Events Archive

Once Upon A Halloween Night

Join New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden with actor and bestselling author Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) for an evening of live short-story writing!

Golden and Benson host New York Times bestselling horror writer Jonathan Maberry as well as Come Join Us by the Fire: Season 2 authors Jessica Guess, Clay McLeod Chapman, and Craig Laurance Gidney (now available on Google Play).

This event is a one hour round-robin writing experiment where the authors will write a scary short story together, one chilling paragraph at a time. Celebrate the Halloween spirit from home with some new and some familiar faces!

Reserve your spot by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

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10/17-10/18: Broadleaf Writers Conference

The 5th Annual Broadleaf Writers Conference will return (virtually) October 17-18, 2020! To honor this milestone year, we’ve assembled the strongest list of writers you will ever find at a conference! As well, our list of agents, editors and publisher representatives will be deeper than ever! Combined with educational sessions and workshops, the 5th Annual Broadleaf Writers Conference will offer you all that you need to refine and improve your craft and get you on the road toward publication!

Featuring Karen Abbott, Becky Albertalli, Paul Jenkins, Clay McLeod Chapman, Rona Simmons, Roger Johns, as well as agents and publisher reps to take your manuscript pitches and critique your first page, our list is sure to be the best yet!

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

SATURDAY, OCT 17th: 10:45 – 11:45 AM

“Oops, I did it Again: The Darwin Award Guide to Characters”

Panelists: Clay McLeod Chapman, Paul Jenkins, Rona Simmons, Moderator

As Anna Karenina can attest, the heart of a good story has nothing to do with happy
people doing well. Drawing out your character’s flaws can show your reader symptoms
of a challenging life they can relate to. This panel will offer insights and tips on how to
craft mistake-prone klutzes who can’t manage to do a darn thing right, and how you can
lead them down a path to realization and redemption.

SATURDAY: OCT 17th: 2:15-3:15 PM

“The Criminal Villain: Finding the Motivation for Your Antagonist”

Panelists: Karen Abbott, Clay McLeod Chapman, Roger Johns, Moderator:

A well-crafted villain can seduce your readers, test their loyalties, and even appeal to their baser instincts. It begins and ends with motivation. Though villains can be diabolical, manipulative, vicious, bloodthirsty, and ruthless, they’re more intriguing for readers when they have a reason for their actions. Join our panel for a discussion on creating a believable and motivated antagonist that your readers may secretly (or not so secretly!) root for.

SUNDAY, OCT 18th: 10:30 – 11:30 AM

“Writing for Comics”

Panelists: Clay McLeod Chapman, Paul Jenkins, Chris Negron, Moderator:

Comic books are one of the fastest growing segments of the publishing industry. More
writers, established and new, are turning to comics and graphic novels to tell their
stories. But how is it done? What differences are there between comics and novels? And
once you’ve written a comic, where do you pitch it? Join Paul Jenkins, the legendary
author of Wolverine: Origin (as well as countless others!) and Clay McLeod Chapman,
author of Marvel’s Scream: Curse of Carnage for a discussion on the comic book
industry and some pointers on crafting a comic of your own!

SUNDAY, OCT 18th: 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“I Think We’re Alone Now: Battling the Impostor Syndrome”

Panelists: Ricki Cardenas, Clay McLeod Chapman, Paul Jenkins, Shelli R. Johannes, Kimberly Jones, Kris Spisak, Moderator

When do you feel comfortable admitting that you’re a writer? When will you give
yourself that label and feel like it fits? No matter what success a writer has, they tend to
be their own worst critics. But take a moment. Breathe. You’re not alone in your fears,
your insecurities, and your doubts. Listen as our panelists discuss how they have faced
and fought the ever-present demon of Imposter Syndrome.

Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 12:00am to Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 12:00pm

Related: The Remaking: A Novel

Scratch ‘N Sniff at Nightstream!

Excited to perform a never-before-heard story SCRATCH ‘N SNIFF for Evening Rituals at the Nightstream Festival, alongside old friends Elijah Wood, Lisa Whalen and Daniel Noah from SpectreVision. Trust me, you’ll never smell your skin the same way again…

Friday, October 9, 2020 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show

10/2-10/4: Salem Horror Fest!

​The Salem Horror Fest is presenting virtual readings from an astounding assortment of authors all weekend. Check out this roster: Max Booth III, Nadia Bulkin, Christa Carmen, Clay McLeod Chapman, Gillian Daniels, Gemma Files, Christopher Golden, Gabino Iglesias, Alma Katsu, Kathe Koja, Patrick Lacey, Michelle Renee Lane, Sarah Langan, Kasey Lansdale, Victor LaValle, Curtis Lawson, Izzy Lee, Bracken MacLeod, Errick Nunnally, Tonia Ransom, David J. Schow, Rob Smales, Paul Tremblay, and Trisha Wooldridge! For more info on the fest, click here.

Friday, October 2, 2020 - 12:00am to Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 12:00pm


10/1-10/2: Film on the Rocks Drive-In

Rejoice, Colorado fans! Overlook Film Festival is partnering with Denver Film to showcase drive-in screenings of two of our very favorites to kick off the spooky season: John Carpenter’s THE THING (Oct. 1st) and the original 1992 CANDYMAN (Oct. 2nd, presented by Scream Screen, Hosted by Theresa Mercado) and we’re plussing it up the only way we know how! Join us for unique audio storytelling pre-shows onsite each night from THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW’s Clay Mcleod Chapman and Larry Fessenden & Glenn McQuaid’s TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE followed by short films CHOWBOYS: AN AMERICAN FOLKTALE by Astron-6 (Oct. 1st) and HAIR WOLF by Mariama Diallo (Oct 2nd) before your feature presentation. Grab your tickets while you can!

Grab tickets here before they sell out!

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 12:00am to Friday, October 2, 2020 - 12:00pm

Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show

9/22: Scary, Scary Night panel

Scary, Scary Night with Amy Blackthorn/Blackthorn’s Botanical Brews + Darcy Coates/Silence + Lorien Lawrence/The Stitchers: Fright Watch #1 in the Shadows + Clay McLeod Chapman/Whisper Down the Lane

Turn out the lights and get ready for chills up your spine! First we’ll mix a creepy cocktail and then hear authors read the scariest parts of their new scary stories.

In part of the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association and Southern Independent Booksellers Association’s “New Voices New Rooms” event. To register for this event, click here.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Related: Whisper Down the Lane: A Novel

9/21: StoryFest 2020: How the Story Tells Itself

StoryFest 2020 continues with a panel of top genre writers on creating unexpected narratives through mystery, puzzle, and surprise.

The most exciting stories play with the unexpected in their telling: puzzles to solve, mysteries to unwind, the past, present and fantastical wound up in one. These writers, across their genres, subvert our expectations of storytelling to give us unforgettable narratives that move us, shock us, and delight us.

Due to the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, StoryFest 2020 is going virtual. From September 15 - September 24, we will premiere 12 live and pre-recorded author events, featuring authors slated to appear in person at StoryFest 2020. These events will feature top authors and creators in genre fiction, comics, young adult fiction, and middle grade fiction. And in cross-genre panels, they will explore the big ideas at the heart of telling stories in today’s world. For more info, click here.

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Related: The Remaking: A Novel

9/15: The Remaking paperback release!

Inspired by a true story, this supernatural thriller for fans of horror and true crime follows a tale as it evolves every twenty years—with terrifying results.

Preorder The Remaking (paperback):

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2V7Ig9k
BN.com: https://bit.ly/3fOhScC
Bookshop.org: https://bit.ly/3fM28Xj
Books-A-Million: https://bit.ly/37Ref2J

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 12:00am to 12:00pm

Related: The Remaking: A Novel

8/12: SCREAM: CURSE OF CARNAGE paperback release!

She’s heeeeeeeere! At long last, the trade paperback edition of SCREAM: CURSE OF CARNAGE hits shelves everywhere! Volume 1 collects the first six issues of Marvel Comic’ fave female symbiote! Available where comics and books are sold!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 12:00am to 12:00pm

Related: Scream: Curse of Carnage

Virtual Graveyard Shift: She Dies Tomorrow and The Remaking

Aah! The Alamo Drafthouse has a book club and they’re pairing up #TheRemaking with She Dies Tomorrow! This is a total dream come true!

Virtual Graveyard Shift: She Dies Tomorrow and The Remaking

Friday, August 7th at 9 PM/CDT (10 PM/EST)

Join us for a Virtual Graveyard Shift screening of SHE DIES TOMORROW, the new film from director Amy Seimetz.

This virtual 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.

Don’t want to read the book or watch the film but still want to hang out online? Join us at 11 PM when we transition to just general horror discussion.

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 10:00pm to 11:59pm

Related: The Remaking: A Novel

Drive-In Screening and Stories!

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.

Availability is Limited! RSVP NOW at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

WEDNESDAY JULY 8TH
Gates Open: 6:45pm
Screening: 8:30pm

VINELAND DRIVE-IN
443 N. Vineland Ave.
City Of Industry, CA

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show

Writing workshop at Virtual Chattanooga Film Festival!

The Chattanooga Film Festival’s 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 more!

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, click here: https://www.chattfilmfest.org/

Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Related: The Remaking: A Novel

Pumpkin Pie Show at the Virtual Chattanooga Film Festival!

The Chattanooga Film Festival’s 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 more!

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!

For more info, click here: https://www.chattfilmfest.org/

Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show

4/15: NYC: Fantastic Fiction at KGB

Fantastic Fiction at KGB is a monthly speculative-fiction reading series held on the third Wednesday of every month at the famous KGB Bar in Manhattan, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel. Admission is always free.

Readings by Michael Cisco (The Divinity Student) and Clay McLeod Chapman (The Remaking) at KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street. For more info, click here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Related: The Remaking: A Novel

11/17: LA: Reading/signing at Dark Delicacies!

Los Angeles! I’m bringing #TheRemaking to you! Come see me read/sign at the amazing Dark Delicacies on Sunday, November 17th 4 PM!

822 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505

For more info, click here.

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Related: The Remaking: A Novel

10/29: NJ: Inside the Writers House

​I’ll be discussing The Remaking at Rutgers University in part of their Inside the Writers House! Free and open to the public. Come on out!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Related: The Remaking: A Novel

NYC: 10/17-10/19: The Pumpkin Pie Show: THE REMAKING

THE REMAKING: Come sit around the campfire to hear Clay McLeod Chapman tell the true story of the Little Witch Girl of Pilot’s Creek. Accused of witchcraft in 1931, Ella Louise Ford and her daughter Jessica were burned at the stake. Jessica now has one of the most famous graves in the South: a steel-reinforced coffin wrapped in a fence of interconnected crosses.

Seating is extremely limited. Each audience member will receive a free copy of Chapman’s new novel THE REMAKING, from Quirk Books, on shelves October 8th.

SIX PERFORMANCES ONLY: THU 17 @ 7:00 || THU 17 @ 8:30 || FRI 18 @ 7:00 || FRI 18 @ 8:30 || SAT 19 @ 7:00 || SAT 19 @ 8:30

At Under St Marks Theater: 94 Saint Marks Place, New York, NY 10009

For more info and tix, click here.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 7:00pm to Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:00pm

Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show

10/15: NC: Reading/signing at Park City Books

​Book reading/signing for The Remaking at Park City Books: 4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00am

Related: The Remaking: A Novel

10/14: NC: Reading/signing at Flyleaf Books

Clay McLeod Chapman brings campfire storytelling to Flyleaf with The Remaking

For over twenty years, Clay McLeod Chapman has been bringing his Poe-inspired first-person narratives to the stage with the hyperkinetic Pumpkin Pie Show. Now, with his new novel The Remaking, Chapman will bring that same performative energy to his readings, embracing the audience as if they were sitting around a campfire and listening to a ghost story. These electric readings will elevate the words on the page as Chapman takes on the persona of his narrators, until it feels like you are there…

Event date: Monday, October 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Related: The Remaking: A Novel

10/11: RVA: Book Talk w/ Clay McLeod Chapman

In a culture long obsessed with stories of the macabre, what price do we pay for all this storytelling? That is the question performance artist, screenwriter, and author Clay McLeod Chapman brilliantly explores in The Remaking (Quirk Books; October 8, 2019; $19.99), a supernatural thriller about a true-crime tale that takes on a life of its own. Inspired by the urban legend of The Witch Girl of Pilot’s Knob, Chapman reimagines the story of a single mother and her daughter who were burned at the stake as witches in a small town in Kentucky in 1916. In Chapman’s version, these women become Ella Louise and Jessica Ford, the inspiration for storytellers who seek to put their own stamp on their story, from a campfire tale to a B-horror movie to a meta slasher flick to a true-crime podcast. Richmond native Clay McLeod Chapman returns to his hometown for a book talk at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in partnership with Chop Suey Books.


Edgar Allan Poe Museum, Enchanted Garden
1914 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Related: The Remaking: A Novel

10/8: NYC: The Remaking BOOK LAUNCH!

For over twenty years, Clay McLeod Chapman has been bringing his Poe-inspired first-person narratives to the stage with the hyperkinetic Pumpkin Pie Show. Now, with his new novel The Remaking, Chapman will bring that same performative energy to his readings, embracing the audience as if they were sitting around a campfire and listening to a ghost story. These electric readings will elevate the words on the page as Chapman takes on the persona of his narrators, until it feels like you are there…

Tuesday Oct 08, 2019: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway
28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street @ the Archway)
Brooklyn , NY 11201

RSVP encouraged & appreciated: Please fill out the form by clicking here if you plan on attending. Facebook event found here.

PLEASE NOTE: Submitting an RSVP DOES NOT guarantee entrance. This is a free-access event. Entrance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Related: The Remaking: A Novel

10/4: NYCC: Making Friends with the Monster

Horror is more than gore and jump scares. Inside the books, comics, and movies that terrify us, there are often nuanced, heartfelt stories about the world we live in. Our panelists will discuss how they balance genuine scares and real emotion in their work, the horror titles that inspire and influence them, and more. Guests include Clay McLeod Chapman (The Remaking), Ivy Noelle Weir, Shawna Gore, Steenz Stewart and Vita Ayala.

Friday, October 4 9:00 pm-10:00 pm Room 1A18 - Javits Center

For more info, click here.

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 9:00pm to 10:00pm

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10/3: NYCC: What Scares the Scarer?

What was the first thing that truly scared you? On this panel, authors of horror, thrillers, and suspense will explore which terrifying books, movies, and experiences first made them fans for life, and how they have used that fear to craft their own chilling tales for all ages. With Kristin Thorsness (The Wicked Tree), Wesley Chu (The Walking Dead: Typhoon), Clay McLeod Chapman (The Remaking), Josh Malerman (Malorie), Sara Faring (The Tenth Girl) , and Rachel Harrison (The Return) share the scares with Brian Keene (The Horror Show with Brian Keene).

Thursday, October 3 1:30 pm-2:30 pm. Room 1A18 - Javits Center

For more info, click here.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Related: The Remaking: A Novel

SDCC: Stories That Put Your Heart In Your Throat panel

Who’s going to San Diego Comic Con? I am!

Experience the chills and thrills of these authors’ works as they craft breathless prose that will have readers turning the pages at lightning speed. Get chilly with Katrina Leno (You Must Not Miss), James Murray (The Brink), Brendan Reichs (The Darkdeep), Ally Condie (The Darkdeep), Kali Wallace (Salvation Day), and Clay McLeod Chapman (The Remaking) in conversation with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm at the Horton Grand Theatre

For more info click here.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Related: The Remaking: A Novel

2019 ALA Annual Conference

I’ll be coming to DC for this year’s American Library Association’s 2019 Annual Conference to sign ARCs for The Remaking and speaking on some awesome panels! Come on down and say howdy…

Booth Signing with Clay McLeod Chapman (The Remaking, Quirk Books), 12:00pm – 12:30pm • Booth 1805

“Don’t Be Afraid of Horror” panel with Clay McLeod Chapman (The Remaking, Quirk Books) and Grady Hendrix (We Sold Our Souls, Quirk Books)

Location: Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - PopTop Stage

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.

For more info, please click here.

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Related: The Remaking: A Novel

2019 Overlook Film Fest: ONE-ON-ONES

​ONE-ON-ONES is back at the Overlook Film Festival! For our next edition, we’ll return to America’s most haunted city, New Orleans, with new dates of May 30th–June 2nd.

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. Available exclusively for All-Access and Platinum Immersive Pass holders. For info, visit the Overlook site here.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 12:00am to Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 12:00pm

Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show

2019 Book Expo signing

​I’ll be signing ARCs for The Remaking at the Quirk Booths booth (#1239). Come on down!

“Headquartered on a quiet cobblestone street in Philadelphia, Quirk Books publishes just 25 books per year and every title is a labor of love. Some of our more popular recent titles include MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, GEEKERELLA, and WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS — plus children’s books, art books, pop culture titles, and more.”

For more info, click here.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Related: The Remaking: A Novel

4/14: Chattanooga Film Festival live performance

I’ll be performing at the 2019 Chattanooga Film Festival!

For over 20 years, author Clay McLeod Chapman and his rigorous storytelling session The Pumpkin Pie Show have offered a view into the minds of the most depraved Southern Gothic monstrosities. 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 mad men and women who drift along the periphery of humankind. Still not sold? The Scotsman says, “Clay McLeod Chapman is like Stephen King transmogrified into a post-punk preacher poet.” We bet you’re in now.

Visit https://www.chattfilmfest.org/ for tickets and festival information.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 12:00am to 12:00pm

Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show

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“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.”
— Kirkus

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