After joining the Australian Horror Writers Association in 2009, Greg Chapman was selected for its mentor program under the tutelage of author Brett McBean. Since then he has had short stories published in The Absent Willow Review, Trembles, Eclecticism, Bete Noire and Morpheus Tales, comic artwork in Midnight Echo Magazine, and several novellas published by various small press. His debut collection “Vaudeville and Other Nightmares” was published in 2014.
He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel “Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times”, written by Bram Stoker Award winning authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton was published in 2012. It received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel.
Find out more about Greg at http://darkscrybe.com
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To me, the end of the world will be a battle between those who have faith and those who don’t.
You only have to look at the current state of affairs around the world to see that path could be right around the corner.
The Eschatologist, my latest piece of fiction, is a survival horror tale which aims to explore the notion that when the end times come, the people who are left behind will fall back on their belief in a higher plan – with disastrous consequences.
In the novella, David Brewer and his family are trying to survive in a world that has been ravaged by an apocalypse on a Biblical scale. Earthquakes, tornados and floods have brought the world crashing down. David doesn’t believe he can keep his family safe because he’s lost faith in himself. When things go wrong and a stranger steps in to do what David couldn’t do, the stranger seeks to force his own faith in God onto David to show him the way. This is the crux of the story.
It’s a test of faith and a bloody one. I wanted to explore how far “believers” would go to protect themselves and their beliefs. Because I think in the end this is what it might all come down to – what you believe in.
The story isn’t anti-religious and it’s not pro-atheism. It sits on the fence, in the grey area between what’s right and what’s wrong and as a writer, I think that’s what makes horror one of the best genres to write for.
Personally, I don’t know how I would go in an apocalypse like the one in The Eschatologist. I think there’s a fair bit of me in David (at least in the early stages of the story), but if tested I think I would fail. Having said that, I’m glad this is a work of fiction, because in the end, not having faith in ourselves (like David), might be what claims us all.
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You can pre-order Greg’s book at http://www.amazon.com/Eschatologist-Post-Apocalyptic-Greg-Chapman-ebook/dp/B01939Z9YU/