Jeff Chapman


I write software by day and speculative fiction when I should be sleeping. My work ranges from fairy tales to fantasy to horror and ghost stories. I've been writing all my life but decided to become super serious about it and pursue publication a few years ago. My work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines. I live with my wife, children, and cats in a house with more books than bookshelf space.

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Sixpence and Rye and a Snake in a Pie: A Fractured Nursery Rhyme
Price: Free! Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Fawkes the cook has had enough of Mr. Stuart's insults. And now Stuart's son is making advances on the maid, Fawkes' daughter. How much abuse can a good cook take? When it appears that a better position is within his grasp, Fawkes plots revenge, but even the best cooks can make a mistake, and snakes don't ask questions before they bite.
Soul Thief
Price: Free! Words: 5,450. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
What happens when you abandon your family? Do they abandon you? Does a soul eater or a mythical monster come looking for you? James is about to find out. He's home alone, having once again turned down an invitation from his family to share in an evening out. He's about to come face to face with a horrifying thief of a distinctly supernatural kind.
Tales of Woe and Wonder
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 30,220. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Tales of Woe and Wonder collects nine fantasy stories from Jeff Chapman. There are new fantasy stories and fairy tales as well as classic fairy tales retold. You'll find a mix of fairy tale wonder and tragic woe.
The Crooked House of Coins
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,450. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
In a small Midwestern town at the end of a lane stands a crooked house, where deaths and secrets entwine and ghosts revisit their final moments. Two cousins, heirs to the family legacy, search for a treasure secreted in the old dwelling's walls, driven by gold lust and tantalizing clues. The Crooked House is a grudging giver, and some secrets in a haunted house are best left alone.

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  • Beyond the Veil on March 23, 2013

    Horror stories often talk of hideous beings coming from hell. In Beyond the Veil, we go to hell, literally, and ultimately encounter something worse. The story centers on Sir Richard of Aquitaine. Yes, that's Richard the Lionheart. He's spent over seven hundred years in hell when Yoshi, a man from modern-day Japan, drops into the midst of a battle. Richard drags Yoshi to safety and immediately though unintentionally insults the newcomer, calling him an Oriental. “Yoshi,” [the newcomer] said finally. “An Oriental, really? What century are you from? And how come you speak perfect Japanese?” Richard sighed. Oh well, better to get it over with as quickly as possible. “We normally let one of the more experienced and empathic women do this, but, unfortunately, we never know when—or where—a new penitent will arrive. I really hate to be the one to tell you this, but you’re dead.” “Don’t be ridiculous,” Yoshi replied, indignantly. “First you beat me to a pulp, and now this. I want to know what’s going on!” Yoshi learns that Richard leads a band of people from various ethnic groups and time periods who are struggling to break through the wall of a huge black cone from under which new land emerges. Richard is convinced that heaven, or something better than their current situation, awaits them on the other side. Richard's "people" (he can't stop being a king) are opposed by an army of zombie-like creatures who used to be people but have given up their individuality to submit to a mob mentality. They are huge, hulking creatures but not very smart individually. Somehow they know of Richard's plans to punch a hole in the cone wall and are desperate to stop him. Plenty of zombie-style hacking awaits as the two groups come to blows in battles of ever increasing numbers (on the zombie side) and ferocity. To their credit, Bondoni and Perry manage to convey the humor and ridiculousness of this horrible situation. The newcomer Yoshi acts as a foil to Richard and gives him an opportunity to explain their plight and answer questions the reader (also a stranger to this version of hell) might ask. My favorite scene comes when Yoshi sees Richard run through with a spear in one of the battles, but Richard appears none the worse for wear. Yoshi has a difficult time with the dissonance this scene creates and protests that "if somebody decides to poke me with a spear, I would most certainly feel it, and would probably have the decency to die." Richard explains with all the patience he can muster that their bodies in hell are like flesh and blood but are not. As Yoshi discovers, it takes time to wrap your head around the idea of being "dead." Beyond the Veil comments on the human condition, which after death is not all that much different than during life. There's a ferocious war between us and them; a maniacal single-minded leader convinced beyond a doubt in the truth and ultimate success of his campaign; and a celebration of what can be achieved when vastly different people come together. But, Beyond the Veil is a horror story, and it works on an inversion. What if the dumb herd is right? What if all that Richard celebrates and represents leads to a horror beyond hell?
  • Fealty (The Super Chronicles, #1) on Aug. 05, 2013

    I don't usually read stories about superheroes. I didn't like the comic books when I was young. So I can't speak to how well Setzer handles the superhero tropes. However, I enjoyed this story. The protagonist (Scott Archer, aka Fang) has retired from his superhero career to become a sports writer. Then he gets a late night call from his old friend Puman asking for help against the villain Fishface. (Love these names.) Archer refuses. It's a decision he soon comes to regret. As you might expect, Archer must return to his superhero past. Setzer's focus on the universal themes of loyalty and escaping your past make this short tale a winner for me.