Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Noctuary - by Greg Chapman - Keep an eye on Greg Chapman

5 Stars

Aussie horror writer, Greg Chapman, is someone worth paying attention to.  The name may not be familiar to you right now, but it soon will be.  Both a talented artist, currently working on illustrations for a graphic novel on the history of witchcraft persecutions from horror legends Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton and now an up and coming novelist in his own right.  I first read Chapman in 2011 when his Novella, "Torment" was published in March.  "Torment" was a terrific ghost story set in Scotland. Still available in both paperback and for the Kindle.

"The Noctuary" takes us in a different direction, but is every bit as good.  It all starts when writer , Simon Ryan, starts conversing with his muse who reveals himself as Meknok, the thing in his dreams.  It is easy to immerse ones self in the world Chapman has created here. 

Along the way Simon Ryan meets Henry Schiller, another writer, and he learns that his soul is on the line, unless he writes for Meknok.  Meknok's what you call a Dark Muse - one of the nine muses, whose soul task is to inspire mankind to darkness.

Ryan has a chance to rewrite his own history, in his own blood, something that he would love to do, given his disturbing past.  What follows is a delicious story told to perfection.  So much so, that I eagerly await Greg Chapman's next work.  I'm hoping for a novel soon.  Something to really sink my teeth into.  "The Noctuary" is published by Damnation books and is available for the Kindle at

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