Former Morning Bulletin journalist Greg Chapman with his new book Torment.
Former Morning Bulletin journalist Greg Chapman with his new book Torment. Allan Reinikka

Chapman lands US publishing deal

GREG Chapman would like to scare you, possibly even make you scream.

And he will, too, if you read his first published novella Torment.

The former Morning Bulletin journalist from North Rockhampton has signed a deal with American publisher Damnation Books.

And he's being hailed as a new voice in horror literature while Torment has been described as a complex, chilling classic of the genre.

Rocky-born and bred Greg, 35, writes spine-tingling tales for a hobby. He works in public relations, but would in fact love to be a full-time author and illustrator.

“I was always a bit of a daydreamer, but I have a very vivid imagination. I like to give people a good scare,” he says.

He describes Torment – available in print and e-book formats all over the world – as a mystery horror.

“It's not all gore. There are problems to solve – a story about good and evil, with a happy ending.

“I'm fascinated by the supernatural. I believe there's something on the other side and no one knows what, so you can conjure up anything.”

Greg joined the Australian Horror Writers' Association in 2009 and was selected for its mentor program, where he worked with Melbourne-based author Brett McBean.

“He helped me a lot with this novella and is still working with me. Having your first book published is a big confidence boost. I have plenty of stories to tell.”

When he's not writing, he's illustrating and has signed a contract with another American publisher to illustrate a graphic novel about witchcraft persecutions.

And his talents with the pencil and brush have seen him illustrate stories in Midnight Echo and Decay magazines.



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