Nothing Untoward: Stories From The Pumpkin Pie Show by Clay McLeod Chapman


Nothing Untoward: Stories From The Pumpkin Pie Show by Clay McLeod Chapman



About the book: In Rest Area, Clay McLeod Chapman offered a view into the lives of Southern Gothic monstrosities. Now, the 40 tales of Nothing Untoward delve into the depraved minds of those madmen and women who drift along the periphery of humankind. Sometimes darkly humorous, sometimes strangely heartbreaking, these stories explore the domestic horrors of the everyday, finding terror within our own households.

Haunting and hilarious, these sharply tuned diatribes are more than simple horror stories in the traditional sense. These offbeat psychological portraits are presented from the perspectives of the very monsters themselves. The heroes of these tales are murderers, loners, and drifters.

Spanning over 20 years of the rigorous storytelling session “The Pumpkin Pie Show,” the tales collected here are to be read out loud – or to yourself, if you're brave enough. The oral tradition is alive and well with these stories, captured on the page for you to share around the campfire, or flip through in bed late at night. These are ghost stories for people who don't believe in ghosts, haunted by their own crumbling minds and wounded hearts.

A perfect mixture of tongue-and-cheek gallows humor, psychological terror, and character-based storytelling, Nothing Untoward focuses on the darker side of domesticity and won't let go.

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About the Author: Clay McLeod Chapman is the author of "rest area," a collection of short stories, and "miss corpus," a novel. "Miss corpus" was recognized in part of The New Yorker's "Reading Glasses" series in 2003. Recently, he completed "The Tribe" trilogy, a middlegrade adventure novel series for Disney—"Homeroom Headhunters," "Camp Cannibal" and "Academic Assassins."

Chapman’s story "late bloomer" was adapted for film by director Craig Macneill. An official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, the short won the audience award for Best Short at the Lake Placid Film Festival and the Brown Jenkins Award at the 12th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. Their second short, “Henley,” based on the chapter “The Henley Road Motel” from Chapman's novel "miss corpus," was an official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. It was awarded Best Short Film at the 2011 Gen Art Film Festival and the 2011 Carmel Arts and Film Festival.

THE BOY, a feature-length adaptation of "Henley," co-written with director Macneill and produced by SpectreVision (Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller), had its theatrical release in August 2015.

Within the world of comics, he was written for Edge of Spider-Verse, The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man and Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 POP! Upcoming releases include the six-issue graphic novel Self Storage for Michael Bay's 451 Media Group and the second American Vampire anthology for Vertigo Comics.

Chapman is the creator of the rigorous storytelling session The Pumpkin Pie Show. In the twenty years of its existence, it has performed internationally at the Romanian Theatre Festival of Sibiu, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Edmonton Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Dublin-based thisisnotashop art space, IGNITE Festival, Women Center Stage Festival and Impact Theatre Festival. The Pumpkin Pie Show continues to perform in New York City annually with long-time scene-stealer Hanna Cheek.

Chapman has written the book for the musical "Hostage Song" with music and lyrics by Obie-winner Kyle Jarrow. He is the author of such plays as "commencement" and "volume of smoke." Stage versions of his stories “birdfeeder,” “undertow” and "the wet echo" were selected for The Best American Short Plays: 2007-2008, 2009-2010 and 2013-2014 anthologies.

Chapman was educated at the North Carolina School of the Arts for Drama, the Burren College of Art, and Sarah Lawrence College. He currently teaches writing at The Actors Studio MFA Program at Pace University.