Clay McLeod Chapman brings campfire storytelling to Flyleaf with The Remaking
Monday 10/14, 7 pm
For over twenty years, Clay McLeod Chapman has been bringing his Poe-inspired first-person narratives to the stage with the hyperkinetic Pumpkin Pie Show. Now, with his new novel The Remaking, Chapman will bring that same performative energy to his readings, embracing the audience as if they were sitting around a campfire and listening to a ghost story. These electric readings will elevate the words on the page as Chapman takes on the persona of his narrators, until it feels like you are there...
Inspired by a true story, this supernatural thriller for fans of horror and true crime follows a tale as it evolves every twenty years—with terrifying results.
Ella Louise has lived in the woods surrounding Pilot’s Creek, Virginia, for nearly a decade. Publicly, she and her daughter Jessica are shunned by their upper-crust family and the Pilot’s Creek residents. Privately, desperate townspeople visit her apothecary for a cure to what ails them—until Ella Louise is blamed for the death of a prominent customer. Accused of witchcraft, both mother and daughter are burned at the stake in the middle of the night. Ella Louise’s burial site is never found, but the little girl has the most famous grave in the South: a steel-reinforced coffin surrounded by a fence of interconnected white crosses.
Their story will take the shape of an urban legend as it’s told around a campfire by a man forever marked by his boyhood encounters with Jessica. Decades later, a boy at that campfire will cast Amber Pendleton as Jessica in a ’70s horror movie inspired by the Witch Girl of Pilot’s Creek. Amber’s experiences on that set and its meta-remake in the ’90s will ripple through pop culture, ruining her life and career after she becomes the target of a witch hunt. Amber’s best chance to break the cycle of horror comes when a true-crime investigator tracks her down to interview her for his popular podcast. But will this final act of storytelling redeem her—or will it bring the story full circle, ready to be told once again? And again. And again . . .
Clay McLeod Chapman is a multi-published author, comics writer, and screenwriter. Chapman is also the creator of The Pumpkin Pie Show, a storytelling session that has been running for 20 years. He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts for Drama, the Burren College of Art, and Sarah Lawrence. He teaches at The Actor's Studio at Pace University and lives in Brooklyn with his family. You can find him at claymcleodchapman.com.