Remember the Contest!

I’ve received entries for the current book in The Richard Laymon Book Contest from as far as Cananda and Portugal.  This is of course a good thing, although I still haven’t seen any from the US.  Because of this, the few entries received so far and the value of this prize (over $100), I am extending the contest till Midnight on Friday, August 7th.  The winner will be picked and notified via email on Saturday, August 8th.

Click here to read about the contest and how to enter!


Just a Reminder…

Since bringing this site live late last year, I’ve had a great number of page hits with people coming on to find out more about me and my work.  Because of this, I’ve registered on two different sites as well – YouTube & Facebook in the last four months.

On the YouTube site, you can view a one minute book trailer to Night School. On the Facebook page, you can get a little more personal view into my daily life and wanderings (some fans of authors, etc, like this sort of thing, though I’m not sure exactly why).

In any event, I wanted to remind you of both of these pages, along with a reminder that you can view a list of all my published works and interviews on Published/Upcoming Works (you can also access free stories via links on this page) and then head on over to the Storefront to find out where to purchase my novel, magazines my short stories have appeared in, buy a Night School t-shirt or the Night School Knife.


Paco Ahlgren’s Discipline

As many of you are well aware, I started writing Night School in the early part of 2008.  It was then published in November of the same year.  Before that, I was a fan of the horror genre in general.  But, it wasn’t until I read Discipline by Paco Ahlgren that I really started to entertain the idea of writing a novel, myself.

Since I first read Paco’s novel at the end of 2007, he and I have become good friends and I am even more excited for him now, as his book was recentely optioned for the bigscreen.

So, if you are a fan of horrific or scifi tales, I would suggest checking out his website and then heading over to your local bookstore or online to pick up a copy.

Again, Congrats Paco.  You’re a hell of an author and friend and you deserve it!

Big Time Sale!

If you’ve been waiting for Night School to go on sale, now is your chance.  From now, until Friday, July 24th the price of the Paperback version of the book will drop to only $8.99!  That’s right, over twenty bones off the cover price!  But, remember, this is for a limited time only, so you’ll want to order soon!

Click here to be taken to my publishers site, which is the only place the special is available (it is NOT available on the retail sites).  Once you get to the site, enter my full name ‘Ty Schwamberger’ in the search box and hit enter.  Then choose the book on the right and place your order.  Simple as that.  You can also order via their customer service number, though ordering it online will be faster.


Writers Workshop of Horror

If you wanna be a successful horror writer, you need to learn from the best.  That’s what you have with Writers Workshop of Horror edited by Michael Knost.

Writers Workshop of Horror is a collection of articles on the craft of writing horror.  Each article — written by some very big names (Brian Keene, Clive Barker, Gary Braunbeck, J.F. Gonzalez, Deborah LeBlanc, Jason Sizemore and many others) — tackles a specific element of the writing craft as it relates to the horror and dark fiction genres.

You know you want it, you know you need it…so, click here to Pre-Order your copy today!

The Return (return) of the Richard Laymon Book Contest

This is the Return (return) – as in, no one entered for this prize the first time (what?!) of the Richard Laymon Book Contest.  You can view how the contest came about, by clicking here.

So, here goes…

YOU COULD WIN…  The Richard Laymon Collection, Volume 1.

Laymon Collection V1

This is a triple-book (885 pages) containing The Cellar, The Beast House and The Midnight Tour. This was published by Headline (in the U.K.) in May 2006.  This trilogy is arguably what put Laymon on the map, so to speak.

The description of each book is below.

The Cellar

Visitors flock to see the Beast House with its blood-soaked corridors and creaky doors. Armed with Instamatics and video camcorders, these poor souls enter the forbidden house, never to return. The deeper the tourists go into the house, the darker their nightmares become. The men are dealt with quickly. The women have to wait longer…first they are tortured and sexually ravished.

But the worst part of the house is actually beneath the haunted structure. There lies even a more terrifying presence waiting for its next victim. Don’t even think about going into the cellar…

The Beast House

Bodies torn and chewed. Blood blackly-encrusting open wounds. Flaps of skin hanging loose, clawed from the stripped, ripped corpses. Men, women, children, slaughtered, mangled…

The old woman who showed them round was well-practised in her grim, money-spinning take of the mysterious beast that has killed and killed again. Of course it was all in the past and all nonsense. Anyone would agree to that.

Until, trapped, they heard, then smelled and felt the white, night-time creature that had come, grunting and spittle-slicked, for their bodies, their blood.

The Midnight Tour

The sales pitch hasn’t changed much over the years – except now you can listen to it on earphones as you take the audio tour of the house.  But the taped tour only gives you a sanitized version of the horrific events that made the Beast House infamous.  If you want the full story, you’ll have to take the Midnight Tour.  Saturday nights only.  Limited to thirteen unlucky tourists.  It begins on the stroke of midnight.

Tonight the guide will show you every nook and cranny of the house.  She’ll tell you everything – including the details too ghastly and perverse to be mentioned in the daylight.  But she might not be able to save you.  Because this Saturday night, those on the Midnight Tour will be joined by an unexpected visitor.

They’ll be lucky to get out alive.

As you can imagine with Headline being a company based in the U.K. these books are extremely hard to come by.  In fact, it is almost impossible to buy in new condition, as this book is in.  The closest I have seen to new condition for this book in the past was in ‘Used – Very Good’ condition on Amazon and was priced at $86.55.  So you know in new condition it is well over $100.00!  That’s right, this prize is valued at more than $100.00 and it could be yours for…Free!

So, how do you win, you ask?  Simple.

Send me an email ( with the subject line, ‘Richard Laymon Book Contest’ and include your name, mailing address and if you have read any of my stuff before (and no, if you haven’t, it won’t disqualify you from the contest – but it does mean, you better order something of mine and soon or I’ll be forced to send an evil garden gnome after you!).

One lucky winner will be chosen at random on (entries must be received by Midnight on July 31) August 1st from all entries received.  The lucky winner will be notified via email.  Please, only one entry per person.

Good Luck!