Writing Class in June Confirmed

I received confirmation from the University of Akron that the ‘So You Want to Be a Horror Writer? – How to Write Scary Stuff and Get it Published!’ – the class I will be teaching – will be offered as scheduled.  The class will run each Tuesday evening during June 8 – July 6 from 6 – 8 pm.  

If you live in the Akron, Ohio area and received their course catalogs in the past, they are being mailed out for the summer semester the week of April 12th.  If you don’t live in the area but still wish to sign up and travel to the class, you can view the course description and enroll here (their website isn’t updated yet since the spring semester is still going on but should be in the next month).


2nd Annual Richard Laymon Book Contest

As many of you know, the massive and incredibly awesome work of Richard Laymon is what inspired me to start writing.  Because of this, last year I started what has now become an annual event – The Richard Laymon Book Contest.  You can read about the origins of the contest here.  Now it’s back with a second go-around.  With many thanks to Ann Laymon, who graciously donated what you’ll see up for grabs, I bring you the first book that you can enter to win.

The Woods Are Dark

Publisher: Cemetery Dance

Pub Date: August 2008

The Woods Are Dark (The Original, Uncut Version)
by Richard Laymon

Featuring a special introduction by Kelly Laymon explaining the history of the manuscript, how this version came to exist, and why this edition is more than just 50 pages of deleted scenes added back in, but instead a totally different novel you’ve never read before!

About the Novel:
Neala and her friend Sherri only wanted to do a little backpacking through the woods. Little did they know they would soon be shackled to a dead tree, waiting for Them to arrive. The Dills family thought the small motor lodge in the quiet town of Barlow seemed quaint and harmless enough. Until they, too, found themselves shackled to trees in the middle of the night, while They approached, hungry for human flesh….

When this classic novel was first published in 1981, it was heavily cut, with nearly fifty pages removed. What remained was rewritten by both Laymon and a Warner Books line editor. Now, for the first time ever, the missing text has been completely restored—along with Laymon’s original words and vision—and the novel can finally be read the way it was intended.

This Trade Hardcover edition was originally priced at $40.00 back in 2008, but now is your chance to get it for free.

How to enter:

Send me an email (ty_schwamberger@yahoo.com) with the subject line, ‘Richard Laymon Book Contest’ and include your name and mailing address (required – entries that do not contain a mailing address will be deleted).

Your entry must be received by Midnight on April 16th.  The lucky winner will be notified via email by April 18th.  Please, only one entry per person.

Good Luck!

Write What You Want To Write

I should have some news for you in the coming days but until then here’s an article written by Will Calif which was originally posted on horrorwriters dot net.  Calif begins the article talking about Stephen King and then goes into why ‘you’ should always write what you want to write.  It seemed to work out ok for King, right?  You can read the short article here.

Where’s the Posts?

You might be wondering where all the new posts are at.  Two reasons.  One, news has been slow over the last week.  And two, I’m currently writing a novella for a specific publisher and am putting all my creative effort into getting that finished asap.  Even though I can’t tell you which publisher it is, yet, I actually just finished writing the first half of the story and sent it off to ‘them’ for review.   I’ll of course keep you informed.

Oh, I did mention that the 2nd Annual Richard Laymon Book Contest is coming…  Well, I just received confirmation that the books are on the way to me from California and should be here within the week.  So make sure you check back later this week if you’re waiting for that to begin.

Until next time…

Short Story Collection Picked Up

My short story collection, For After Midnight (tentative title), has been picked up by Dark Quest Books.  The collection will be about 250 pages and contain the following stories.

In The Woods


The 7th House

Rebirth: The Rise of Pharaoh Masika

Web Blog

Cake Batter

The Ringmaster


The Halloween Hero

The Legend of Johnston’s Creek

Jacob’s Mind

One Brew Too Many?

All in the Line of Duty (bonus novelette)

I suspect the book’s release will be during the 3rd/4th quarter of this year.  As additional information becomes available, I’ll be sure to let you know.

Adding Fuel to the Fire

I mentioned back in my first column on Hellnotes that the following authors and publishers would be doing special guest appearances over the course of the next year or so.  Among these names were; Maurice Broaddus (will be featured in the April column), Tim Deal, Jason Sizemore, Scott Sandridge, Jack Ketchum, Michael Knost, among many others.

It’s now time to tell you who some of these ‘many others’ will be (in no particular order): Tim Lebbon, Mike Oliveri, Wrath James White and Jeff Strand.  You can find their respective websites under the Links section to your right.

Pretty good, eh?!  I think so.

Until next time…