Inspired by the McMartin preschool trials and the Satanic Panic of the ‘80s, the critically acclaimed author of The Remaking delivers another pulse pounding, true-crime-based horror novel.
Richard doesn’t have a past. For him, there is only the present: a new marriage to Tamara, a first chance at fatherhood to her son Elijah, and a quiet but pleasant life as an art teacher at Elijah’s elementary school in Danvers, Virginia. Then the body of a rabbit, ritualistically murdered, appears on the school grounds with a birthday card for Richard tucked beneath it. Richard doesn’t have a birthday—but Sean does . . .
Sean is a five-year-old boy who has just moved to Greenfield, Virginia, with his mother. Like most mothers of the 1980s, she’s worried about bills, childcare, putting food on the table . . . and an encroaching threat to American life that can take the face of anyone: a politician, a friendly neighbor, or even a teacher. When Sean’s school sends a letter to the parents revealing that Sean’s favorite teacher is under investigation, a white lie from Sean lights a fire that engulfs the entire nation—and Sean and his mother are left holding the match.
Now, thirty years later, someone is here to remind Richard that they remember what Sean did. And though Sean doesn’t exist anymore, someone needs to pay the price for his lies.
January 18, 2021Related: Whisper Down the Lane: A Novel
Publishers Weekly in their divine wisdom bestowed my new novel WHISPER DOWN THE LANE with a hallowed star review and I couldn’t be more gobsmacked! They went on to say such nice things as calling the book a “spellbinding psychological thriller… a suspenseful tale of paranoia that will keep readers riveted until the last surprise is sprung.” I can’t wait for you to read this one! On shelves April 2021.
November 19, 2020Related: Whisper Down the Lane: A Novel
It’s with great pleasure that I reveal the final cover art for my new novel WHISPER DOWN THE LANE, compliments of Entertainment Weekly! Thanks to Clark Collis for the exclusive story… Hitting shelves April 6, 2021! Click here to check out “Get a first look at Clay McLeod Chapman’s new novel Whisper Down The Lane” at Entertainment Weekly!
October 20, 2020Related: Whisper Down the Lane: A Novel
Penguin Random House is participating in Library Journal’s Virtual Day of Dialog and they invited me to join in their “Meet The Author” video series to chat about my new novel Whisper Down The Lane! Watch the video here.
September 26, 2020Related: Whisper Down the Lane: A Novel
The news is out! Tor Nightfire announced their second season of “Come Join Us By The Fire,” an audio anthology of short stories… And I’m in there! Not only did they include my spooky story “the fireplace,” but they let me read it to! You can listen to it for FREE on October 15th. Find out all the gory details by clicking here. Check out this awesome roster of authors!
- Cassandra Khaw, “Some Breakable Things”
- Sarah Langan, “The Changeling”
- Shaun Hamill, “Music of the Abyss”
- Caitlín R. Kiernan, “Standing Water”
- Tade Thompson, “Bone”
- T. Kingfisher, “Origin Story”
- Silvia Moreno-Garcia, “The Sound of Footsteps”
- Laird Barron, “Jōren Falls”
- Damien Angelica Walters, “Tooth, Tongue, and Claw”
- Sunny Moraine, “If Living is Seeing I’m Holding My Breath”
- Matthew Lyons, “Blood Daughter”
- Jessica Guess, “Mama Tulu”
- Daniel M. Lavery, “Prodigal Son”
- Seanan McGuire, “Emergency Landing”
- Indrapramit Das, “You Will Survive This Night”
- ‘Pemi Aguda, “Things Boys Do”
- Kelly Link, “The Specialist’s Hat”
- Clay McLeod Chapman, “The Fireplace”
- Nibedita Sen, “Pigeons”
- Camilla Grudova, “Ghost Bread”
- Catherynne M. Valente, “The Days of Flaming Motorcycles”
- Brian Evenson, “The Cabin”
- Maria Dahvana Headley, “The Krakatoan”
- Craig Laurance Gidney, “Spyder Threads”
- Mariana Enriquez, “Things We Lost in the Fire”
- Gabino Iglesias, “The Song of the Lady Rose”
- Nick Antosca, “The Quiet Boy”
Stories are narrated by Fajer Al-Kaisi, Clay McLeod Chapman, Frankie Corzo, Deepti Gupta, JD Jackson, Daniel M. Lavery, Rich Miller, Greer Morrison, and Natalie Naudus. Produced by Steve Wagner, with sound design by Sal Barone, Patrick Smith, Ethan Donaldson, and Steve Wagner.
September 17, 2020Related: Come Join Us By The Fire
Aah! The Alamo Drafthouse has a book club and they’re pairing up The Remaking with She Dies Tomorrow! This is a total dream come true!
Virtual Graveyard Shift: She Dies Tomorrow and The Remaking! Join us for a virtual screening of SHE DIES TOMORROW, the new film from director Amy Seimetz. This event begins at 9 PM with a Book Club discussion of THE REMAKING. We’ll be reading the first half of the book and chatting about it from 9 PM to 10 PM. At 10 PM, we’ll chat about SHE DIES TOMORROW: Amy is ravaged by the notion that she is going to die tomorrow, which sends her down a dizzying emotional spiral. When her sceptical friend Jane discovers Amy’s feeling of imminent death to be contagious, they both begin bizarre journeys through what might be the last day of their lives.
August 5, 2020Related: The Remaking: A Novel
Join us on Wednesday July 8th at the Vineland Drive-In for a free screening in partnership with IFC Midnight and ArcLight for an advance screening of the spectacular new horror film RELIC directed by Natalie Erika James. This is an expertly crafted, emotional and absorbing feature film debut that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, one we were sad not to have been able to showcase at our original festival dates.
In true Overlook fashion, attendees will have their drive-in experience enhanced with a vintage pre-show for early arrivals, along with a downloadable soundtrack of spooky audio stories for the drive to and from the screening courtesy of our frightening friends at TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE and THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW. Video Q&A to follow with director Natalie Erika James, and stars Emily Mortimer, Bella Heatchote and Robyn Niven, moderated by executive producers the Anthony & Joe Russo.
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WEDNESDAY JULY 8TH
Gates Open: 6:45pm
443 N. Vineland Ave.
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July 7, 2020Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
Look who’s got a new cover! The paperback edition of The Remaking will be hitting shelves this September. Preorder your copy now:
June 23, 2020Related: The Remaking: A Novel
No bug is gonna keep the 2020 Chattanooga Film Festival down! This year, everything is going… virtual! This revolutionary online genre festival includes a lineup of electrifying and provocative features, shorts, events, and surprises, including notable guests: Ernest Dickerson, Joe Bob Briggs, Alex Winter, and… THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW!?
The Chattanooga Film Festival (CFF) along with its presenting sponsor Gunpowder & Sky’s ALTER and media partner Bloody-Disgusting.com, are thrilled to announce their innovative lineup of features, panels and live events set for May 22 to May 25. In unprecedented times, the festival is offering a full-access badge price of $30 and divvying up a portion of the proceeds back to participating filmmakers.
CFF 2020 will see the triumphant return of screenwriter and author Clay McLeod Chapman, who will be back to present THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW, an event that was without a doubt the sleeper hit of last year’s festival. Chapman will also conduct a writer’s workshop.
5/23 at 11 AM: THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW: For more than 20 years, author Clay McLeod Chapman and performer Hanna Cheek have offered a view into the minds of the most depraved Southern Gothic monstrosities with The Pumpkin Pie Show. Sometimes darkly humorous, sometimes strangely heartbreaking, and most definitely always in-your-face, these tales of madness and macabre explore the domestic horrors of the everyday, finding terror within our very own households. This one-of-a-kind performance delves deep into the darkest recesses of those madmen and women who drift along the periphery of humankind. Don’t miss it!
5/24 at 11 AM: WRITING/STORYTELLING WORKSHOP WITH CLAY McLEOD CHAPMAN: Come join Clay McLeod Chapman, author of The Remaking and Marvel Comics’ ongoing series Scream: Curse of Carnage, to discuss the hunting and gathering of new narrative material to tell our own spooooky stories. Whether it’s for film or fiction, comics or something even crazier, this workshop lays down a very simple foundation for spinning out a yarn around the campfire, no matter what the medium may be.
For more info about the fest and how to get tickets, click here: https://www.chattfilmfest.org/
May 14, 2020Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
Gather ‘round the campfire. Things are about to get spooky. Visit Quirk Book’s YouTube channel every day this week at 3pm ET to see #horror authors discussing their books! On Monday, 4/20, I’ll be kickstarting things off with a reading from The Remaking! #CampfireConversations
April 20, 2020Related: The Remaking: A Novel
Weren’t able to catch last night’s livestream reading of The Remaking? Have no fear, Youtube is here! Now you can watch the Fantastic Fiction event at KGB Bar with guests Michael T. Cisco and Clay McLeod Chapman, hosted by Matthew Kressel and Ellen Datlow by clicking here.
April 16, 2020Related: The Remaking: A Novel
FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present a reading by Michael Cisco (The Narrator) and Clay McLeod Chapman (The Remaking)! The event will be live-streamed on YouTube. Link forthcoming. Hope you are staying healthy and safe, and that you can join us! Due to the COVID-19 shutdown of the KGB Bar, this event will be live-streamed on YouTube. The link will be posted before the event.
April 15th, 2020, 7 PM. Catch it!
April 3, 2020Related: The Remaking: A Novel
Guys! Did you see this?! Comic Book Resources just revealed the cover for ORIGINS, a new graphic novel by me, Arash Amel, Joseph Oxford, Lee Toland Krieger, Jakub Rebelka, Patricio Delpeche and Jim Campbell. From BOOM! Studios, on shelves Oct 2020. Check it out by clicking here.
March 2, 2020Related: ORIGINS #1
Look who’s coloring! I discuss The Remaking for “Coloring Carnage With Clay McLeod Chapman.” Watch the interview at To Tony Production’s page by clicking here. On this week’s episode of Inside The Lines we sit down with Clay as we discuss getting a publishing deal straight out of college, writing for Marvel/Spider-Man comics, having his work adapted into film, his upcoming graphic novel/future works, and being at the Sundance film festival! Inside The Lines is hosted/directed by Daniel Hess.
February 3, 2020Related: The Remaking: A Novel
Guess who’s got a new graphic novel coming out in 2020? This joker! The fine folks at BOOM! Studios announced the release of ORIGINS, an original sci-fi graphic novel written by me, with art by Jakub Rebelka, and a story by Arash Amel, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Joseph Oxford, and Lee Toland Krieger. This one’s going to be beautiful.
December 11, 2019Related: ORIGINS #1
I spoke to Clark Collis at Entertainment Weekly to discuss the cinematic roots of The Remaking. Check out the lovely interview “Five Horror Movies That Influenced the Ghost Tale The Remaking” by clicking here. Thank you, Clark and EW! I had a blast!
November 12, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
Good news from Goodreads! The Remaking has been nominated for Best Horror Novel for their 11th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards! It’s pretty mind-blowing to see my novel next to the likes of Stephen King, Joe Hill, Paul Tremblay, Scott Thomas and all the other amazing authors. Talk about an honor. If you have a moment to vote, you can do so by clicking here.
November 5, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
Kirkus just released their “13 Scariest Books Written This Year List”... and lo and behold, guess who’s number two? THE REMAKING! It’s such an honor to be listed amongst such greats as Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates and Joe Hill. You can check out the full list by clicking here. Thanks, Kirkus!
October 17, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
I was invited to write about The Remaking for Powell’s Books blog. You can check my essay, “Wanna Hear My Ghost Story?” at their website by clicking here. It’s all about 4-H camp and my first campfire and the terrifying tale of… Tailypo. Reader beware!
October 16, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
I had the gobsmacking good fortune to be interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition by Scott Simon. We chatted about The Remaking the weekend leading up to its release. You can listen to the interview segment by clicking here.
October 5, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
“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.”