Twisted Tales – Now Available!

Twisted Tales from the Torchlight Inn (a 3-novella collection by Thomas A. Erb, Dean Harrison & Myself), which contains my novella, ‘Last Night Out’, is now available for purchase through an affiliate bookstore of Wicked East Press.  Below is a synopsis for each novella, followed by ordering information.

‘Last Night Out’ by Ty Schwamberger

Gabe, Alan and Erin thought one last night out on the town before their junior year of college came to an end would be fitting.  They were the best of friends and not seeing each other for an entire Summer vacation was not something they were looking forward to.  So they did what they always did on a Friday night – they went to a bar.  Only this time they decided to try someplace new – The Torchlight Inn.

Even though there is some internal strife within the group of friends by the time they make it to the bar they are eager to try and make the night one to remember.  But it’s during their time in the shabby bar that they come face to face with some seedy bar patrons, a biker gang and one strange acting bartender named, T-Bone, that make their time together all that much more interesting.  But all is still well until Alan and Erin mysteriously disappear and Gabe has to try and find his friends before paying his bar tab and walking out of the joint.

Little do any of them know the secret that the place holds…

Beneath its cracked floorboards there is a whole new kind of terror waiting for them…

In the dark recesses under The Torchlight Inn.

‘Tones of Home’ by Thomas A. Erb

Ashley and Maurice are in love.  The two of them are headed to her hometown for the holidays to share the good news with her family.  Those two things would drive any young man to drink but add the fact that he’s from the south and an African-American and they are headed to rural upstate town of Arcadia Falls, NY, where the reputation of toothless and inbred rednecks even scares the streetwise kid from North Carolina.  Nevertheless, they are truly in love and Maurice is sure he’s encountered more dangerous things on the gang-filled streets of Durham.

He is wrong…

After a few practical jokes go wrong, Maurice is introduced to the Vanslycke family and welcomed with a lot of drinking and backslapping.  An overzealous brother and a promiscuous bartender are the least of his concerns.  Little do they know that four strangers are about to enter The Torchlight Inn and will forever change their lives.

Blood flows as these Faux, Fab Four impersonators search for the “One”.  They have a list, one of the bar’s occupants is on it, and they aren’t leaving until they have found them.  No one is safe.

A heavy winter storm rages outside the small tavern, while rage and gun fire rage inside.  Can the young lovers escape?  Who is the “One”?  And what do the Frightful Four want?

‘Off Limits’ by Dean Harrison

For spring break, Ellen Campbell is not going to party at the beach—she’s taking her new boyfriend, Shawn Farris, home to Miller Falls to meet her parents for the first time. She is very excited about it, but also nervous as to how her father, a famous crime writer, will take to Shawn, her very first boyfriend. Nevertheless, she is confident things will go great. After all, Shawn’s a great guy—she wouldn’t have fallen for him otherwise. But when the happy couple arrives to the house, they find an unexpected guest—Ellen’s brother, the black sheep of the family.

He has returned home after a long hiatus, and Ellen is terrified to find out why. This family reunion may not go as well as she thought, especially after Ellen’s brother, seeking forgiveness, invites them to come along with him for a beer at a bar called The Torchlight Inn. 

You can order a copy of the Trade Paperback here.

This novella collection will be also be available at all major online retailers sometime next week.

Enjoy…and beware!


Release Updates

Both the anthology, Fell Beasts, that I’m Editor on and Twisted Tales from the Torchlight Inn, which is the 3-novella collection that contains my story, ‘Last Night Out’, along with novellas by Dean Harrison and Thomas A. Erb, were both sent to the printer yesterday.  So, within the next 7 days I’ll be announcing where you can pick up a copy of each.

Stay tuned.

Ty-ing Up the Genre with Joe R. Lansdale

This month, ‘Ty-ing Up the Genre’ on Hellnotes dot com, brought in Adam P. Lewis to interview the legendary, Joe R. Lansdale.  You can read the interview here.


Kindle Editions

The following anthologies I’m Editor on and a few that contain my short-short stories are now available via Kindle.  You can click on each title to view and/or purchase the Ebook.

Fem Fangs, Edited by Ty Schwamberger

Dark Things II, Edited by Ty Schwamberger

Daily Flash 2011: 365 Days of Flash Fiction, which contains my short story, ‘Future Fall-of-Famer’.

Daily Flashes of Erotica 2011, which contains my short story, ‘Hunger’.

Why I Do What I Do

I’ve gotten a few emails about this, so I figured it was time to post something about my writing, editing anthologies, and my role as Acquisitions Editor of Ambrotos Press.

As I touched on in my article for Morpheus Tales #11, it’s all about diversifying yourself.  This also goes into why I don’t ever see myself having an agent.  Reason being; I really do enjoy all aspects of the publishing world – from writing a story, editing them, or working with a publisher on the business side of things.  I find the process of each thing fascinating, and I think if you follow me on here or on Facebook, you’ll see how passionate I am about it all.  I enjoy crafting a story just as much as working with another author to get their short story, novella or novel into print.  I dig working with cover artists on my own stuff and that of others.  Pretty much the whole thing.  I can’t speak for the other genres, but folks in the horror realm are some of the nicest and most down to earth people I have ever met.  I love this world, even though it does make my blood pressure rise sometimes, and it’s always been my dream to do it fulltime (though some ask how I work two jobs and find time to write…to which I reply…Red Bull) one day – which I have no doubt will happen. 

The point of all this is; yes, I am still writing (which can be seen by the number of books I have coming out over the next two years), being the Editor for anthologies AND running Ambrotos Press.

Welcome to my world.  This is only the beginning.

How To Contact Me

Please note, contact information has been broken into two sections – fan contact and business contact.


Comment:  This is the best place to contact Ty (under a blog entry on the main page).  He responds to questions and comments every day (so check back within 24 hours for his reply).

Email:  If you would like to ask Ty a specific question and need a more personal reply, feel free to contact him, at:

Mail:   If you are old-fashioned and want to write Ty a letter or send a book or magazine for him to sign, please query first, at:


Cover Blubs and Book Reviews:  If you would like Ty to review and provide a blub for an upcoming book’s cover or write a book review for a site/magazine, please query Ty, at: and he will provide you with an address where the material(s) can be sent.

Booking:  If you would like to have Ty Schwamberger as a guest at your convention, have him do a signing or in-store appearance, or hire him for a speaking engagement, please email inquiries, to:  Please note that in some circumstances where Ty has to travel a great distance there might be special arrangements that need to be met, first.

Writing and Publishing:  If you are interested in hiring Ty Schwamberger to write a novel, novella, short story, edit a book, corroborate on a project, etc., please send inquiries to 

Note:  Please place an appropriate subject line to the email with what your inquiry pertains to.

Guidance from the Dark Scribe – January 2011

You can read the article, ‘The Other Side(s) of Writing’, in Issue #11 by clicking here.  The article starts on Page 4.

This may be just the kick in the ass that you need to get off your duff in 2011 and start writing like a loon that’s just broke outta the bin.