane, The Remaking, and miss corpus, story collections nothing untoward, commencement and rest area, as well as The Tribe middlegrade series: Homeroom Headhunters, Camp Cannibal and Academic Assassins.

His new novel, What Kind of Mother, arrives on September 12, 2023.

Upcoming projects include Quiet Part Loud, a 12-part horror podcast series from Jordan Peele and Monkeypaw Productions, written by Chapman and Mac Rogers, exclusively on Spotify beginning on November 15, 2022.

Chapman’s story late bloomer was adapted into a short film, directed by Craig William Macneill. An official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, the short won Best Short at the Lake Placid Film Festival and the Brown Jenkins Award at the 12th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival.

Their second short, Henley, based on the chapter “The Henley Road Motel” from Chapman’s novel miss corpus, was an official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. It won Best Short at the 2011 Gen Art Film Festival and the 2011 Carmel Arts and Film Festival. The Boy (SXSW 2015), a feature-length adaptation of Henley, co-written with director Macneill, was produced by SpectreVision (Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller) in 2015.

In comics, Chapman is the writer of the Marvel series Scream: Curse of Carnage. He has written Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety, Iron Fist: Phantom Limb, Typhoid Fever, as well as for Edge of Spider-Verse and Venomverse, The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, American Vampire, Scream: King In Black, and ORIGINS among others.

He is the creator of Self Storage (451 Media) and Lazaretto (BOOM! Studios).

Chapman is the creator of the rigorous storytelling session The Pumpkin Pie Show. In the twenty years of its existence, it has performed internationally at the Romanian Theatre Festival of Sibiu, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Edmonton Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Dublin-based thisisnotashop art space, IGNITE Festival, Women Center Stage Festival and Impact Theatre Festival.

Chapman wrote the book for Hostage Song (music & lyrics by Kyle Jarrow). He is the author of such plays as commencement, the cardiac shadow and volume of smoke. His story-monologues birdfeeder, undertow and the wet echo have been featured in The Best American Short Plays anthologies.

Chapman was educated at the North Carolina School of the Arts for Drama, the Burren College of Art, and Sarah Lawrence College. He currently teaches writing at The Actors Studio MFA Program at Pace University.


2022

QUIET PART LOUD

Performances

Quiet Part Loud

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1996

The Pumpkin Pie Show

Performances

Celebrating its second decade of performances, The Pumpkin Pie Show is a literary fist in the face. Part storytelling session, part boxing match, part shamanistic ritual, The Pumpkin Pie Show has established itself as an all-points artistic hodgepodge of theatre and literature.

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2024

Long Division anthology

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New anthology featuring a story by Clay McLeod Chapman.

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Spider-Verse: Across The Multiverse

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Spider-Verse: Across the Multiverse featuring Clay McLeod Chapman

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Shadows in the Stacks

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Shadows in the Stacks, A Spirited Giving Charity Anthology, featuring a short story written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Stay On The Line

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Stay On The Line, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Trevor Henderson

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Fangoria Vol 2 #22

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Fangoria Magazine features "Hermit" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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2023

Extreme Venomverse

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Extreme Venomverse trade paperback featuring new stories written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Knockoffs

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Knockoffs written by Clay McLeod Chapman from Shortwave Books

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WHAT KIND OF MOTHER: A Novel

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What Kind Of Mother, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, from Quirk Books

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Daily Lurker

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Features the short story "swallowbox" by Clay McLeod Chapman

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EDGE OF VENOMVERSE UNLIMITED INFINITY COMIC #8

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Edge of Venomverse Unlimited Infinity Comic #8, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Dax Gordine

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Shadows Over Main Vol 3

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Shadows Over Main Vol 3 features "summer in the pit" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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October Screams

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October Screams, edited by Kenneth W. Caine, featuring the short story "sweet meat" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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House of Haunts

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House of Haunts anthology featuring the short story "rug burns" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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EDGE OF VENOMVERSE UNLIMITED INFINITY COMIC #6

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Edge of Venomverse Unlimited Infinity Comic #6, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Philip Sevy

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EDGE OF VENOMVERSE UNLIMITED INFINITY COMIC #5

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Edge of Venomverse Unlimited Infinity Comic #5, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Gustavo Duart

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Dark Corners of the Old Dominion

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Dark Corners of the Old Dominion featuring the short story "keep it civil" by Clay McLeod Chapman

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EDGE OF VENOMVERSE UNLIMITED INFINITY COMIC #3

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Edge of Venomverse Unlimited Infinity Comic #3, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Philip Sevy

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EDGE OF VENOMVERSE UNLIMITED INFINITY COMIC #2

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Edge of Venomverse Unlimited Infinity Comic #2, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Philip Sevy

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EDGE OF VENOMVERSE UNLIMITED INFINITY COMIC #1

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Edge of Venomverse Unlimited Infinity Comic #1, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Philip Sevy

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Extreme Venomverse #3

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Extreme Venomverse #3 featuring a new story written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Extreme Venomverse #2

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Extreme Venomverse #2 featuring a new story written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Creepshow Vol 1

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Creepshow #5 features the story "Husk" written by Clay McLeod Chapman and art by Amwita Citriya

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2022

Creepshow #5

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Creepshow #5 features the story "Debutante Ball" written by Clay McLeod Chapman and art by Amwita Citriya

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Literally Dead: Tales of Holiday Hauntings

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Literally Dead: Tales of Holiday Hauntings, featuring the short story "psychic santa" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Ghoulish Tales #1

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Ghoulish Tales #1 features the short story "Who Brings A Baby?" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Obsolescence

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Obsolescence features the short story "pump and dump" by Clay McLeod Chapman

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American Cannibal

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American Cannibal anthology featuring Clay McLeod Chapman's "all ears."

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Baby Carrots

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Baby Carrots written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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GHOST EATERS: A Novel

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Ghost Eaters, a novel written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Mama Bird

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Short story "mama bird" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Weird House Magazine #2

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Weird House Magazine #2 featuring "nail on the head" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Wendell & Wild

Films

Wendell & Wild, directed by Henry Selick, written by Selick and Jordan Peele, based upon the book by Selick and Clay McLeod Chapman

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FOUND

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Found, an anthology of found footage horror stories, features "the spew of news" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Campfire Macabre: Volume 2

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Campfire Macabre includes the short story "scratch 'n sniff" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Nail on the Head

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Nail on the Head, a limited edition chapbook, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, published by Theurgical Studies

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Worth Writing About

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Worth Writing About zine featuring the short story "Crosshairs" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Devil’s Reign: Villains for Hire

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Devil's Reign: Villains for Hire, written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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2021

Devil’s Reign: Villains for Hire #3

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Devil's Reign: Villains for Hire #3, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Manuel Garcia

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Devil’s Reign: Villains for Hire #2

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Devil's Reign: Villains for Hire #2, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Manuel Garcia

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Devil’s Reign: Villains for Hire #1

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Devil's Reign: Villains for Hire #1, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Manuel Garcia

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9 Tales from Beyond the Pale

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Radio plays for the digital age.

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Southwest Review

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Southwest Review, featuring the short story "Stowaway" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Extreme Carnage

Books

Extreme Carnage trade paperback collecting all eight issues.

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UNKNOWN

Films

Unknown is a psychological horror anthology series created by Craig William Macniell and Clay McLeod Chapman, produced by Kilter Films and Amazon Studios

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ORIGINS

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Origins, an original graphic novel, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Jakub Rebelka, from BOOM! Studios

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Alter Bridge: Tour of Horrors

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An original horror anthology graphic novel from Z2 Comics

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Extreme Carnage: Lasher #1

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Extreme Carnage: Lasher #1, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Chris Mooneyham

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Extreme Carnage: Scream #1

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Extreme Carnage: Scream #1, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Chris Mooneyham

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King In Black: Gwenom vs. Carnage

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King In Black: Scream #1, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Garry Brown.

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King in Black: Planet of the Symbiotes

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King In Black: Planet of Symbiotes #1, written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Empyre Omnibus

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Web of Venom: Empyre's End #1, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, with art by Guiu Villanova

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ORIGINS #6

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Origins, an original graphic novel, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Jakub Rebelka, from BOOM! Studios

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ORIGINS #5

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Origins, an original graphic novel, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Jakub Rebelka, from BOOM! Studios

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2020

Whisper Down the Lane: A Novel

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Whisper Down the Lane: A Novel written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Black Telephone Magazine

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Black Telephone Magazine #1 featuring "room with a boo" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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ORIGINS #4

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Origins, an original graphic novel, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Jakub Rebelka, from BOOM! Studios

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ORIGINS #3

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Origins, an original graphic novel, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Jakub Rebelka, from BOOM! Studios

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ORIGINS #2

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Origins, an original graphic novel, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Jakub Rebelka, from BOOM! Studios

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34 Orchard: Issue 2, Autumn 2020

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34 Orchard, includes the short story "fairy ring" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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The Dread Machine

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The Dread Machine features TAKE ME written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Fangoria Vol 2 #9

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Fangoria Vol 2 #9 featuring the story "debridement" by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Come Join Us By The Fire

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Tor Nightfire's new audio anthology, Come Join Us By The Fire, featuring Clay McLeod Chapman's story "the fireplace"

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2019

ORIGINS #1

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Origins, an original graphic novel, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Jakub Rebelka, from BOOM! Studios

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King In Black: Scream #1

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King In Black: Scream #1, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Garry Brown.

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King In Black: Planet of Symbiotes #1

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King In Black: Planet of Symbiotes #1, written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Web of Venom: Empyre’s End #1

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Web of Venom: Empyre's End #1, written by Clay McLeod Chapman, with art by Guiu Villanova

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #8

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #8 written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Garry Brown.

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #7

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #7 written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Garry Brown

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #6

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #6 written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Chris Mooneyham

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Scream: Curse of Carnage

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Trade paperback collecting Scream: Curse of Carnage #1-5

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #5

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #5 written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Chris Mooneyham

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #4

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #4 written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Chris Mooneyham

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Black Telephone Magazine #3

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Black Telephone Magazine #3 featuring a new short story written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #3

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #3 written by Clay McLeod Chapman.

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #2

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #2 written by Clay McLeod Chapman, art by Chris Mooneyham

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #1

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #1 written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Absolute Carnage: Scream

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Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety written by Clay McLeod Chapman.

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Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1

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Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1 written by Clay McLeod Chapman.

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Absolute Carnage Omnibus

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Absolute Carnage Omnibus hardback

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Absolute Carnage

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Trade paperback collecting Absolute Carnage #1-5

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Absolute Carnage #5

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Daily Bugle Editorial by J. Jonah Jameson (transcribed by Clay McLeod Chapman)

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Absolute Carnage #4

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Transcribed by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Absolute Carnage #3

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Transcript of Psychiatric Evaluation: Frances Louise Barrison

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Absolute Carnage #2

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Transcript of Psychiatric Evaluation: Harry Osborn

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Absolute Carnage #1

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Transcript of Psychiatric Evaluation: Cletus Kasady for Absolute Carnage #1 written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Everyone Is A Target #9

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Everyone Is A Target #9 written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Everyone Is A Target #8

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Everyone Is A Target #8 written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Everyone Is A Target #7

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Everyone Is A Target #7 written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Blood & Blasphemy

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Blood & Blasphemy anthology, featuring the short story "sisterhood of the salamander" written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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The Remaking: A Novel

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The Remaking written by Clay McLeod Chapman, published by Quirk Books

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Everyone Is A Target #6

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Everyone Is A Target #6 written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Everyone Is A Target #5

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Everyone Is A Target #5 written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Teacher Representations in Dramatic Text and Performance

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Teacher Representations, with forward written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Everyone Is A Target #4

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Everyone Is A Target #4 written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Buzz Books 2019: Fall/Winter

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Buzz Books 2019: Fall/Winter featuring an excerpt from The Remaking written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Everyone Is A Target #3

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Everyone Is A Target #3 written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Everyone Is A Target #2

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Everyone Is A Target #1 written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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Everyone Is A Target #1

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Everyone Is A Target #1 written by Clay McLeod Chapman

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