The New Beginning (Take Two)

I’ve always been a huge fan of horror. I was born in 1977, so I grew up during the 80s horror boom. I wrote my first short horror story in 6th grade. Fast forward to 2007 – that’s when I picked up by first book by Richard Laymon. I was hooked! That’s when I said to myself, “Hey, I can write some twisted stuff too!” In early 2008 I started writing my own material – three months later I had pounded out 100k words. It was subsequently published in late 2008. It wasn’t written very well, but that’s what began my journey in the horror genre. Through the years I was fortunate enough to have a bunch of short stories published, a novel, several novellas, editor in several anthologies, audio books, and even had two of my stories adapted into film (House Call & Cake Batter). I also ran two imprints over the years. I made a ton of contacts, and even more importantly, friends in the horror community. But then in late 2013 something happened. I had just spent nearly 12 months pitching an anthology to one of the Big 5 publishing houses. I obviously can’t tell you ‘who’ would have been part of it, but sometimes pitching a project to one of the ‘King’ publishers, can be the pits. After so much promise and work it was finally shot down by one of the publishers at the company. I was devastated to say the least. I thought to myself, if I can’t get ‘this’ project picked up by one of the Big 5, then what the hell am I wasting my time doing all this writing, marketing, etc, etc, etc for. 

In 2014, SST Publications put out my homage to Richard Laymon’s A Writer’s Tale (I’m fortunate enough to own a copy. I’ve always called it ‘my writing Bible’.). I entitled my first non-fiction work, The Death of a Horror Writer. I even had Richard’s wife, Ann, write the Introduction. It just made sense. I wasn’t trying to copy Laymon’s book, but instead, told my account of what it was like coming up in the horror genre. I wasn’t being winey or a bitch by ‘retiring’ from writing because of this or that happening or not happening, but instead my psyche just couldn’t take it any longer. I was worn out and needed a break. On a single page at the end of that book I wrote, ‘The End is the New Beginning’. I didn’t know at the time what I meant by that, but knew it had to be in the finished book.

Fast forward to one month ago. After 6 years of not writing (or even reading!) I picked up a Laymon book. I read for about an hour or so that first night. The next morning when I awoke, I knew something had changed. I said to my wife, “I think I’m ready to get back into writing again.” I was jittery, full of nervous energy for the craft I had given up so many years before.

So, why do I want to get back into the fray now? Well, unfortunately, there’s no deep answer I can give you. Sometimes you just know when it’s time. 

Time to get going again.

To get back out there and wreak some havoc.

Time for…

The New Beginning.

The Killing Club




Introduction by John Everson & Foreword by Paul Kane


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 pick up the Trade Paperback via Amazon.






Billy Fletcher learned to farm the family’s tobacco fields—and beat slaves—by the hands of his father. Now, his father is dead, the slaves have long since been freed, and the once-lush fields are dying. Salvation by the name of Abraham knocks on the farmhouse door, bringing wild ideas. He can help Billy save the plantation and return the fields to their former glory . . . by raising his father’s slaves from the dead.

Can the resurrected slaves breathe life back into the Fletcher farm? Having brought the slaves back from graves that his father sent them to, can Billy be the kind master his father wasn’t? Is keeping the farm worth denying the men the freedom they earned with death?

Billy’s conscience holds the key to those mysteries, but not the biggest one: what does Abraham really want from the former slave owner’s son?

Welcome to The Fields.

Foreword by Joe McKinney

Introduction by Jonathan Maberry

Afterword by Ty Schwamberger

Here are the details of our limited hardcover edition (also available in Trade Hardcover):

Signed by Ty Schwamberger, Ben Baldwin & Tara Bush
Limited to only 100 copies worldwide
Each copy is numbered by hand
Four-colour laminated dust jacket
Exclusive book board cover design
Printed on acid-free paper

Original edition cover art as the title page artwork by Thomas A. Erb
Interior illustrations exclusively for the Signed Limited Edition by Tara Bush
Features exclusive Dust Jacket artwork


“[The Fields] . . . is part horror story in the classic sense—misdeeds from the past coming back to haunt the present. It’s part zombie story. It’s part adventure. And it’s part social satire in its darkest sense . . . The story starts with a bite and before you know it, you’ll be participating in a delicious and imaginative feast. Bon appétit!”
—From the Introduction by Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Patient Zero, Zombie CSU, Rot & Ruin and Dead of Night

The Fields is a merciless, pitchfork-to-the-face, homespun zombie adventure. Schwamberger offers up a shotgun blast of graphic undead action in this unique take on the genre.”
Shroud Magazine

“Ty Schwamberger knocks it out of the park with his novella, The Fields. No sooner do you begin to read, than you realize that the story is much bigger than the words on the page. The setting is timeless, and the horror depicted much more than ghoul and gore. The Fields is a story you don’t want to miss, and Ty Schwamberger is an author to watch, for he just may be headed for the major leagues.”
—Deborah LeBlanc, author of The Wolven

“If Nathaniel Hawthorne had known anything about zombies, this is the kind of story he’d have written. I’m not joking. This is some genuine old school horror. With The Fields, Ty Schwamberger has given us a crime so horrendous it’s impossible to look away. The sins of the father. A deal with the devil. It’s all here. And Schwamberger makes it look so frustratingly easy. This is one hell of a good story.”
—Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award winner, author of Dead City and Apocalypse of the Dead

“With The Fields, Ty Schwamberger did the near-impossible: made zombies interesting to me again. Not only interesting, but frightening, as well. Throw in more than a dash of scathing social commentary, a pace that never stops to catch its breath, and a sly bit of gallows humor, and you’ve got a winner. Kick yourself if you miss this one.”
—Gary A. Braunbeck, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Award winner, author of To Each Their Darkness and A Cracked and Broken Path

“Ty Schwamberger’s The Fields is an original zombie tale that will satisfy lovers of grisly fiction and well told stories. Good characters, cool twists and great writing make this a story that grabs one by the scalp early on. Anything with a Southern vein and the specters that can invoke gets my slash of approval.”
—Steven L. Shrewsbury, author of Thrall, Bad Magick and Hawg

“An intelligent zombie morality tale, unlike anything you’ve ever read before.”
Morpheus Tales Magazine

“The walking dead, a post-Civil War setting, and a sinister Lincoln-esque figure add up to a fresh new take on the zombie mythos.”
—Tim Waggoner, author of Nekropolis, Broken Shadows and Darkness Wakes

“Creepy and atmospheric, The Fields is a tale that will keep you reading till the wee hours of the night.”
—Ronald Malfi, author of Floating Staircase

“I’m not a big fan of zombie stories, but Ty Schwamberger’s The Fields isn’t your typical zombie story. It’s Ambrose Bierce meets Brian Keene; a brutal yet thought-provoking tale about resurrecting past horrors, and fulfilling one nightmare of a destiny. Visceral, fast-paced and original. Just when you thought there couldn’t be a new twist on the zombie story, Ty Schwamberger proves you wrong with The Fields. Dead wrong.”
—Dean Harrison, author of These Unquiet Bones

The Fields is indeed a strange tale. One professional reviewer called it merciless. Another said it was dark. It is both these things . . . and more. A finely worked, barbed tale of morality and zombies. Something you almost don’t want to read, but as with all truly horrific things, you just can’t look away. Old school horror brought bang up to date and given a shot in the arm!”
—Sean T. Page, author of The Official Zombie Handbook, War against the Walking Dead and Haynes Zombie Survival Manual


You can order directly from the publisher SST Publications or via Amazon.

Deep Dark Woods

(English Edition)




Jake Jennings thought a camping trip would be a great way to reconnect with his family. But when he mysteriously disappears after heading off in search of firewood, his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Alexis, are left all alone in the woods, searching, hoping, and for the time being, surviving.

Four college friends are on their way to spend a weekend in the woods for a college research project and, of course, a little partying. But as they near their destination, they are run off the road by another car. After losing one of their numbers in the crash, the friends must find a way back to the sanctuary of their school.

Park Ranger Carl Stevens has been on the job for eight long years, through good times and bad. Just when he thinks it couldn’t get any worse, his tedious life is turned upside down when he almost hits a girl, running from the woods and into the middle of the road. But that’s the least of his worries, especially once he hears what she’s been running from.

Can an everyday Park Ranger save the girl, find the missing family, and stay alive long enough to celebrate?

Because not everyone survives what’s lurking inside the deep dark woods…

You can pick up the 285 page Trade Paperback or the Kindle edition on Amazon.







The New Beginning

My first novel was published in 2008. Like most beginning writers, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, so I let the first publisher that came along release it. It was a disaster from front to back cover. But I learned from my mistakes and forged ahead.

From 2009 until the end of 2014 I think I had a pretty good run. Several books, short stories, films, audio books, articles, etc, came out with my name on it. I considered myself pretty fortunate that so many people were buying the books and reading the words that seemed to just pour out of my mind during that time. It was really one helluva ride. I made some great contacts in the industry and a lot of those people eventually became genuine friends of mine. But, something, especially during 2014, just didn’t feel the same as it once did. The industry, specifically, the horror genre, was changing. It was just a feeling I had in my gut. My time had come.

In December 2014 I called it quits by writing The Death of a Horror Writer. It was more or less me backing away from the writing side of the industry. During the ensuing years from 2015 – 2017, I had a major proposal turned down by one of the Big 5 after twelve solid months of pitching an anthology to them (this is what made me completely, writing and otherwise, step away from the business), two books came and went out of print (Escaping Lucidity and the 5-year anniversary edition of Last Night Out. DININ’ also went out of print during this time), two anthologies were lost in the wind and were never released, one anthology I had to turn over the editorial duties back to the publisher after compiling the entire author lineup and three books were re-released (The Fields, Deep Dark Woods and The Killing Club), which I regrettably ignored. This wasn’t fair to my work, but more importantly, to their respective publishers. If you have already read Horror Writer, then you understand the reasons for all this. If not, well, maybe you should go and pick up the book now. Regardless, during 2015 – 2017 I always had the publisher end my books with a mostly blank page which simply stated, “The End is the New Beginning.” Honestly, I didn’t totally know what I meant by that, only that it needed to be inserted at the end of each of the books released after Horror Writer.

Then, about a month ago, something hit me like a ton of bricks. While the urge to write new material still isn’t there, at lest not yet, I felt like I needed to get back into the game.

The New Beginning.

That’s when the wheels started turning. The first thing I did was send a single email to a highly respected publisher in the genre who I always wanted to work with. I inquired if they would be interested in re-releasing an out-of-print novella.

They said, yes.

While I can’t yet tell you who the publisher is you’ll definitely know the name when I get the green light to announce it.

Until then, it’s time to make up for lost time by getting the word out regarding The Fields, Deep Dark Woods and The Killing Club.

Watch this space over the coming week or so for information on each book.

The New Beginning.

Yes. Yes, it is.



The Fields — Available for Pre-Order



We’re very excited to announce that the Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of Ty Schwamberger’s award-winning novella THE FIELDS is now available for pre-order!

The book features a Foreword by Bram Stoker Award winner Joe McKinney, an Introduction by New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, and gorgeous wraparound cover artwork by Ben Baldwin.

Here are the details of our limited hardcover edition:

Signed by Ty Schwamberger, Ben Baldwin & Tara Bush
Limited to only 100 copies worldwide
Each copy is numbered by hand
Four-colour laminated dust jacket
Exclusive book board cover design
Printed on acid-free paper


Original edition cover art as the title page artwork by Thomas A. Erb
Interior illustrations exclusively for the Signed Limited Edition by Tara Bush
Features exclusive Dust Jacket artwork

Read more and pre-order your copy today at:

Last Night Out — Now Available!

Last Night Out Cover copy
Cover by Thom Erb

The Special 5 Year Anniversary Edition of Last Night Out is now available for purchase in Trade Paperback and eBook. This edition includes an Introduction by Gene O’Neill and Afterword by yours truly, telling the origins of the book, and how this special edition came to be.


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. The three friends did the same as always – they went to a bar. Only this time they decided to try someplace new: The Torchlight Inn. They are eager to make it a night to remember.

During their time at the shabby bar they come face to face with seedy bar patrons, a biker gang and one strange-acting bartender named T-Bone. But all is well until Alan and Erin mysteriously disappear and Gabe has to try and find his friends before being forced to pay their bar tab.

Little do any of them know the secret the place holds beneath its cracked floorboards…

Where a whole new kind of terror is waiting for them.

You can order your own copy in Trade Paperback and/or Kindle on Amazon.



Escaping Lucidity (audio book)

Escaping Lucidity_audio book_cover

The audio book edition of my short story collection Escaping Lucidity is now available to download (mp3) on Amazon & It was narrated and produced by Randy Capes with Cup O’ Tea Productions. You can also listen to a free sample via the links.

Escaping Lucidity_cover

You can still purchase the Trade Paperback or Kindle on Amazon.