A faded TV queen takes delicious, devastating revenge on the man who ruined her career. A couple, breaking up, burn their conjugal bed on a beach in the northwest of Ireland. A woman in San Francisco, coming to terms with the suicide of her lover, discovers that she's carrying his child. A man who may be the reincarnation of a murderer, watches the ghost of the victim in the house across the street - as she draws him towards a stunning confrontation. Already acclaimed on individual publication, the stories in "The Wow Signal" are beautifully written vignettes that have a filmic quality. One story has, in fact, been filmed, starring Gina McKee and Aidan Gillen. Another has won a Cinescape award in the United States. In "The Wow Signal", you'll find terror and wonder, love and regret, and a vision of the world that ranges from haunting tragedy to the darkest comedy.
Patrick Chapman was born in Ireland in 1968. He is an internationally acclaimed poet and an award-winning writer of fiction and film. 'Burning The Bed,' the story that opens The Wow Signal was made into a short film starring Gina McKee and Aidan Gillen, for which Chapman wrote the screenplay. It won major awards on the festival circuit in the US and was the first Irish short in 20 years to receive a cinema release in the UK. Another story here, 'A Ghost', won first prize in the Cinescape Genre Literary Awards in Los Angeles. Yet another, 'Happy Hour,' was a finalist in the prestigious Hennessy Literary Awards. This January saw the release of Chapman's Doctor Who audio play, Fear of the Daleks, (Big Finish) which stars Wendy Padbury as Zoe and Nick Briggs as the voice of the Daleks, reprising their roles from the TV show.Chapman's poetry collections are Jazztown (Raven Arts Press, 1991), The New Pornography (Salmon, 1996) and Breaking Hearts And Traffic Lights (Salmon, 2007). The Wow Signal collects his short stories in one volume for the first time.