3rd Annual Richard Laymon Contest – Book II

Details on the next book that’s up for grabs is below.

Friday Night in Beast House

Headline Book Publishing (October 4, 2007)

Paperback (160 pages)

Friday Night in Beast House

Michael would do anything to get a date with Alison – anything. Alison has just one condition for guys that want to date her – they have to spend a night with her in the legendary Beast House. To Michael a night alone with Alison is a chance of a lifetime but if the stories about the Beast House are true it may also be a chance to die. As he waits for Alison, in the cellar of the macabre museum, Michael tries to keep his first date nerves in check. But what he’s feeling now is nothing compared to the terror he`ll face before the night is out.

How to enter:

Leave a Comment under THIS Post.  Your entry must be received by Midnight on Saturday, July16th.  One lucky person will then be chosen at random from all entries and the winner’s name posted by July 18th.  Please, only one entry per person.

Good Luck!


2nd Annual Laymon Book Contest – Part II

As many of you know, the massive and incredibly awesome work of the late great 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.  In fact, this is the second time this year I’ll be giving away a book.  You can read about the origins of the contest here.  As always, many thanks to Ann Laymon, who graciously donated what you’ll see up for grabs.

So without further ado…I bring you the next book that you can enter to win.

The Traveling Vampire Show

Publisher: Cemetery Dance

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 252

Pub Date: August 2000

Condition: Brand new/Never been read


About the Novel:

Though gloomy with clouds, it is a hot, August morning in the summer of 1963. All over the rural town of Grandville, tacked to power poles and trees, taped to store windows, blowing along the sidewalks, fliers have appeared announcing the mysterious one-night-only performance of The Traveling Vampire Show.

The show will feature Valeria, the only known vampire in captivity. According to the fliers, she is a gorgeous, stunning beauty. In the course of the performance, she will stalk volunteers from the audience, sink her teeth into their necks and drink their blood!

For three local teenagers who see the fliers, this is a show they don’t want to miss.

But they may have to.

Though they can probably scrape up the price of admission, other obstacles stand in the way. One problem, nobody under 18 years of age is allowed into the show. Dwight, Rusty, and Slim are only 16. Another problem, the show begins at midnight and the three teens always have to be home by then. If that weren’t bad enough, the show is to take place at Janks Field — a desolate patch of ground with a nasty history — that has been declared off limits by their parents.

The situation appears hopeless.

Though Dwight and his friends fear they won’t be able to attend the actual performance of the Traveling Vampire Show, they do have the entire day to themselves. Why not hike out to Janks Field and take a look around? With any luck, they might be able to watch the crew make preparations for tonight’s performance. If they’re really lucky, maybe they’ll get a peek at Valeria, the gorgeous vampire.

And so the three friends set off on foot for Janks Field…

Dwight is a solid, honest kid, long on common sense and loyalty to his friends. He always tries to do what’s right.

Rusty is a husky guy who relishes trouble.

Slim, their long-time pal, is the brains of the outfit, a voracious reader of novels, an aspiring writer, and a girl. Also, she is sometimes too brave for her own good.

The Traveling Vampire Show is the tale, told in Dwight’s own words, of what happened to him, Rusty and Slim on that hot summer day they hiked to Janks Field. It’s the story of their friendship and love, their temptations, their betrayals, and their courage as they went where they shouldn’t go, did what they shouldn’t do… and ran into big trouble.


This is the Unsigned Second Edition Hardcover featuring the same production values as the Limited Edition but without a signature sheet.  It was originally priced at $40.00 but now you have the opportunity to get it for FREE.


How to enter:

In the past I had everyone enter via email.  Not so this time around.  This time I’m making it easier.  All you have to do is post a comment, any comment, under this contest post and you’ll be entered automatically.

Your entry must be posted by Midnight on Friday, December 17th.  The lucky winner will then be announced as a comment by me under this post by Sunday, December 19th.  At that time I will provide instructions on how to contact me in order to claim your prize – which you have 24 hours to do so.  If you don’t email me by that time, I’ll post the next random winner and so on and so forth.  Which means; make sure to check back sometime on 12/19 to see if you’ve won.  And, yes, there is a method to this madness at entering.  Please, only one entry per person – though you might receive bonus points (and another free book perhaps?) by commenting elsewhere on my site.  This doesn’t mean spamming the site.  If you do this, I’ll be forced to send an evil garden gnome to wipe out your vegetable garden come spring.

That’s it.  Good Luck!

And the winner is…

Pedro Zabala from Durham, North Carolina.  You are the lucky winner of The Woods Are Dark by Richard Laymon – the first book that is up for grabs during the 2nd Annual Richard Laymon Book Contest

The next book up for grabs will be the Cemetery Dance, Hardcover edition of The Traveling Vampire Show (one of my personal favorites)The contest will start in a few weeks – so check back often!

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!

Win a Free Copy of Writers Workshop Of Horror

I mentioned awhile back about pre-ordering your own copy of Writers Workshop Of Horror, edited by Michael Knost and published by Woodland Press.  Since that time the book has been released and become an overnight sensation for readers and writers alike who love the horror genre.  The book has been praised by; Rue Morgue Magazine, Fangoria Magazine, Horror World, countless fans, writers and many many others.   You can view the entire list of contributors and what the book is all about by visiting the book’s site linked above.

Because this is such an important book for beginning and existing horror (and every other genre) writers and fans, my good friend, Keith Davis, CEO of Woodland Press, has generously donated a few copies of this book to use for a contest on this site.

How To Win:

Send an email to me (ty_schwamberger@yahoo.com) with a subject line of ‘Writers Workshop Of Horror Contest’ and include your full name and mailing address (you must provide this in your entry or it will be thrown out).  Only one entry per person per household.  Contest runs from 10/27/09 – 11/27/09.  Winner will be notified via email on or shortly after 11/29/09 and announced on this site, as well.  Note:  This is for one copy of the book.  The other copy will be given away in a contest at a later date.

Good Luck and remember to check out all the other great titles offered by Woodland Press when you visit their website!!

From My Bookshelf To Yours

Any Fantasy & Science Fiction writers/readers out there?  If so, here is your chance to win a few things directly from my bookshelf.  All the below items are in New and Unread condition.

From Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine:


December 2008, featuring: Wayne Wightman, John Langan, Eugene Mirabelli, Robert Reed & Warner Law.

January 2009, featuring: Charles Coleman Finlay, Carol Emshwiller, Barry B. Longyear & Jerry Oltion.

February 2009, featuring: Fred Chappell, Jack Cady, Charles Coleman Finlay & Mario Milosevic.

March 2009, featuring: Marc Laidlaw, Daniel Abraham, Robert Bloch & Yoon Ha Lee.

From Baen Publishing:

Baen CD-ROM Library Version 19 – The Tuloriad Disk (2009).

The magazines retailed at the time they were on the store racks for $4.99 each (they sell back issues on their site for $6.00 each) and have around 160 pages in each mag.  So the value of the mags alone is around $20.00.  The below CD-Rom was given to me back in June (2009) at Hypericon 5 (convention) directly from the publisher.

How To Enter:

Send an email to me (ty_schwamberger@yahoo.com) with a Subject Line of ‘Fantasy & Science Fiction Contest’ along with your full name and mailing address.  Only one entry per person allowed.  If you do not send your full name and mailing address at the time of entry, your email will be deleted (so, no, I do not want another email stating, ‘I will send you my mailing address if I win’.).  Contest ends on October 30th at Midnight.  The winner will be notified on or about November 1st.

Good Luck!

Win a Free Copy of Night School

You asked for it, so here it is…starting at midnight (today) through the same time on September 4th, you can enter to win a FREE copy of my novel, Night School.


How To Enter:

Send me an email (ty_schwamberger@yahoo.com) with a subject line of ‘Night School Book Contest’ and include your name and mailing address (yes, this is open to residents of all countries) by midnight on Sept 4th.  One winner will be chosen at random from all entries received on Sept 5th and be notified via email on or about that date.  Please, only one entry per person.  The winner can choose to have it flat signed or personalized prior to shipping.

Good Luck!