Hair-raising tales in author's latest book
WITH a home-made zombie lurking over his desk, Greg Chapman has no shortage of inspiration when it comes to writing horror.
On the eve of Halloween, the Rockhampton author yesterday launched his fifth book and first short story anthology Vaudeville and Other Nightmares at the CQUniversity bookshop.
A lifelong storyteller, Greg's writing started with creating comic books as a child.
Although he'd had plenty of manuscript rejections, Greg persevered and eventually published his first novella, Torment, with a small American company.
Greg said seeing his book in print was "a real thrill" and something he also puts down to the Australian Horror Writers Association mentoring.
When it comes to writing horror, Greg said he loved how much freedom he had in the genre.
"With horror you can write a whole range of things," he said.
And when he's reading horror it's the "perfect escape" from everyday life.
Far from just being about ghouls, ghosts, zombies and monsters, Greg said horror often reflected on the human condition.
He said the main story in Vaudeville and Other Nightmares revolves around a boy dealing with the grief of losing his father.
With horror writing Greg said it was all too easy to 'put monsters into partially real situations".
Vaudeville and Other Nightmares is available at the CQUniversity bookshop.
Greg's favourite Halloween entertainment
'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
The Fall of the House of Usher or The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
The original Halloween movie
Movie Trick or Treat