TTS has once again teamed up with Pump Up Your Book to bring you Greg Chapman! I just finished his book The Noctuary and believe me when I say it was a fun creepy read! So Greg gets to take over my blog for the day! Let’s find out what he has to say! Enjoy!
My new novella The Noctuary, features the nine Dark Muses of Hell, creatures hell-bent on damning every human soul.
The story is about inspiration and creation and how a writer is inspired to write horrors for the Muses.
This begs the question: what inspires me? Which authors are my muses?
In my book I acknowledge two authors as my muses – Edgar Allan Poe and Clive Barker.
E.A. Poe was probably my first introduction to classic horror, while Clive Barker’s Books of Blood served as my first foray into the contemporary genre.
I credit Poe’s works for helping me understand one of the fundamental components of horror fiction – suspense and atmosphere. Poe is a master of building that sense of dread. His short story The Fall of the House of Usher is a fascinating and engrossing journey into horror; it’s tortured characters and the house itself literally coming to life on the page. The source of the horror becomes its own character and haunts you for a long time after you’d read the final words. The Cask of Amontadillo, The Red Masque and The Pit and the Pendulum are also some of my favourite Poe works.
Clive Barker on the other hand is a master of the visceral aspects of horror. His Books of Blood pull us into some of the darkest places of our imagination. He takes the human psyche and tears it open, subjecting the reader to behold the “fantastique” in all its blood soaked glory. The Hellbound Heart, which introduces us to the Cenobites, The Damnation Game and The Hellbound Heart are the more “hellish” of Barker’s tales, but these days he has become adept at world-building.
My book, The Noctuary is a something of a melding of these two authors and the qualities they are best known for. I aimed to build the mystery and dread and then expose the inner horror of the human soul.
I hope I’ve done Mr Poe and Mr Barker proud.
Greg Chapman is an author of dark fiction from Australia. His latest horror novella The Noctuary was published by Damnation Books on December 1; his debut novella, Torment was published in March. He’s also had short stories published in The Absent Willow Review, Trembles Magazine, Morpheus Tales and Eclectism E-Zine. His home on the web is www.darkscrybe.blogspot.com. For more information on The Noctuary visit www.wix.com/darkscribe/thenoctuary
Synopsis: Simon Ryan is Hell’s new scribe…the safety of our souls will depend on his every word. Struggling writer Simon Ryan’s life has gone to Hell. Shadows are pouring into his reality and his words are not his own anymore. He has been chosen to become a scribe for some of the worst creatures of the Underworld-the ones whose sole purpose is to torment human souls-The Dark Muses. As Simon writes he falls deeper into the abyss and before long he has no sense of what is real. With the help of another scribe, old and mutilated, Simon comes to discover that his writing can mould people and places-that he can write things out of existence. To become a scribe he has to pass a test and the Muses offer him a chance to rewrite his horrible past. All Simon has to decide is how the story ends.