CQUniversity book shop’s David Murray with Greg Chapman and his horror colouring in books.
CQUniversity book shop’s David Murray with Greg Chapman and his horror colouring in books. Allan Reinikka Rokahorrorb

The surprising popularity of Greg Chapman's horror pages

GREG Chapman doesn't look like a scary man. But give him a pen and pencil and his pages turn into monsters. Being a horror writer and artist is Greg's job.

Six months in the making, yesterday Greg launched his first colouring in book, The Horrible Colouring In Book.

Greg was able to find a gap in the market and take his chance.

Werewolves, vampires, zombies, clowns are all contained inside the horror themed book.

"I am into horror and have always been into art so I thought it was a good idea to bring the two together in a book. They are pretty popular at the moment," Greg said.

"It sounds strange but people are really into this. I found one Facebook page with 40,000 views.

"This is a fairly unique concept; I could only find half a dozen horror themed books around the world. So hopefully I have hit a market. That's the plan.

"It's mainly for young adults but right up to senior citizens. A lot of people use it for relaxation, not sure if mine will be applicable though."

Greg never grew up reading Goosebumps but took inspiration from movies and general art. Drawing has been a hobby he has always loved.

"I remember seeing horror movies as a kid and getting freaked out, I guess it's just stuck with me. I like being creative in that area," he said.

"The drawing started before the writing, from a real young age I was dabbling and drawing comics.

"I just get an image in my head and I try it out.

"I am a bit fond of the werewolf, the clown looks good too but the werewolf is a standout."

The $9.95 book is only available online or at the CQUniversity book shop and the store's Dave Murray said it was great to support a local.

"It's good to be part of helping a local author and illustrator again, we have sold Greg's books here before," Dave said.

"And it's good to support local industries. City Printers on East St printed the books."