Escaping Lucidity — Trade Paperback

Escaping Lucidity_cover

My short story collection, Escaping Lucidity, is now available in Trade Paperback from Ravenswood Publishing. Various eBook editions are now on Pre-Order, but won’t become available until August 1st. John R. Little was gracious enough to write a special Introduction for the collection.


Escaping Lucidity is the complete short works of Ty Schwamberger. Within this tome you’ll be taken on a terror-filled ride through dark woods, the desert, a graveyard and dark streets, where monsters and strange creatures run amok. The other half of this collection is filled with characters driven to the brink of insanity, coping with the loss of loved ones, spousal abuse and fighting crime on the mean city streets. You’ll also find “Author Notes” after each story written by Schwamberger himself giving insight on why he wrote each particular story, interesting facts about characters, the story’s setting and where the work first appeared.

Are you ready for a mind-bending ride?

If not, don’t say you weren’t warned… ‘cause bad things tend to happen when you’re trying to escape lucidity.

Good Luck!

“This is a stellar collection of work — each story is its own character, with its own voice, its own points to make, and its own share of distinctive scares and poignancy.  You never feel like you’ve read this story before, earlier in the collection.  Just strap yourself in and let Ty Schwamberger show you what the next generation of dark-fiction writers have in store for the rest of us … and try to not look over your shoulder afterward.”  ~ Gary A. Braunbeck, 7-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award and author of IN SILENT GRAVES and TO EACH THEIR DARKNESS

Table of Contents

Introduction by John R. Little

Liquid Courage
Urban Monsoon
The Ringmaster
Rebirth: The Rise of Pharaoh Masika
Web Blog
Spare Rib Soup
Cake Batter
Future Hall-of-Famer
The 7th House
The Halloween Hero
The Legend of Johnston’s Creek
In The Woods
Jacob’s Mind
One Brew Too Many?
City of Woe (co-written with Penny Mason)
A Son’s Destiny
Hung With Care
Bartender, Please
All in the Line of Duty (novelette)
“Suck On This, Bitch!” (novelette)

Author Notes by Ty Schwamberger

You can order your own copy via the following links:

Available in Trade Paperback:

Amazon (US)

Amazon (UK)

Barnes & Noble

Available in eBook (Pre-Order now, Available on 8/1/15):

Amazon (Kindle – US)

Amazon (Kindle – UK)

Barnes & Noble (Nook)


Updates & Upcoming

Below is a rundown of what’s taken place as of late and what to look out for during the remainder of 2015 and into 2016.


  • My atypical werewolf novella Grave Intentions went out of print a few months ago.
  • Three books went out of print in May: The Killing Club, Last Night Out and Deep Dark Woods.
  • The audio book edition of DININ’ should be released mid to late June.
  • June/July will see the release of my short story collection, Escaping Lucidity. This will be released in Trade Paperback and eBook editions by Ravenswood Publishing and contain a special introduction by John R. Little.
  • Later this year will see the re-release of my critically acclaimed atypical zombie novella, The Fields. It will still contain the Introduction by Jonathan Maberry that was in the original edition by Apex Publications in 2011. The new edition will be released in Trade Hardcover, then soon after in Trade Paperback and eBook editions by SST Publications and contain a new Foreword by Joe McKinney and an Afterword by me telling the history behind the book. This new edition will also have a new wraparound cover and new interior illustrations. This one is going to be a beauty!
  • Late this year will see the release of the audio book edition of Escaping Lucidity by Cup O’ Tea Productions.
  • (Last week I also received word from a publisher who will be picking up and re-releasing The Killing Club, however I can’t tell you more, as I have yet to receive, sign and return the contract.)


  • A Special 5 Year Anniversary Edition of Last Night Out will be released in Trade Paperback and eBook editions by Ravenswood Publishing and contain a new Introduction by Gene O’Neill. Release Date, TBA.
  • Grave Intentions will be re-released in Trade Paperback and eBook editions by Ravenswood Publishing and contain new Forewords by Ray Garton & James A. Moore. Release Date, TBA.
  • An anthology titled, Cadence in Decay, will be released in Trade Paperback and eBook editions by Ravenswood Publishing. I will be the Editor on this project. Be on the lookout soon for the cover art, as well as the list of contributors. I guarantee you’re going to love this one. Release Date, TBA.
  • (I’m also working on one or two other potential projects for 2016, possibly 2017. More on those when/if things develop as I believe they should.)

That’s all the news I have for now. The remainder of 2015 and 2016 should bring some exciting re-releases and new books.

And remember…

The End is the New Beginning.

The Killing Club — Going Out-of-Print

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The Killing Club, for whatever reason, is my most overlooked work. This 25k word novella was published exclusively in digital format in June 2013 by Crossroads Press. It will now be going Out-of-Print on Sunday, May 17th. So, you only have a few days if you would like to download this novella to your Kindle or Nook.


Kristen always wanted to be part of the “in crowd.” Her social worries intensified after transferring from a small, public school to private, upscale Smithshire Academy in the middle of her high school career. She wanted so badly to be part of the social network in her new school, she didn’t think twice when one of the existing members of the popular girl’s group, The K-Club, invited her over one night for a sleepover. Where all the girls whose names started with the letter “K” are going to be. Kristen’s self-doubt allows her to be pulled into the group on one condition…

She must first go through the initiation process that the other girls have set forth before her.

What ensues is a group of popular high school girls practicing in the occult, Kristen going over to a stranger’s house to “scare” them and sacrifices to secure Kristen’s spot in high school legend.

Will all Kristen’s work be enough to appease the girls of The Killing Club and the great God of high school popularity to let her into the group?

The extent of blood that Kristen wishes to get on her hands will hold the answer.

You can still watch the original book trailer on YouTube.

Available in eBook:

Amazon (Kindle)

Barnes & Noble (Nook)


Horror Writer


There are still a few copies left of my signed, limited (to 125) edition non-fiction (containing my last original fiction novella, “House Call”) book, The Death of a Horror Writer.

You can order via two methods:

SST Publications (my publisher) or you can contact me at ty_schwamberger AT yahoo DOT com and I will reply with payment instructions.

Cleveland ConCoction 2015

Clev Con

I’m pleased to announce I’ll be a guest at Cleveland ConCoction 2015 at the Sheraton at Cleveland Airport. Cleveland ConCoction is Sci-Fi, Gaming and Fantasy based, but it’s been three years since the last time I attended a convention, so I thought it would be fun to get back out there. Below is my schedule for the weekend (you can check out the entire programming schedule here):


Author Showcase (Session 1)
When: Fri, March 13, 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Where: Pegasus (map)
Description: Listen to your favorite authors read excerpts from newly released and soon to be released novels. Find your next great read. Ask questions, and discover the world behind the books. Panelists: S. Andrew Swann (M), Megan Engelhardt,        Ty Schwamberger, Mary Turzillo
Type: Panel, Ages: All

Autographing (Session 1) – Author Alley
When: Fri, March 13, 7:00pm – 7:45pm
Where: Lyra (map)
Description: Meet and talk with your favorite authors and rising stars. Purchase books and have them signed. The only thing more intimate is our Sunday morning Author Breakfast. Authors: Megan Engelhardt, Brian Hagan, Ty Schwamberger, Addie J. King
Type: Book Signing, Ages: All

Darkness & Light
When: Fri, March 13, 8:00pm – 8:45pm
Where: Orion / Main Programing (map)
Description: Fiction needs more than relentless grim-dark, and more than sparkly unicorn rainbows, in order to work well. Panelists: S. Andrew Swann (M), Ty Schwamberger, Brian Hagan, Marcus V. Calvert, Sarah Hans
Type: Panel, Ages: All

Horror Q & A: Check Yourself at the Door
When: Fri, March 13, 11:00pm – 11:45pm
Where: Gemini (map)
Description: Q & A about horror and why the macabre is so appealing. Panelists: Ty Schwamberger (M)
Type: Q & A, ages: All


Common Problems Encountered by New Authors
When: Sat, March 14, 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Where: Pegasus (map)
Description: Discuss common problems published authors encountered as new authors and get advice on how to avoid these hurdles in the modern publishing age. Panelists: Sandra Gurvis (M), Tobias Buckell, Ty Schwamberger, Pete P.J. Grondin
Type: Panel, Ages: All

Building Toward the Ultimate Literary Climax
When: Sat, March 14, 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Where: Orion / Main Programing (map)
Description: Lessons on writing to build anticipation and heighten any story’s climax. Panelists: Sandra Gurvis (M), S. Andrew Swann, Ty Schwamberger, Adrian J. Matthews, Christine Benedict
Type: Panel, Ages: All


For the book signing on Friday, I’ll have copies of Deep Dark Woods, Last Night Out, DININ’, Fell Beasts and The Death of a Horror Writer available for purchase. You are, of course, more than welcome to bring your own copies for me to sign (but then you have to buy me a beer at the bar).

Hope to see you there!