Woke up this morning to face some pretty intense winds outside our home. Sandy's a coming, and she's looking to be a pretty mean one.
But to be honest, I've been caught up in a whirlwind ever since Thursday… The Pumpkin Pie Show blew through town in a three-night blitz. We sold out each performance a couple days before opening night, which is unheard of. Still, more people came and we crammed everybody in. Fire marshal be damned!
Thanks to everyone for making this short run of The Pumpkin Pie Show an absolute blast. To everybody who shared the stage with me: Hanna Cheek, Abe Goldfarb, Kevin Townley and Brian Silliman—you guys were amazing, night after night. The sheer joy of watching you take these stories and lift them to a higher level… it was an absolute honor. Thank you.
To Erez Ziv and everbyody at Horse Trade, thank you for giving The Pumpkin Pie Show a home for over a decade now. Can't wait to do it again next year… See you all next Halloween! Same time, same place.
October 28, 2012Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
So here's a totally new experience for me… Today, I'm going to go to Forbidden Planet in Union Square. I'm going to go up to the cashier and ask, "Do you have a copy of Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man #7?" And the cashier is going to say something like, "Yeah, we, like, just got that issue in today." And then I'll yell, "I wrote that!" And the dude behind the counter will probably look at me funny and not really respond, silently judging me.
But I won't care, because today marks the day when my first Spider-Man comic hits the shelves. My story is called "There's A Ghost In My Locker" and it's all about how Peter Parker's locker is haunted by the ghost of a bullied kid who died in a locker-stuffing accident.
The kids'll love it!
I'm dying to get my hands on a copy. I'm dying to pull the issue off the shelf and flip through and just hold it in my hands and see how my story unfolds. Am I going a little overboard here? Totally. But this is my first comic! And it's for Spider-Man! I feel like you only get this experience once, encountering your work in a new medium for the very first time, which just so happens to be a medium that I grew up reading incessantly… so I'm going to savor the moment for as long as I can. And then I'm going to buy out the whole stash.
Oh… Here's a little secret: I tried to insert a few references to The Shining in the storyline. Let me know if anyone catches them. Pick up a copy today!
October 24, 2012Related: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #7
One week before my first Spider-Man storyline hits the shelves (Oct 24, hint, hint), I'm super-psyched to announce the release of my first Avengers comic! Not only, but it looks like my story made the front cover! Woot-woot!
(Check out the cool cover by Khoi Pham over to your left.)
I whipped up a story that includes a lesser known character from the Marvel universe named Iron Man. Mr. Tony Stark, along with Wasp and The Vision, have to go up against the grandaddy of all baddies… Ultron himself.
Marvel Universe AVENGERS: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #10
Written by TODD DEZAGO & CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN
Art by CHRISTOPHER JONES & LUCIANO VECCHIO
Cover by KHOI PHAM
• When the loathsome Leader attacks NYC with an army of Monsters, the Avengers get ready for the fight of their lives, but it's the Astonishing Ant Man who holds the key to saving the day!
• Techno-terror Ultron seizes control of the Vision to attack Avengers mansion, but Vision will show Ultron that you can't reprogram a superhero!
Issue #10 hits the shelves on January 9, 2013. If you want to read more online about Marvel's January solicitations, click here: http://bit.ly/QYZmwU
"While Tony Stark fixes a glitch on the Vision’s mechanical body, Vision must upload his sentient brain patterns into a “loaner body,” a temporary mechanical vessel that houses his consciousness. At first, it’s almost a dream come true for Vision—So this is what it must feel like to be human; power-free, vulnerable. But when Ultron deploys an artificially intelligent computer virus to hack into the Vision’s empty body and take it over for his own nefarious purposes—Iron Man, with the help of Wasp, must get Vision’s actual body back before he’s stranded inside this analog-system forever."
October 18, 2012Related: Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
The folks over at Fangoria asked me to review the classic Connie Stevens' corker "Two on a Guillotine" for their Fango Flashback section. For those out there who love mad magician movies, William Castle rip-offs, completely inconsequential jazz numbers and possessed bunny rabbits, then this film is for you…
To read the full review at Fangoria, click here: http://bit.ly/RFlxLv
October 17, 2012
Playwright Mac Rogers was invited by the editors of The Brooklyn Rail to expound upon any particular performance of his choosing happening throughout the month of October. For some ungodly reason, he picked The Pumpkin Pie Show.
I'd just like to take this opportunity to say… God bless Mac Rogers.
He has written probably one of the most incisive, heartfelt accounts of The Pumpkin Pie Show ever. In our show's decade-plus run, we've had the good fortune of getting some great press, but it's an article like this, where the author has the journalistic real estate to really get into the nitty gritty of our performances, that feels like a benchmark for us and the work we've done.
"[The Pumpkin Pie Show] has become one of downtown New York theater’s best-kept secrets—a cult success that loyal fans eagerly await every Halloween."—The Brooklyn Rail
Mac makes us sound better than we truly are. I aspire to be as good as the show he's writing about. Please, as a favor to me, read this article and spread it around. It's solid writing and it's an absolute honor to be the subject of such writing. And come see the Pumpkin Pie Show for the love of all that is unholy!
To read the full article at Brooklyn Rail, click here: http://bit.ly/Rg9Vvp
Purchase your tix for The Pumpkin Pie Show here: http://bit.ly/OxY49H
October 8, 2012Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
Glass Eye Pix posted some great shots from opening night of "Tales from Beyond the Pale." The evening at Dixon Place was documented by filmmakers (and pals) Noah Greenberg and Craig Macneill, capturing our live performances of Joe Maggio's "Ram King" and my very own "Like Father, Like Son" with none other than Larry Fessenden and Vincent D'Onofrio starring.
Plus there are a few shots of me hosting my lil' heart out. Thanks, Noah and Craig. To see the full set of photos, click here: http://bit.ly/Q0VhbT
There are three more evenings of bone-chilling "Tales from Beyond the Pale" coming up throughout October, so venture on out to see us!
October 5, 2012Related: Like Father, Like Son
Earlier this week, Deadline reported in an exclusive that Elijah Wood has partnered up with Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller to form The Woodshed, an indie production company whose sole goal in life is to make some of scariest horror movies you'll ever see.
Looking over their slate of upcoming productions, I believe them. Read the full article at Deadline here: http://bit.ly/O2H5AX
But the real jaw-dropper: On their roster is none other than a feature length version of our very own HENLEY, written by myself and director Craig Macneill. It's based on our 2012 Sundance-selected short, which was based on the chapter "The Henley Road Motel" from my novel MISS CORPUS. For the short, we focussed on the first half of the chapter and its major players—so when it came time to start developing the feature-length script, Craig and I went back to "The Henley Road Motel" and essentially picked up where we left off, expanding on the world we had started to create. And for anyone who's read MISS CORPUS (all three of you), you know it doesn't end well.
This project has been in the works since January. We've been working on the script while trying our hardest to keep mum about the good news. Do you know how tough it is to keep something like this a secret? Good news gnaws on your insides. Bottling up good news causes awesome-ulcers. But now that Deadline has broken the news, we can shout it from the mountaintop…
More HENLEY is coming your way. Two hours more. You've been warned.
Here's what Deadline had to say:
"On the production side, Woodshed gets underway with… Henley, a feature transfer of the 2012 Sundance short written by Clay McLeod Chapman and Craig Macneill. Macneill will direct and Noah Greenberg is producer as well as cinematographer. The film is described as an intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath as he first discovers his taste for killing."
October 3, 2012Related: The Boy (feature)
We've been in the bowels of Dixon Place for the last couple days, gearing up for tonight's premiere pairing of Joe Maggio's "Ram King" and my very own "Like Father, Like Son" for Glass Eye Pix's radio play series Tales from Beyond the Pale. It's been a blast putting these shows together with Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead) and Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter). And hell… It's not every day you get to hang out with the likes of Vincent D'Onofrio, hearing him rock your script out.
Beyond tonight's performance, there will be three more nights of radio plays for your listening pleasure by Jeff Buhler, Ashley Thorpe, Simon Barrett, Kim Newman, McQuaid, and Fessenden himself all throughout the month of October. And then…? Well, fingers crossed, the recordings of our plays will make up the second season of Tales ready for listening at your own home!
Hope to see you tonight… 9:30 at Dixon Place!
For more info on Like Father, Like Son, click here: http://bit.ly/W8darI
October 1, 2012Related: Like Father, Like Son
You go to the dentist. You're stuck in the waiting room. What do you do? You pick up a copy of Entertainment Weekly and flip through. But rather than settle in on an interview with Robert Pattinson… What's this? An article about Glass Eye Pix's upcoming Tales from Beyond the Pale? Oh ho!
It's an embarrassment of promotional materials this morning. Entertainment Weekly ran a nice lil' story about next week's show, featuring the poster art for our two premiere pieces "Ram King" by Jow Maggio and my play "Like Father, Like Son."
Fangoria, Shock Til You Drop and Dread Central also posted stories online yesterday. I'm telling you now… This is going to be a blast. I'm really proud of my piece. It definitely doesn't hurt to have the windpipes of Larry Fessenden and Vincent D’Onofrio supporting your words, either. Come check it out on Oct 2nd at Dixon Place!
To read the Entertainment Weekly article, click here: http://bit.ly/S8Pr6y
To read the Fangoria article, click here: http://bit.ly/SlCdD6
To read the Shock Til You Drop article, click here: http://bit.ly/S8G1rM
To read the Dread Central article, click here: http://bit.ly/Q3tVBK
September 27, 2012Related: Like Father, Like Son
The folks at Glass Eye Pix have just unveiled the new poster for my story "Like Father, Like Son" in part of their radio play series Tales from Beyond the Pale. It's a thing of beauty. Ghoulish beauty, for sure, but when it's by none other than the Ghoulish Gary Pullin himself, would you expect anything less? Never!
Tales from Beyond the Pale starts up this coming Tuesday, October 2nd at Dixon Place. Trust me, kiddies… You are not going to want to miss it!
For more info about our four-night event, go here: http://talesfrombeyondthepale.com/
Fango did a nice little writeup on the Tales series as well today, which you can read here: http://bit.ly/SlCdD6
September 26, 2012Related: Like Father, Like Son
It's that time of year again… Time for another Pumpkin Pie Show. The folks at Nytheatre.com were kind enough to throw a couple questions my way about me and the show. You can read the interview here: http://bit.ly/TvtO7f
How much of a jackass am I in this interview? Too much? Not enough?
We are one month away from showtime. Three nights only, y'all. Get your tix!
September 25, 2012Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
God bless you, Flavorpill. This year's Pumpkin Pie Show is an editor's pick once again. Not only: John Peacock goes out of his way to say some pretty darn spectacular things about us and the show. Check this out: "Sick storytelling genius Clay McLeod Chapman's Pumpkin Pie Show returns to shock and bring laughter to its loyal fans. ...The best reason to see the show is the return of Hanna Cheek's drunken bridesmaid monologue, a comedic classic so expertly executed it needs to be experienced more than once."
To read the whole post, click here: http://bit.ly/OxUufE
Our run is only one weekend, okay? This one's gonna be awfully randy. Better get your tickets now: http://bit.ly/OxY49H
September 17, 2012Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
Sorry about the radio silence as of late… But with good reason, I swear! Please allow me to introduce you to Jasper Jagat Chapman, born on September 13th. He's a heartbreaker, a name-taker, and rump-shaker. Ladies, I'm warning you now. This kid will melt your heart with one burp.
The world's your oyster, kid. Daddy's gonna help you shuck it.
September 16, 2012
The folks at the cable network FEARnet have picked our film LATE BLOOMER to screen online for free alongside some other majorly creepy shorts.
I'm warning you now: Click at your own expense. After watching one short, it becomes increasingly easier and easier to click onto the next short. And the next… Then there goes your whole morning. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Here's what FEARnet has to say about our film: "Puberty meets H.P. Lovecraft in this impressive, hilarious short. Something strange is happening in Miss Lovecraft’s seventh grade sexual education class…" So, so true.
To watch LATE BLOOMER at FEARnet now, click here: http://bit.ly/SSXIAL
August 29, 2012Related: Late Bloomer (short)
Awesome announcement time!
I can officially let the cat out of the bag on this one now… This October, I'm teaming up with Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid from Glass Eye Pix to present the second season of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE, a series of spooky "radio plays for the digital age."
To push ourselves even further into the outer limits, we're putting together a LIVE show. Think of it as a Prairie Home Companion for blood-and-gut devotees. Eight spooky stories by top notch writers (plus, ahem, yours truly), performed onstage with foley sound FX.
Here's what Glass Eye Pix has to say:
"Glass Eye Pix, the fiercely independent film company behind STAKE LAND, THE INNKEEPERS and I SELL THE DEAD, in association with Clay McLeod Chapman’s FEAR-MONGERS: FIRESIDE CHATS ABOUT HORROR FILMS, is taking its successful audio dramas TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE out of the studio and onto the stage. A new twist on the vintage radio shows of yesteryear, Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid’s TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE has already thrilled fans of the macabre with it’s first season of creepy dramas released last year. Now they are upping the ante and recording 8 original audio shows before a live audience…"
Fangoria Magazine has already given us a little lovin' on the good news. Read all about it here: http://bit.ly/NuwOhB
We'll be presenting TALES at Dixon Place for the first four Tuesdays out of October, so mark your calendars! More details about the rest of our writers and performers to come. Until then… start saying your prayers, 'cause it's gonna be one hell of a Halloween this year. Muyahahahahaha!
TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE: http://talesfrombeyondthepale.com/
GLASS EYE PIX: http://www.glasseyepix.com/?p=699
August 17, 2012Related: Fear-Mongers
Just got word that a new play of mine—"The Penalty," inspired by the 1920 Lon Chaney silent film, will be given a developmental reading in part of The Kennedy Center's 11th Annual Page To Stage Festival!
"The Penalty" is a commissioned piece by The Apothetae, along with Dixon Place. The Apothetae is a company dedicated to the production of full-length plays about the "Disabled Experience." They have been invited to The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. to workshop four of their new original works at the Page to Stage Festival this coming September. Here's a synopsis for the play:
New York City. 1920. A legless beggar pleads with the oncoming foot-traffic for spare change. Barely a nickel comes his way. But what these pedestrians don’t know is—this deformed derelict at their heels is none other than Blizzard, kingpin to the seedy underbelly of the Lower East Side. With an army of dancing girls at his beck and call, Blizzard is hell-bent on executing his master plan: Get his revenge against the prominent doctor who left him in this condition—and against the city that could’ve cared less. Enter the good doctor’s daughter, Sofie, an artist living in the LES. When she asks our vengeful vagrant to pose for a new portrait, completely unaware of Blizzard’s history with her father, the stage is set for a showdown between this trio.
Three people. Four legs. One game of revenge.
Inspired by the novel “The Penalty” by Gouverneur Morris, and its film adaptation written by Charles Kenyon and directed by Wallace Worsley.
For more info about the Page to Stage fest: http://bit.ly/MhEbT3
For info on The Apothetae: http://bit.ly/MhEkpQ
August 3, 2012Related: The Penalty
So. Back in 2006, I did a reading. I read a story from my first book of short stories called "the pool witch." It's a rambunctious story about three boys behaving very, very badly at a water park.
In the audience was this children's book editor. We never talked or met each other that night. I never even knew she was there. Two ships in the night…
Fast forward to 2009. I'm at a party. That same editor's there. We are introduced, start talking—and she tells me about hearing me read all the way back in 2006. She said—"What you do for adults, I think you could do for kids. If you've got an idea for a children's book, let me know…"
A month later, we had lunch. I pitched her five ideas. She kinda liked three of them. One rises up to the top pretty quickly. She said: "No promises, but if you write this one and I like it, I'll go to bat for you…"
What else was I going to do with myself?
I didn't tell anyone. I don't even think I told my wife at first. Partially out of fear of failure, partially out of just wanting to write for myself. I wrote in secret for months, working on this… thing. This novel? What was it going to be? Turns out it was a big sprawling massive four hundred pages of craziness.
But I was having a blast. I don't think I'd had this much fun writing in a long time. Waking up every day, I got to work on this thing. No pressure, no promises. Just me and my computer and a story that I really wanted to tell.
Cut to Christmas 2009. My computer gets hacked. I SPAM my entire email list, including an agent I'd been in contact with years back but hadn't chatted with since, lordy, probably 2003. This agent realized that my email account had been compromised, but she responded to me anyways, just to see what I'd been up to. I said: "Funny that you should mention it, but I've been working on this book…" She asked if she could read it, I said of course!
After New Years in 2010, she gets back to me. She said: "We're repping this." You better believe I wasn't going to argue. She got one of her best men on the job, my very own super-hero agent—and off he went to Submission Town.
That children's book editor got first dibs.
Fall 2010, I got a three book deal with Disney-Hyperion.
Suddenly, the crazy thing I'd been working on for months completely under the radar's become Book One in a trilogy of middlegrade children's novels.
What's the trilogy called? THE TRIBE. Book one is titled: HOMEROOM HEADHUNTERS. And me, I've been on cloud nine ever since.
I just pressed send on my copy edits for Book One. It's bizarre to think, but this project that began back in 2009 is slowly coming to a close. The first chapter at least. There's a lot more work to go before it hits the shelves next year, but it struck me how this all came about because of a series of completely random events. Things I had absolutely no control over. If that doesn't make you a firm believe in fate, I don't know what would… All I can say is, I'm very lucky. Counting my blessings. And for every person who had some part in making this all happen, thank you thank you thank you…
Now it's time to get cracking on Book Two…
July 30, 2012
Just in time for Friday the 13th, the NY Times has a lovely lil' story in today's paper about all the various odds and spooky ends of horror theater (and cinema) happening this summer right here in NYC. And look who gets quoted, but yours truly…
To read the article, click here: http://nyti.ms/Nl5jVc
Mama, I'm in the Times! Thanks to Erik Piepenburg for the "Fear-Mongers" shout-out. We're just a heartbeat away from making a huge announcement for our October show, so keep your eyes peeled for updates! T.G.I.F.13th!
July 12, 2012Related: Fear-Mongers
Thanks to the super-cool blog Super Punch for picking the cover for our Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man issue #7 as one of Marvel's best for October! I've never met Ty Templeton before, but I whole-heartedly agree that his cover for our comic is hands down amazing. Take that, Punisher!
For a complete rundown of Super Punch's picks for Marvel's October line, click here: http://bit.ly/N2JGKm
July 12, 2012Related: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #7
It's an awesome day. Last year, I announced that I had started writing for Marvel Comics. At long last, I'm totally psyched to shout it out from the mountain top that my first Spider-Man storyline will officially be released this October in Marvel Universe ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #7.
Today was Marvel's solicitations for their entire October line, which features MU/USM issue #7 along with its kick-ass cover. Here are the details for my story:
Marvel Universe ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #7
JACOB SEMAHN AND CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN (W)
NUNO PLATI AND RAMON BACHS (A)
COVER BY TY TEMPLETON
• The smash Disney XD hit webs its way right out of your TV!
• It’s Halloween gone haywire! Can Spidey stop the costumed chaos?
• And then! Can Spider-Man save Peter Parker’s greatest enemy from being held hostage in a hostile high school haunting?
32 PGS./All Ages ...$2.99
If you want to read more online, click here: http://bit.ly/OupVax
In the Halloween spirit, my story THERE'S A GHOST IN MY LOCKER is all about our young Peter Parker making the discovery that his locker is haunted by the ghost of a dead freshman. Just in time for the holidays!
This is a total dream come true. You better believe I'll have updates the closer to October we get. Until then, start saving those pennies kids!
July 10, 2012Related: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #7
“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.”