Friday, October 11 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
In a culture long obsessed with stories of the macabre, what price do we pay for all this storytelling? That is the question performance artist, screenwriter, and author Clay McLeod Chapman brilliantly explores in The Remaking (Quirk Books; October 8, 2019; $19.99), a supernatural thriller about a true-crime tale that takes on a life of its own. Inspired by the urban legend of The Witch Girl of Pilot’s Knob, Chapman reimagines the story of a single mother and her daughter who were burned at the stake as witches in a small town in Kentucky in 1916. In Chapman’s version, these women become Ella Louise and Jessica Ford, the inspiration for storytellers who seek to put their own stamp on their story, from a campfire tale to a B-horror movie to a meta slasher flick to a true-crime podcast.
Richmond native Clay McLeod Chapman returns to his hometown for a book talk at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in partnership with Chop Suey Books. This event will also feature a cash/credit bar and light refreshments. This event has been generously sponsored by Poe Museum member Joseph Mikolajczyk.
Mr. Chapman is the creator of the storytelling session “The Pumpkin Pie Show” and the author of Rest Area, Nothing Untoward, and The Tribe trilogy. He is the co-author, with Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick, of the middle grade novel Wendell and Wild. In the world of comics, Chapman’s work includes Lazaretto, Iron Fist: Phantom Limb, and Edge of Spiderverse. He also writes for the screen, including The Boy (SXSW 2015), Henley (Sundance 2012), and Late Bloomer (Sundance 2005). You can find him at claymcleodchapman.com.
Edgar Allan Poe Museum, Enchanted Garden
1914 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223