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VAUDEVILLE AND OTHER NIGHTMARES is a collection of 24 dark visions by Australian author and artist GREG CHAPMANThe stories within will take you into the deepest recesses of the psyche and introduce you to abominations that only hell would welcomeCHAPMAN is the author of the novellas Torment The NoctuaryVaudeville and The Last Night of October He is also an artist with his comic book illustrations gracing the pages of Midnight Echo magazine and his graphic novel Witch Hunts A Graphic History of the Burning Times with Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton winning the Bram Stoker Award in 2012“Greg Chapman is a new voice in horror and brings fresh angles to our genre which too often recycles unoriginal stories There is a cinematic uality to his storytelling which lodges itself in your imagination deepening the bold and disturbing tales he delivers Approach Vaudeville and Other Nightmares with care and whatever you do leave the lights on” Rocky Wood Bram Stoker Award R winning author of Stephen King A Literary Companion


10 thoughts on “Vaudeville and Other Nightmares

  1. says:

    E book gifted for reviewVaudeville and Other Nightmares is a collection of short stories from Australian author Greg Chapman The introduction by Brett McBean sets the scene for what you are about to delve into with an in depth tale of Greg's journey in the world of literature specialising in horror There are 24 stories with varying themes that will whet the appetite of all lovers of the short story and horror genres I enjoyed all of the stories but there were a few that stood out from the rest amongst my favourites are VaudevilleLost LakeHuman ResourcesMother's HouseForfeitThe Fear CentreThe Name in the DarkA Matter of PerceptionPrecious BloodThe Breadth of an InstantBaptismChristmas MourningCodex MusaicumThere were a couple that I thought could easily be turned into full length novels two stories in particular are A Matter of Perception and Mother's House All the stories have one thing in common they bring the reader into a world beyond their own and leave you feeling just that little bit different once the tale has been told Simply brilliant and highly recommended to lovers of horror


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    Review CopyThis collection from Australian horror writer and artist Greg Chapman begins with my favorite novella from his budding career Vaudeville Anthony Moore's father was found hanging from a tree in the woods outside the small town of Keaton A year later at the same location Anthony discovers a band of Vaudeville players who are so much than they appear to be Young Anthony had been sent to the market to get some items his mother needs to prepare their dinner On his way home he is sidetracked by the performers who promise to bring back his father if Anthony brings four of his friends to see their show He gets home without the groceries and his mother is none to happy Mashed potatoes and beans for dinner garnished with silence and animosity I love that lineVaudeville has that evil carnival vibe reminiscent of Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes and is just one of 24 stories which will reach out and grab you and won't let go until you've read the last word on the final pageI'm not going to give a synopsis of every story but a few of my favorites include Lost Lake where a pedophile gets what he deserves Human Resources where a dream job turns into your worst nightmare and Chthonic a delightfully creepy story of a boy who buries his best friend aliveNo subject is off limits no taboo is too great Chapman takes them all on Not even Saint Nicholas is save as evidenced in Christmas MourningLook for Vaudeville and Other Nightmares to be published by Black Beacon Books on September 19th 2014 Just in time for HalloweenRecommended


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    Some reviews for my collection S Magazinehttpsmagcom20141031edition 1Horrible Book ReviewshttpfrankmichaelserringtonblogspoThe Tomb of Dark DelightsVAUDEVILLE AND OTHER NIGHTMARES by Greg ChapmanAustralian author Greg Chapman’s new short story collection features grotesue and horrific tales that touch upon darkest depths of human consciousness 24 stories of loss and despair wrung from elemental terrors that plague us all A boy grieving the loss of his parents’ self inflicted deaths find solace and horror in the forest where his father hanged himself; the worst job interview ever; something terrible lurks beneath an ice locked lake; a world without parental interference is not at all what one teenager expected; a small town suffers a biblical downpour; a captive Djinn longs for freedom; imprisoned by a demon a princess endures a special kind of hell; an Irish priest hears a vampire’s confession of sins; Edgar Allan Poe’s words find a life of their own; an abused woman seeks to end her torment; hoping to catch a glimpse of Santa a young boy witnesses the most horrible Christmas imaginable; a writer truly suffers for his art and These stories range from fairy tale inspired dark fantasy to full on hardcore screamers of the most graphic sort Astutely introduced by fellow Australian author Brett McBean VAUDEVILLE AND OTHER NIGHTMARES storms onto the horror stage with unflinching brio For about the author head on over to his online resting place at See at


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    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book This book is a compilation of short horror stories Chapman gives the reader a diverse range of interesting compelling and uite gruesome short stories Short stories take work to capture the reader and Chapman connects the reader with the MC in a short space of time with ease; which shows he has a wide reaching and diverse talent worthy of five stars in itselfThis compilation came together with the same ease to me as a reader as Roald Dahl's tales of the unexpected Which I must note I thoroughly enjoyedThere were a few I would have liked to have kept reading and seen developed ; simply because I'm a selfish reader and I want in some stories These stories are and notable mentions for me were Vaudeville Lost Lake Mother's House Cult of Scars and my favourite of the book The Name in the DarkI look forward to the next book from Greg Chapman


  5. says:

    Greg Chapman’s book of short stories is like comfort food for the horror reader They’re just fun tales that’ll satisfy the appetite for a scare here and a shudder there with an occasional ewww The twenty four short stories cover a vast area of chartered and unchartered territories Some of my favorites were The Name in the Dark a retelling of a children’s fairly tale but done nicely in the Greg Chapman voice Chthonic puts a delightful chilling spin on juvenile hall Transe I’m not going to give anything away but it was very creativeI started a number of these stories thinking this reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode or this reminds me of a Stephen King story but they uickly veered off the I’ve seen this or read this before into originality and twisted pathways that left my hunger for something new uite satedAlthough there were a few typos and Mr Chapman is fond of using clichés there weren’t enough of either to keep me from highly recommending this bookDisclaimer I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


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    I've been reading horror for a long time When you read one genre long enough you see certain ideas done over and over again and you run across some bad stories It seems like every time I start to get tired of reading horror an author comes along that reminds me why I love this genre Vaudeville by Greg Chapman is a horror novella that will have you screaming for Anthony Moore is a lonely kid his father hung himself in the woods a year ago and Anthony's whole world fell apart Kids at school don't talk to him his mother has become an alcoholic and all the townspeople look at him with pity One day when he is visiting the place where his father killed himself he is approached by four demons out for vengeanceThey call themselves The All American Traveling Troubadours and they have a disturbing tale to tell They also know what really happened to Anthony's father The Troubadours haven't performed since The Civil War but they're looking to do one last show The price for the show and in order to get his dad back Anthony has to bring them four young soulsVaudeville is a great horror story that touches on themes of sorrow alienation and loss Greg Chapman does an excellent job of making every character in this story sympathetic even the demons Even though they demonstrate how evil they are you feel sorry for them when you hear the tale of how they got became what they are I also liked how Anthony's mother was portrayed she is a person at conflict with herself and I liked the changes she went through at the endGreg really brought the scenes and settings to life The way everything is described was like a painting and I felt like I was in the middle of it The action scenes were great the characters are deep and there are some frightening moments My only complaint was that I wish it was longerI'm a big fan of stories that have traveling shows in them and Vaudeville did not disappoint


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    Vaudeville is a rollicking tale of fantastic adventure set in the small town of Keaton and the mysterious woods nearby It is in Keaton Woods that the body of young Anthony Moore's father was found and the boy feels drawn to these woods in an attempt to understand what happened to his father and he succeedsGreg Chapman's writing explores the shadowy area between reality and fantasy; body and soul This novella finds him building upon his writing style and usual subject matter in a logical way It also shows his ability to create believable characters especially with regards to the mother and son However I did find them a little less believable as the story progressed but that was probably because the story took the dramatic leap from realism into fanstasyThis story is perfect for fans of fantastic tales with a touch of horror and even though the subject matter is dark the story is spritely and enjoyable to read The forest itself as well as the clothes and mannerisms of the performers were well described and Burtonesue in nature It felt as though I too were there in the woods watching the showWell done Greg Keep them coming mate


  8. says:

    Excellent collection with some memorable lines and strong writing Very interesting and diverse range of stories with a great feel to them the author has a clear voice and there's a tone threading throughout that renders each story effective Definitely reminded me of Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes Forfeit was a favorite if you're looking for a tale to creep you out and the first line in A Matter of Perception was perfect She was cold white and still I look forward to reading of Greg's work and am always amazed when someone is both a gifted writer and artist like he is Recommended


  9. says:

    This book is very goodI read a lot of horror and I lovec it


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    Greg Chapman remember that name because when his books start hitting the New York Times bestseller list you want to be able to say you were reading his work before it became popular If you haven't read anything by Greg then you haven't been paying attention to my reviews or you're just not a true fan of the horror genreGreg is a Bram Stoker Award winning author and artist from Australia He's published numerous short stories some novellas and a graphic novel jointly with two other very talented people Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton To date I've read about 95% of what he has published and I haven't been let down yet I'm anxiously awaiting delivery of his newest venture The Blood Curdling Colouring Book

Vaudeville and Other Nightmares is a dark and sinister trek through one of the most talented minds to come out of the last 5 years Here is the breakdown of the stories keep in mind that some were too short to give an accurate review without spoilersVaudeville Greg starts the ball rolling with an interesting novella Anthony is a young man who is trying to deal with the suicide of his father While coming back from the store he gets sidetracked by a group of vaudeville performers who are not what they outwardly appear In exchange for their ability to bring back his father Anthony is to bring four of his friends to see their performance As I was reading this story I kept thinking about Something Wicked This Way Comes I loved the backstory of the American Civil War it made the perfect setup for the conclusion of the story Lost Lake this is every parents worst nightmare A lone child skating on thin ice pun intended and a predator who gets a run in with KarmaHuman Resources what happens when you are a little too perfect for the job? You become an important part of upper management with your whole heart and mind Be careful of what you hope for when going in for a job interview you might just get itDeluge one major theme that seems to run through a lot of Greg's stories is Armageddon or the destruction of the world This is one such story where they skies open up and drop a deluge of stuff upon the residents of a small town It wasn't until they realized just what the stuff was that they start to understand what's in store for themIndebted this was a very interesting take on the old theme You make a deal with the devil the devil must get paid Gorun is a funeral director who would do anything to say his wife and child and now he must steal from the dead to pay his debtLike Windows to the Soul peeping toms they've been around since the dawn of time But what happens when the watcher becomes the watched? Or better still in the words of Greg Who Watches the Watcher?A Host to Horror this one was one of my favorites If you're as old as I am you grew up watching the old horror shows that were always hosted by some local guy dressed as Dracula or some such thing What happens when that persona takes over one's psyche? The result can be deadlyOnly Son a superb tale of a man and his inability to cope with the loss of his son ChillingMother’s House another running theme among a lot of Greg's stories is the mental breakdown a person experiences after trauma This novella tells the story of a young man haunted by the ghost of his dead mother who disapproves of his new girlfriend Or is he? You decide I do have to say I am extremely envious of Clark's the protagonist library as Greg described itChthonic this was an odd story that reminded me of Clive Barker's early work It was dark and gruesome and I had no idea where the story was going to end up Lucius is a bad seed; a very very bad seed He is sent to prison for burying his friend alive but cannot explain why he did it Maybe the Devil made him do it?Forfeit again another story reminiscent of Clive Barker This one wasn't so much horror as the fantasy Greg inserts a lot of religious elements into his stories and this one tackles the age old uestion What happens to you if you commit suicide? Is it a one way ticket to hell? Can you be forgiven and still enter heaven? Or do you forfeit your soul and something horrible awaits Chilling right to the endTranse Simon just turned 15 and woke up on his birthday to a world with no sun and everyone in a state of deep sleep that he cannot wake He sets out to find help and meets a being names Reverie who tells him she needs his help defeating the Umbra a race of beings hell bent on destroying her world and now his They head to the only place of light in the city the library and there he finds a book that will change his life The ending will hit you like a piano dropped from the tenth floor windowThe Fear Centre what if your nightmares weren't just your brain blowing off steam and resetting itself? What if there was a sinister plot behind them controlled by monsters that feed off fear? The theme has been used before but not nearly as refinedThe Cult of Scars I believe in always writing honest reviews That being said this would be my least favorite of the lot there was just something that didn't strike me about it Melanie is a cutter who looks for help from a group for cutters Instead of finding help she finds something a lot worse Everlasting I'm a sucker for a good Djinn story; and this was a good one Greg takes the genie mythos gives it hierarchy and class and weaves a tale of forbidden love fratricide and abandonment The Name in the Dark an updated telling of a very old fairy tale Do you know the imp's name?The Beat of Intention here was another story that couldn't get into It was very short therefore I can't say much about it other than it took a lot of heartA Matter of Perception this was an interesting story that I could actually see being made into a TV show Tobias is for lack of a better term a magician not an illusionist but one that actually has magical powers He is part of a group of policemen that use their skills to solve crimes as well as enforce the laws meant to keep others like him in check Upon solving one crime he finds a way to illegally keep his wife from dying Precious Blood here we have another very religious story about the saving power of the Blood of Christ Having grown up Catholic this story struck a nerve since I thought the same things First does the wine truly turn to blood or is it actually just symbolic? If it does turn to blood can it forgive even the most heinous crimes? And what would happen should a vampire drink the blood of Christ? Father Malloy soon finds out The Breadth of an Instant they say that time heals all wounds but is that true? A man has a uniue gift being able to repair timepieces of all kinds After losing the love of his life he starts to hate time and tries to destroy it The conseuences are dire as the true timekeepers curse him for trowing away the gift they bestowedPatrick Oswald Edwards my favorite of the lot All I have to say is that this was a great homage to a master The subtle and not so subtle references were awesome Look at the initials for a hintBaptism Marie is a victim of spouse abuse She thinks that suicide is the only escape Turns out she was wrong and is able to enact her revenge in the best way possibleChristmas Mourning talk about a dark story Nicholas like every kid is determined to catch Santa in the act Instead he finds a man in his living room who proceeds to tell him how Santa is not the generous soul everyone believes him to be and that he is here to spread the word all because he never received a present from Santa There are going to be a lot of horrified children when they open up their special presents from the ragman insteadCodex Musaicum another novel take on an often used theme Leslie's father is a well known writer who abandoned her for his work She hates him for it and they haven't spoken for many many years Until a lawyer shows up with a letter from her father who is now missing He asks that she destroy all of his work something she's wanted to do for a long time However when she arrives at her father's apartment she finds his muse in the form of a demon who now forces her to write as he forced her father The story within the story The Courtyard of the Old Residency in Munich was just as interesting Very few people know that Adolf Hitler wanted to be a painter and according to some was fairly good at it This story is about his early days as a painterSo there you have it I'm sorry this review is so long but I wanted to do the book justice While there were a few I didn't like that's not to say they were bad they just weren't to my liking different strokes for different folks I don't understand why Greg isn't well known in literary circles I hope positive reviews like this will help bring his writing to light Check it out there's something for everyone in this collection I anxiously await what will come out of his twisted head next